Del Mar’s second fall Bing Crosby racing season comes to a close Sunday highlighted by an exciting stakes doubleheader – the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes and the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, both races carded at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
The 35th Matriarch Stakes attracted a talent-laden, full field of 14 older fillies and mares, with one runner on an also-eligible list. Shipping in from the East Coast are Hard Not to Like (John Velazquez), Recepta (Elvis Trujillo), Stellar Path (Silvestre de Sousa), Filimbi (Jose Lezcano), Olorda (Joel Rosario) and She’s Not Here (Mike Smith). The last-named was a two-time winner at Del Mar last summer, accounting for the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap.
Representing the “home team” are Chati’s On Top (Corey Nakatani), Prize Exhibit… Read the rest of this entry >>