Trainer H. Graham Motion vanned Sanagas from his Fair Hill,
Md., training base Thursday to Newark to be
flown to California for the $250,000 Hollywood
Turf Cup at Hollywood
Sanagas, a 5-year-old German-bred gelding, will be
accompanied by assistant Alice Clapham and stabled in Barn 53 North with
trainer Gary Mandella.
Sanagas will be accompanied on the flight by Gypsy’s Warning,
defending champion in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes here November 25. Motion
said he will fly out two other stakes-winning females, Summer Soiree and
Unbridled Humor, Tuesday to join Gypsy’s Warning in the Matriarch.
Sanagas, to be ridden by Rajiv Maragh, drew the outside post
in a field of seven in the Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles. Sanagas
comes off a victory in the Grade III Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland October 20,
his sixth victory in nine starts.
“We felt the further he goes, the better, and this seemed
like a good fit,” said Motion of the decision to ship for the Turf Cup.
Gypsy’s Warning, a 6-year-old mare, seeks to become the
first repeat winner of the Matriarch since Flawlessly won three in a row from
She is winless in four starts this year since capturing the
“Gypsy’s Warning has been a little unlucky this year,” said
Motion. “On more than one occasion, she has run on a soft turf course, which
she does not care for. The record doesn’t look too good but it’s deceptive.”
The South African-bred mare breezed at Fair Hill Wednesday
and will run for the first time under the silks of Flaxman Holdings, which
purchased her at the Keeneland November sale. Rafael Bejarano has the Matriarch
Motion said that Noble Damsel Stakes winner Unbridled Humor
will breeze Friday and be ridden by Ramon Dominguez. He added that Summer
Soiree, who shipped to California
in August to win the Del Mar Oaks, will breeze Saturday and be ridden by