Review of Matriarch Stakes, Grade I on Turf, at Del Mar on December 02, 2018

Race 7. Matriarch Stakes, Grade I on Turf. For three-year-old and up Fillies and Mares at 1 mile on turf. Purse $300,000.


PP         Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Excellent Summer Rafael Bejarano Anna Meah 30/1
2 Valadorna Mike Smith Mark Casse 15/1
3 Fahan Mura Edwin  Maldonado Vladimir Cerin 12/1
4 Mopotism Geovanni Franco Doug O’Neill 20/1
5 Quidura Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 8/1
6 Ms Bad Behavior Tyler Baze Richard Baltas 20/1
7 Daddy Is a Legend Manuel Franco George Weaver 20/1
8 Insta Erma Drayden Van Dyke Richard Baltas 12/1
9 Vasilika Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer 7/2
10 Mission Impassible Florent Geroux Rodolphe Brisset 5/1
11 Luminoso Evin Roman Doug O’Neill 30/1
12 Dona Bruja Declan Cannon Ignacio Correas, IV 8/1
13 Uni Joel Rosario Chad Brown 9/2
14 Rymska Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 5/1

The recent California rains that drenched Jimmy Durante Turf Course Thursday and Friday have added questions and problems reviewing the 14 entries for the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes.

There were already question surrounding the field: how the locally entries would do against a bunch of graded stakes entries shippers and how those invaders would handle the travel and expected soft footing. Now trainers in both categories have to wonder how suitable the ground will be for their entry today.

Vasilika, 7/2 morning line favorite, is 2-for-2 at Del Mar and has won seven times at this distance.

Dona Bruja just missed in the First Lady at Keeneland on October 6. She likes the distance and won this distance. She should be stalking the leaders down the back stretch and should make a late bid near the quarter pole. She should be on the board.

Uni won her last three flat mile turf stakes in New York. She is an improving filly coming off a small lay off. She should be in mid-pack turning for home  and has a solid chance of finishing in top three.

Rymska will give all she has ever time. She exits winning effort in the Athenia, Grade III, at Belmont on October 21. She will have to show some early speed for position leaving from post position 14.  She should be on the board.

Valadorna finished second in the Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs on September 8. She ran fifth in her last race the First Lady at Keeneland on October 6. She should be in top five.

Fahan Mura likes to set the pace in her turf races. She won six races over the turf in California races. She will be in front and will be the one to catch around the final turn. She should be in top six.

Insta Erma in her last race the First Lady stumbled at the start and ended up sixth. She won the Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs. She ran third in this event last year. She should be in top five.

Mission Impassible ran second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. She is very talented 3-year-old filly. She should be showing her late kick around the 3/8’s pole.

Excellent Sunset crossed the line first but was placed second do to  disqualification in the restricted Kathryn Crosby at this course/distance November 9. This field has a higher level class entries. She is over her head in this race.

Mopotism ran fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She finished last in her lone turf outing in the Gamely earlier this year.

Quidura won the Ballston Spa at Saratoga on August 25. She ran seventh in the First Lady. She will be stalking the leaders and will start her kick around the final turn.

Ms Bad Behavior is a consistent sophomore filly taking on a solid older group of mares. She will be forwardly placed and figures to stalk the pace. She is out classed in this field.

Daddy Is a Legend was shipped to Del Mar and won the Jimmy Durante at this distance last fall. The three-year-old filly has won one race this year, Lake George Stakes, Grade III. She probably would have won the Valley View if she did not go through the rail last time. Her 2018 for six starts is 1-0-2 with earnings of $157,000. She is out classed in this field.

Luminoso’s 2018 record is for seven starts 2-3-1. She won her last race, an allowance race at Santa Anita on October 21. She will start her kick around the quarter pole. This is a big jump in class test.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Vasilika
  • Dona Bruja
  • Uni



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