Matriarch Tops Trio of Stakes on Del Mar’s Closing Day with Mandatory Payouts
Churchill Downs hosts the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, but the 2017 host Del Mar put on quite a show hosing their first Breeders’ Cup this year. Record handle and betting showed that racing fans still love the Sport of Kings on the biggest racing days. Sunday at Del Mar is another big day, as it’s closing day at the seaside track as Del Mar concludes a huge month of racing.
Three graded stakes highlight the 9-race card, and you can get some insight, analysis and picks on those races by clicking here. We’ll add some more insight on the Grade I Matriarch.
The Matriach is race 7 Sunday and a solid field of 12 are lined up for the $300,000 Purse with Fillies and Mares 3&Up going 1 mile on the turf. Flavien Prat returns to ride Lull (5-1), who has placed in 8-of-11 career starts and is healthy. She’s won a pair of races this year including her career-best run in the Autumn Miss (G3) last time out a month ago at Santa Anita. That strong stalking trip over a big field show’s she’s running well and should make another money finish. Off Limits (5-1) is an Irish-bred mare trained by Chad Brown who teams with Joel Rosario in search of her 4rd straight win. Rosario is a strong stretch-running rider and can pull this off with the right pace, which she got last time out in the Athenia (G3) at Belmont as the even-money favorite. But note horses on the lead have had much success over the turf at this Del Mar meet. Rubilinda (10-1) is a hard-trying 3-year-old who steps into graded company for the first time. The Chad Brown-trained filly has won 3-of-4 at Belmont and has great action when rolling. A playable price for the East coast shipper. Instant Erma (12-1) is off her career-best effort in winning her first stakes race in 14 career races. Yet the placement here is so bad that some horsemen might suggest trainer Richard Baltas be fined. Just an observation for those that understand.