OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Matriarch Stakes is on tap for this Sunday, December 4 at Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Del Mar's turf track and race one mile searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
A field of 12 of some of the best female turfers around will take to the track in the Matriarch Stakes - race 7 on Del Mar's Sunday card. Post time is 3:30 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 12 combatants for this intriguing G1 stakes on the final day of the seaside racetrack's fall meet .
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2016 Matriarch Stakes Entries at Del Mar Race Track
Miss Temple City - has placed in 10 of 15 career starts for trainer Graham Motion and enters off an OK fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile which followed a terrific win in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland October 8. She was OK before that - a close fifth in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 27 followed a fourth in the G1 Diana Stakes on that track July 23 and respectable fourth in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot June 15. She posted a terrific win against the boys in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland in April, had a decent second in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last October 10 and an OK third in the G2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park last September 12. Miss Temple City has been in the mix lately and tries for a second G1 win in three starts from the outside gate 12 with Edgar Prado guiding her again.
Time and Motion - has nine career starts for trainer James Toner with five wins, a second and a third place finish. She enters off a good win in the G1 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland October 15 after another win in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 21. She also had a second behind Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 9 and a nice three race win streak - the listed Wonder Again Stakes June 5, the minor Memories Of Silver Stakes April 24 and a MSW at Gulfstream in March. The streak followed a couple of OK results in graded stakes action - a fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and a third in the G3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park last September. Time and Motion has been superb lately and will be after her third straight graded stakes victory in her first start against older fillies and mares from post 11 Sunday. John Velazquez has the mount.
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Zindaya - Chad Brown trained mare has placed in 13 of 15 career starts - six wins, four seconds and three third place finishes. She enters off a good win in the G2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita November 6 which followed a respectable second in the G3 Noble Damsel Stakes at Woodbine September 24. The year she's also had a third in the minor Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga August 6, a nice win in the minor Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont Park in June (a race she won in 2015 as well) and a second in the minor License Fee Stakes at Belmont Park in May. Zindaya has placed in seven of her last eight starts with four wins over that span and will chase her second straight graded stakes victory from gate 4 Sunday with Javier Castellano in the reins.
Roca Rojo - Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has won five of her six career starts. She won her first two starts at home and debuted in North America with an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park June 30. She followed that with a fourth in the minor Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes in August, another Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park September 15 and a career best effort last time out - a win in the G3 Athenia Stakes at Belmont Park October 23. Roca Rojo has been impressive in her career so far and will be after her second straight graded stakes score from post 7. Florent Geroux is scheduled to ride.
Mexican Gold - has eight career starts for trainer Chad Brown with three wins, a second and two third place finishes. She started her career in France and posted some nice results - a win in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte in April, 2015 and a second in the minor Prix de Saint-Cyr in October, 2015 being the best. She was out of racing for nearly a year and returned September 4 to an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga - her North American debut. Last time out was a respectable third in the G3 Athenia Stakes at Belmont Park October 23. Mexican Gold has participated in some pretty big races and fared well. She has placed in three straight races and tries for a first North American graded stakes score with Irad Ortiz in the reins from gate 6.
Tiz a Kiss - has 22 career starts for trainer Richard Baltas with four wins, seven seconds and a third place finish. She enters off a respectable second in the G2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita November 6, a fifth in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes on that track October 1 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Del Mar September 1. Before that was a second in the minor Solana Beach Stakes August 14, a fifth in the minor Dream of Summer Stakes here March 27 and an eighth in her only other graded stakes action to date - the G3 Megahertz Stakes in January. Tiz a Kiss has been OK lately but shoots for her first ever stakes win from the rail. Kent Desormeaux gets the call.
Kitcat - Chilean bred Juan Silva trained filly has seven wins and four second place finishes in her 15 race career. She won her last four starts at home including the Group 1 Club Hipico de Santiago Falabella Breeder's Cup in May and the Group 2 Carlos Campino in April. She debuted in North America October 8 and finished second in the minor Swingtime Stakes at Santa Anita and followed that with a slightly disappointing twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last time out November 5. Kitcat has definitely show form in the past and will be out for a strong bounce back Sunday from post 3. Tiago Josue Pereira has been tabbed to ride.
Stays in Vegas - has five wins, a second and three third place finishes in 11 career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer - all of the wins in stakes races. Last time out was a disappointing sixth in the G1 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland October 15 after an OK third in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 20, another third in the G2 San Clemente Handicap July 23, another third in the G2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita June 19 and a good win in the G3 Senorita Stakes May 7. She also had a close second in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 12, a win in the minor Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate last November 1 and a victory in the Surer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita October 10, 2015. Stays in Vegas has been competitive virtually every time out but will be hoping to bounce back off an uncharacteristic effort last time out. Drayden Van Dyke has the mount.
Decked Out - Keith Desormeaux trained filly has two wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 15 career starts. She enters off an ugly twelfth in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita October 1, an OK second in the G1 Del Mar Oaks August 20, a disappointing ninth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 9 and consecutive fourths - in the G2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita June 19 and in the G3 Senorita Stakes on that track May 7. Before that was a career best effort - a 2 3/4 length win after racing in last in the G3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita April 9. Decked out had four graded stakes starts earlier in her career with a third in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes in July, 2015 being the best result. She has placed in just one of her last five overall (two back) and will look to snap an ugly slide from post 9. Victor Espinoza rides.
Prize Exhibit - British bred James Cassidy trained filly finished fourth in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and has certainly been up and down since. She posted two nice wins early last summer - the G3 Senorita Stakes in June and the G2 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar in July. She went on to a respectable third in the G1 Del Mar Oaks in August and a second in the 2015 Yellow Ribbon Stakes last September. She hasn't looked great since however - she has placed in just one of her last nine starts overall. Last time out was a fifth in the G2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita November 6 after a fourth in the minor Swingtime Stakes on that track October 8, a tenth in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes here September 4, an OK second in the minor Osunitas Stakes here in July, a seventh in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes here in July and a sixth in the G1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 11. Prize Exhibit has shown form in the past but hasn't looked good lately. Mike Smith has been trusted with changing Prize Exhibit's fortunes around from post 10.
Sobradora Inc - Argentinean bred Simon Callaghan trained filly was impressive in her first five career starts - five wins including a pair of Group 1 races and a Group 3 stakes at home. She debuted in North America August 7 and won the minor Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar but hasn't been great since - a fifth in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes September 4 was followed by a tenth in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita October 1 and another fifth in the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes on this track November 11. Sobradora Inc has struggled lately but hopes to rediscover her early-career form from post 5 Sunday. Martin Garcia will be in the irons.
Nancy From Nairobi - John Sadler trained British bred mare has five wins, six seconds and a third place finishes in 26 career starts. She started her career in Europe and was OK before debuting in North America with a second place finish in an Allowance Optional Claiming December 30. She enters off in a bit of a funk - a sixth last time out in the G2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita November 6 followed a disappointing eleventh in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes here September 4 and an OK third in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on this track July 16. This year she also posted a fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind in the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 30 and a good three race win streak - the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes May 5 and two Allowance Optional Claiming races - all at Santa Anita. Nancy From was terrific early in 2016 and hopes to snap a four race losing streak from gate 8 with Tyler Baze guiding her.
2016 Matriarch Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 7 on Del Mar's Sunday card with a Post Time of 6:30 PM.
|1||Tiz a Kiss||Kent Desormeaux||Richard Baltas|
|2||Stays in Vegas||Drayden Van Dyke||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|3||Kitcat (CHI)||Tiago Pereira||Juan Silva|
|4||Zindaya||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|5||Sobradora Inc (ARG)||Martin Garcia||Simon Callaghan|
|6||Mexican Gold||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|7||Roca Rojo (IRE)||Florent Geroux||Chad Brown|
|8||Nancy From Nairobi (GB)||Tyler Baze||John Sadler|
|9||Decked Out||Victor Espinoza||J. Desormeaux|
|10||Prize Exhibit (GB)||Mike Smith||James Cassidy|
|11||Time and Motion||John Velazquez||James Toner|
|12||Miss Temple City||Edgar Prado||H. Motion|