Shippers Loom in Matriarch

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By Emily Shields

The final Grade 1 race over the turf festival weekend at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares going a mile on the grass. The race has drawn nine, including five out of town shippers that are formidable in this spot. Watch TVG for non-stop coverage of racing at Del Mar, and visit TVG.com to bet Del Mar online.

# 3 Sharing (5-1) is a price despite doing nearly everything perfectly in her career. The daughter of Speightstown won the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and won her 2020 debut before shipping to Royal Ascot and running second in one of the biggest races of the meeting. She returned to Kentucky to win in Grade 2 company at Churchill Downs and has been off since then. Graham Motion trains the filly, who tries elders for the first time.

#4 Blowout (4-1) is the first of the three Chad Brown entrants. She lost to stablemate Viadera in September, and has missed by a neck in two starts in a row. She was a stakes winner at a mile at Belmont twice in 2019, and has yet to miss the top three spots in 10 career starts, but only has three wins. Flavien Prat will climb aboard here.

#5 Juliet Foxtrot (4-1) hails from the Brad Cox barn. A Grade 3 winner at Pimlico last out, she ran second by a nose on this course last August, and then finished third in this race last year. Mike Smith will be up on the multiple Grade 1 placed runner for the first time.

#6 Viadera (7-2) is the second from the Brown barn. She is making just her fourth United States start, but has won two of them already, both in New York and both by a neck. She is unbeaten in four tries at the distance.

#9 Tamahere (4-1) rounds out the Brown runners. The daughter of international sensation Wootton Bassett made her American debut in October, winning by two lengths in Grade 2 company at Belmont Park. She is three for six at the distance and has never been worse than third. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will fly in to ride the sophomore filly.

The field is rounded out by Grade 1 winning California-bred Mucho Unusual, who took the Rodeo Drive (G1) two back and is a stakes winner on this course, recent Santa Anita Grade 2 winner Maxim Rate, Del Mar Grade 2 heroine Bodhicitta who is 12-1 morning line, and 30-1 shot She’s Our Charm for Ron McAnally.

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