Wasted Tears arrived Friday on a van from Texas. Special Duty was flown in Saturday night from France. Gypsy’s Warning is scheduled to be flown west from Maryland Monday.
The three fillies and mares were among seven entered at Hollywood Park Sunday for the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes, which kicks off the $950,000 Turf Festival Friday. Four more turf stakes will be run Saturday and Sunday.
The female logging the most travel miles for the Grade I Matriarch at one mile is Special Duty, a 3-year-old filly trained in France by Christiane “Criquette” Head-Maarek for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms.
Special Duty, winner of the Group I Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last year and the Group I Thousand Guineas at Newmarket and Group I French Thousand Guineas at Longchamp this year, is scheduled to clear quarantine Monday morning and go to the track.
The English-bred daughter of Hennessy was accompanied by assistants Pascal Galoche and Charlie Rossi. Head-Maarek is scheduled to arrive Thursday night.
Juddmonte, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, has won the Matriarch a record six times in the 28-year history of the race. Five of the wins were for late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who passed away last year shortly before Ventura won an emotional sixth for Juddmonte for former Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio.
Wasted Tears, a 5-year-old mare owned, trained and bred by Bart Evans, is vanned to all her races across the country from his Texas ranch. She made an auspicious California debut in August with a game wire-to-wire victory in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes on the Del Mar turf.
Stabled in Barn 53 North, Wasted Tears will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland October 9 that ended a seven-race winning streak. Kentucky-bred Wasted Tears has won 11 of 17 career starts.
Gypsy’s Warning, a 5-year-old South African-bred mare, will be shipped here from the Fair Hill, Md., training center of Graham Motion for the second time in two months. She finished a strong third in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes here October 2 after setting most of the pace.
Trainer Rick Dutrow confirmed from New York Sunday that Court Vision would be flown west Monday after a morning breeze at Aqueduct to compete in the $250,000 Citation Handicap Saturday.
Dutrow said that his brother, Chip, will deputize after the 5-year-old horse is bedded down in the barn of Mike Mitchell, 72 West. Joel Rosario will ride the horse for the first time in the Grade II test at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Court Vision showed an affinity for the Hollywood Park turf in his only previous outing on it, a victory in the Grade I Hollywood Derby two years ago. Court Vision went on to two more Grade I victories on grass—the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last year and the Woodbine Mile earlier in 2010—en route to more than $2.5-million in earnings.
Court Vision is the expected starting highweight at 122 pounds. Other probable starters include Enriched, Patrick Valenzuela, 120; Proudinsky, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Victor’s Cry, no rider, 118; Violon Sacre, Pablo Fragoso, 118; Bruce’s Dream, Joe Talamo, 117; Colgan’s Chip, Brice Blanc, 115; Meteore, Alonso Quinonez, 115; and Ryehill Dreamer, no rider, 114.
Trainer Neil Drysdale said that a probable Monday work would clarify the status of Oak Tree Mile winner Liberian Freighter, assigned 117.
Violon Sacre is also scheduled to be shipped west Monday. Based at Monmouth Park with trainer Patrick Biancone, the 5-year-old horse won the Grade III Knickerbocker Handicap on the Belmont turf October 17 in his last start.
Dutrow said that Court Vision would be accompanied on the flight by Cloneylass, a 2-year-old filly who will run in the $100,000 Miesque Stakes Sunday. The Irish-bred filly finished a closing third in the Jessamine Stakes, her United States debut at Keeneland October 14.
Citrus Kid, runner-up in the Grade I Jamaica Handicap in his last start on the Belmont Park turf on October 9, hopes to follow the success stories of other Eastern invaders in the $250,000 Hollywood Derby Nov. 28. The Grade I test is for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
A lengthy list of shippers to win the prestigious race include Court Vision in 2008, Showing Up in 2006 and Good Reward in 2004.
Citrus Kid, a Kentucky-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid out of Orange Ice, is trained by John Terranova and will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano.
Other probable starters include Oak Tree Derby winner Fantastic Pick (Corey Nakatani), Oak Tree Derby runners-up Blue Panis (Joe Talamo), Kid Edward (David Flores) and Sebastian Flyte (Joel Rosario), El Cajon Stakes winner Haimish Hy and recent allowance winner Juniper Pass (Brice Blanc).
E Z’s Gentleman, who scored the biggest victory of his career in the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap here in July, blew out three furlongs in 36.80 here Sunday morning before trainer Bob Baffert entered him in the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes, highlight of a Thanksgiving Day program. Post time Thursday is 11 a.m.
E Z’s Gentleman will face five rivals in the Grade III test at six furlongs on Cushion Track, including California Cup Sprint winner Cost of Freedom.
Defending champion Kinsale King worked four furlongs in 48.80 but will skip the race to target the Hong Kong Sprint December 12, according to trainer Carl O‘Callaghan. The international globetrotter has already visited Dubai and England this year in addition to California and Kentucky.
Trainer Doug O’Neill said that he planned to enter a trio of Boxeur des Rues, Divine Child and Dominator in the $100,000 Generous Stakes, a Grade III test for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf Saturday.
Boxeur des Rues will be reunited with jockey Rafael Bejarano after bolting at the far turn and unseating him in his United States debut in the Norfolk Stakes here on October 2.
“Boxeur des Rues has been working with Rafael and has been looking like the horse we hoped he was,” said O’Neill of the English import, who won his debut at Kempton in September.
“Dominator has been here a few weeks,” said O’Neill of a second English import. Dominator will make his first U.S. start after a maiden win in his first start at Ayr in August.
Divine Child finished fourth in the Real Quiet Stakes November 6.
Real Quiet winner Comma to the Top, another Generous nominee, worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 for trainer Peter Miller.
Other probable starters includee English import Surrey Star (Joe Talamo), Moment of Weakness (Corey Nakatani), Gab Power (Patrick Valenzuela) and Great Rising Star (Victor Espinoza).
FINISH LINES— Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was named recipient of the 2010 Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America, will be in Japan this week to ride in all-star competition and return here Sunday, according to agent Brad Pegram*…California Cup Classic winner Soul Candy worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.80 for trainer *Paddy Gallagher for the $100,000 Grade III Native Diver Handicap on December 4…Premier Pegasus, winner of the $100,000 Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes Saturday, will try to follow in the footsteps of Declan’s Moon when he returns for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity December 18 for owner-breeder-trainer Myung Kwon Cho. Declan’s Moon, the last horse to complete the Prevue-Futurity sweep in 2004, capped an unbeaten 2-year-old season with his fourth win, a figure that Premier Pegasus will try to duplicate…Lookin at Lucky, who won the Futurity last year en route to an Eclipse Award, has been retired to Ashford Stud in Kentucky…Trainer Mike Machowsky said the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on December 26 is next for Caracortado, an impressive winner in his turf debut here this month…Switch, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, worked a bullet four furlongs in 46.60 for trainer John Sadler for the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on December 26…Trainer Vladimir Cerin is one shy of 1,000 career victories, a milestone he hopes to reach Thursday…Complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinners will be served to licensed horsemen Thursday in the stable kitchen, beginning at 10 a.m.
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