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Two grey mares capped off the final
Hollywood Turf Festival at Betfair Hollywood Park Sunday with a
thrilling stretch run in the Grade 1 Matriarch, one that ended with
Egg Drop splattering big prices all over the tote board.
The 4-year-old daughter of Alphabet
Soup got out to a clear lead early on and sailed down the backstretch
through moderate fractions under Martin Garcia. Despite coming in off
back-to-back wins in graded stakes company, Egg Drop went off at odds
of more than 10-1, and she looked a bit weary as the field
straightened into the stretch.
Meanwhile, Discreet Marq had swept to
the lead and appeared bound for her second Grade 1 win of the year.
She and Rafael Bejarano were in full flight for the wire, but back
came Egg Drop, who erased a half-length deficit in mid-stretch, drew
even with her rival, and got her nose down on the wire.
In addition to Discreet Marq, Egg Drop
defeated a field that included top-class mares Better Lucky,
Dayatthespa, and Tiz Flirtatious, who finished third, fourth, and
fifth. The win was her sixth in 12 lifetime starts, and Mike Mitchell
trains her for Little Red Feather Racing.
Elsewhere, here were some of the other
headlines from this past weekend in Inglewood.
The final Hollywood Derby
contested at Hollywood Park was won by Seek Again, who was making
his North American debut for trainer John Gosden. Last seen winning
at York in October, the son of Speightstown rated in eighth early on
under Corey Nakatani before shooting up the rail to prevail by a
length and a half over 3-1 favorite Admiral Kitten in the 10-furlong
Grade I event.
Saturday boasted the Generous and
Miesque stakes races for 2-year-olds going long on the grass. Global View and jockey Joe Talamo rallied from fourth to take the Generous,
while 12-1 shot Full Ransom went from last to first in the Miesque
(for fillies). The Miesque saw one of the heaviest favorites of the
weekend, 4/5 choice Clenor, but the Doug O'Neill trainee had no late
run and could only manage a fifth-place finish.
Last seen running a huge third
behind Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Silentio returned with a
bang in the Grade II Citation Handicap. The 3/2 favorite raced sixth
behind honest early fractions before rallying turning for home, but
the battle was joined by Summer Front and jockey Joe Bravo. Those
two, and eventual third-place finisher Winning Prize, battled
through the stretch, and Silentio ultimately got the benefit of the
head bob on the wire for Wertheimer et Frere and trainer Gary
Another Breeders' Cup runner,
Majestic Stride, took the Thanksgiving Day feature, the Grade III
Vernon O. Underwood. Fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint behind
Secret Circle, the gelding by Trippi prompted the pace before
drawing clear in the lane and looking every bit the 3/5 favorite in
winning by more than two lengths under Edwin Maldonado. It's the
first graded stakes win for the Jeff Bonde trainee, who also chased
Secret Circle in the 2012 Southwest Stakes last spring at Oaklawn