Race of the Week 2017

Matriarch Attracts Seven

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, which has won The Matriarch a record six times, will try for another Friday when the Grade I is run for the 29th time.

Juddmonte, which won a year ago with favored Ventura, will be represented by homebred Special Duty in the $250,000 race at one mile on turf.

The Matriarch commences Hollywood Park’s three-day Autumn Turf Festival. The Festival also includes the $100,000 Generous Stakes and $250,000 Citation Handicap Nov. 27 and $100,000 Miesque Stakes and $250,000 Hollywood Derby Nov. 28.

Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Special Duty is a 3-year-old, English bred daughter of Hennessy out of the Distant View mare Quest to Peak.

While competing in Group I or Group II races in all but one of her nine starts, Special Duty has won four times, amassing earnings of $1,070,938.

Her most significant win came in the Cheveley Park Stakes, a Group I, Oct. 2, 2009 at Newmarket in her native land.

Besides Ventura, Juddmonte’s other Matriarch wins have come with Wandesta (1996), Ryafan (1997), Heat Haze (2003), Intercontinental (2004) and Price Tag (2006). All except Ventura were trained by the late Bobby Frankel, who has a record eight victories in a race first run in 1981.

A South African bred, Gypsy’s Warning will shorten up a bit for her second start in California. Third as the favorite in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at 1 ¼ miles Oct. 2 during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet, Gypsy’s Warning will be seeking her third win in five tries at the Matriarch distance.

Trained by Graham Motion for Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables, Gypsy’s Warning has won six of 16 and earned $341,862. She’s a 5-year-old by Mogok and the Royal Chalice mare Gypsy Queen.

Lilly Fa Pootz comes off a rare subpar effort for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who co-owns the 5-year-old with Team Green. She was last of nine in the Yellow Ribbon, her first off the board finish in 12 starts in 2010.

Claimed for $16,000 Dec. 10, 2009 at Golden Gate Fields by her current connections, Lilly Fa Pootz has since won four times and earned $212,870. Overall, the daughter of Gilded Time and the Fit to Fight mare Dark Rhythm has won eight of 30 and banked $252,492.

Wasted Tears, who had a seven race win streak snapped when she was fifth in the Abu Dhabi First Lady Oct. 9 at Keeneland, is hoping to get back on track in her second trip to California.

Owned and bred by trainer Bart Evans, the 5-year-old daughter of Najran and the Greinton mare Wishes and Roses won the John C. Mabee Aug. 15 at Del Mar in her first start in this state. She’s won 11 of 17 and banked $720,598.

Go Forth North rebounded after an eighth place finish in the Yellow Ribbon to earn a nose victory in the Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap 15 days later. All three of her wins have come at the Matriarch distance.

She has earned $171,164 in 11 starts. Owned by L-Bo Racing, Monte Pyle and Summer of Fun Racing, the 3-year-old North Light filly and the Holy Bull mare Witch Tradition is trained by A C Avila. Price Tag was the last 3-year-old to win the Matriarch.

Camille C will be seeking her first turf win, having gone 0-for-3 on the surface.  The California bred daughter of Roman Dancer and the Rahy mare Paris Operetta was fourth in the Providencia Stakes April 3 at Santa Anita in her most recent grass race.

Owned by Carlos Polanco and trained by Marcelo Polanco, Camille C has won three of 16 and earned $293,551.

Another 3-year-old, Westwood Pride, was second, beaten by a neck by Briecat, in the Las Palmas Handicap at the Matriarch distance Oct. 31. She has three wins in 10 tries. Owned by Juliana and Rustin Kretz and trained by Kristin Mulhall, the Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Kingmambo mare Palau has earned $111,044.

From inside out, the field for The Matriarch: Gypsy’s Warning, Joel Rosario rides, 123 pounds; Lilly Fa Pootz, Joe Talamo, 123; Camille C, Victor Espinoza, 120; Westwood Pride, Patrick Valenzuela, 120; Go Forth North, David Flores, 120; Special Duty, Rafael Bejarano, 120 and Wasted Tears, Rajiv Maragh, 123.

Earlier in the afternoon, Waveline, Reba Is Tops and six other fillies and mares will get together in the $55,000-added Raise Your Skirt Stakes. The race is at six furlongs on turf.

Post time for the 10 race card is 12:30 p.m.





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