The 6-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom raced to a 5 1/4-length victory in the turf mile, and she ran it in 1:33.60, the second-fastest time for the headliner since it was shifted from Hollywood Park to Del Mar nine years ago.
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Regal Glory was handled by Flavien Prat, who went on to win six races for the day to ensure he would be the leading rider at the meet. He finished with 24 firsts in 86 mounts, a 36 percent win rate. It was his sixth local riding title and second one in the fall. Prat had won six races in a day at Santa Anita on May 18, 2020.
|Del Mar wins in a day||Date||Wins||Rides|
|Víctor Espinoza||Sept. 4, 2006||7||10|
|Drayden Van Dyke||Aug. 19, 2018||7||8|
|Bill Shoemaker||Sept. 4, 1954||6||8|
|Rudy Rosales||Sept. 6, 1969||6||9|
|Laffit Pincay Jr.||July 28, 1976||6||8|
|Laffit Pincay Jr.||July 29, 1978||6||8|
|Flavien Prat||Dec. 5, 2022||6||8|
Chad Brown, who trains Regal Glory, captured his fifth edition of the stakes, including last year’s running. Regal Glory will be retired now to a breeding career.
Finishing second in the Matriarch was England’s Rose, the Mercedes Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ mare who had just a nose on Bobby Flay’s third-place Pizza Bianca.
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The classy Regal Glory blows on by to defend her title in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes. This makes win 5?? for Flavien. ?? pic.twitter.com/tsTSmbalYI— Del Mar Racetrack (@DelMarRacing) December 4, 2022
The winner earned a check for $240,000 in her swan song and closed out her running days with a record of 23: 13-6-0 with total winnings of $2,619,134.
As the 3-5 favorite, Regal Glory paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.20 across the board. England’s Rose returned $6.60 and $3.60 and Pizza Bianca $4.20.
Speed Boat Beach scores in DeMille
Pegram, Watson and Weitman’s Speed Boat Beach raced to a half-length victory in the $101,500 Cecil B. DeMille (G3) at a mile on the turf.
Prat was aboard that winner, too, and the 2-year-old by Bayern earned a first prize of $60,000, pushing his career money mark to $178,000.
Flavien Prat just keeps winning - he's won on all four of his mounts so far today!
#7 SPEED BOAT BEACH (Bayern) wins the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille (G3) on the turf @delmarracing.December 4, 2022
Bob Baffert trains Speed Boat Beach, and the stakes tally was his 156th at the shore oval, a mark that put him more than 70 winners ahead of his next pursuer.
As the 17-10 favorite, Speed Boat Beach paid $5.40 to win after covering the distance in 1:35.38.
In the track’s popular Pick Six Single Ticket Jackpot, which was in effect under mandatory payout rules, the bet drew a total of $3,577,229 in fresh money to go with a carryover of $513,149, meaning the total pool was $4,090,378. There were 3,234 winning tickets in the six-race wager, and each paid $1,002.92.