Grade I Matriarch Tops Stakes Tripleheader on Del Mar’s Closing Day
Closing Day at Del Mar on Thanksgiving weekend, as the home of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup concludes a November knockout of a month of racing with 3 graded stakes and mandatory payouts. We have some more turkey treats for Sunday’s closing card. All three graded stakes are on the turf, where we’ll chip-in some picks looking to cash-in and get the green.
Race 3 – The Grade II Seabiscuit. $200,000 Purse with 3-year-olds & up going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The two favorites are your best bets, as Pee Wee Reese (5-2) has three wins in four starts including a runner-up finish. His last race was a wire-to-wire win going 1 mile in the American Stakes (G2) July 4 over the favorite, Om at Santa Anita. Many strong drills leading in today and the course has been favorite runners on the front end. Om (2-1) will try to turn the tables with top jock Van Dyke in the irons for trainer Hendricks, Om has run two stronger stakes at Del Mar since that July 4 runner-up including 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Race 7 – The Grade I Matriach. $300,000 Purse with Fillies and Mares 3&Up going 1 mile on the turf. The closing day feature drew a large field of 12 and we’ll chip-in a trio of contenders. Flavien Prat returns to ride Lull (5-1) is healthy and has five in the money in six starts this year including a pair of wins. The most recent was last time out Oct. 29 in the Autumn Miss (G3) at Santa Anita, a stalking trip and strong finish over a field of 14. Looks good again Sunday. Rubilinda (10-1) is a hard-trying 3-year-old in here for trainer Chad Brown, and she’s been a top pick since her maiden win at Belmont in May. She’s won 3-of-4 at Belmont and has great action when rolling. She ships West and a price worth playing with Jose Ortiz up. Off Limits (IRE, 5-1) is another Brown entry looking for 4 wins in a row with strong stretch runner Joel Rosario aboard again.
Race 9 – The Grade III Cecil B. DeMille. The final race of the meet has 11 two-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf chasing a $100,000 purse. A pair of talented runners are both worth win wagers, as Inscom (7-2) is a really nice colt with wonderful action and health to begin his career. Prat rides and knows him well. He’ll be up close throughout which again is the place to be over this course right now. Nice fit. Analyze it (5-2) is the favorite for Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz, and his brother Irad rode him to a 1-mile debut victory a month ago at Belmont by more than 6 lengths at 13-1 odds. He journey’s West to take on some winners. Not an easy spot to repeat and price not as appealing, but Brown has a plan and it’s often well meant.
Looking for a longshot? The starter allowance in Race 6 has a pair to include in win wagers and Pick 3 or 4’s. #1 It’s Tiz Time (8-1) and #7 Trapalanda (15-1).
The WCHR – westcoasthorseracing.com contributed to this report.