Sunday's $500,000 Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile on turf will be led by defending champion Precious Kitten, who was 4th against males in the Breeders' Cup Mile last month. Precious Kitten, a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner, will be making her final career start in the Matriarch for owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables.
Current meet leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, has the call on Precious Kitten for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who has a good chance of notching his 5th consecutive Matriarch. He also sends out Visit, who ran 4th in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The Matriarch is the 7th race and co-feature with the Hollywood Derby on a 10-race card that wraps up a three-day Turf Festival that begins today (Friday).
$500,000 Guaranteed, One Mile (Turf)
Fillies and Mares 3 years old and up
1 BLACK MAMBA (NZ) 03 M 123 Smith, M Sadler, John
2 MAGICAL FANTASY 05 F 120 Solis, A Gallagher, Patrick
3 PRECIOUS KITTEN 03 M 123 Bejarano, R Frankel, Robert
4 CRIMINOLOGIST 03 M 123 Prado, E McGaughey III, Claude
5 ROSINKA (IRE) 03 M 123 Rose, J Motion, H.
6 I CAN SEE 03 M 123 Baze, T Knapp, Steve
7 VISIT (GB) 05 F 120 Gomez, G Frankel, Robert
8 ROSHANI 03 M 123 Velazquez, J Pletcher, Todd
9 COCOA BEACH (CHI) 04 F 123 Dominguez, R bin Suroor, Saeed
Thanks to Cindy Pierson Dulay for the photo of Precious Kitten winning the Gallorette Hcp. 5/19/07.