INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 26, 2010)—A Group I winner in her native South Africa, Gypsy’s Warning now has a Grade I victory on her resume after her come-from-behind score in the $250,000 Matriarch Friday at Hollywood Park.
Returning to what might be her best distance, the 5-year-old daughter of Mogok and the Royal Chalice mare Gypsy Queen rallied in the center of the turf to defeat pacesetter Wasted Tears and five others.
Meanwhile, in Northern California, no one was able to hit the Pick Six again Friday, so there is a carryover of $128,659 awaiting Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Post time at Golden Gate is 12:45 p.m. The Pick Six begins in the fourth race.
Owned by Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables and trained by Graham Motion, Gypsy’s Warning earned her second victory in five races in the United States.
Under new rider Joel Rosario, Gypsy’s Warning, who had won the Eatontown Handicap, a Grade III May 31 at Monmouth Park in her first in this country, completed the mile in 1:34.01 while winning by 1 ¼ lengths.
Kicking off Hollywood Park’s Turf Festival, which continues Saturday and Sunday, Gypsy’s Warning paid $9.80, $4.20 and $3.20.
Third in the Yellow Ribbon, a Grade I at 1 ¼ miles, in her local debut Oct. 2, Gypsy’s Warning set a moderate pace as the 2-1 favorite before tiring a bit late to wind up 1 ½ lengths behind winner Hibaayeb.
Cutting back to a trip at which she is now 3-for-5, the bay mare responded to a waiting ride. She’s won seven of 16 and increased her earnings to $491,862.
“I didn’t really take her back,’’ said Rosario after his first Matriarch victory. “I just let her relax and get comfortable. She seemed like she was going to be a little rank, but she settled herself down. When I asked her to go, she really kicked.
“The only instructions I got were to let her relax, keep her covered up and make one run. I don’t know how good she is, but she really showed me something today.’’
Wasted Tears, who had won the John C. Mabee Stakes Aug. 15 at Del Mar in her last appearance in California, finished a half-length in front of Go Forth North.
A winner of 11 of 16 on grass for owner, breeder and trainer Bart Evans, Wasted Tears paid $3.60 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice . The show price on 12-1 shot Go Forth North was $3.80.
Westwood Pride finished fourth, then came Camille C, Lilly Fa Pootz and 11-10 favorite Special Duty, who trailed virtually throughout in her first outside Europe.
“She broke well, but she never really wanted to get in the race,’’ said jockey Rafael Bejarano of Special Duty. “She was just completely lost out there. She warmed up real well and I thought she was going to run big.’’
Two races before the Matriarch, Reba Is Tops earned her second win of the Autumn meet, rallying between horses in the stretch to take the $61,980 Raise Your Skirts Stakes.
Returning 19 days after a victory in an optional claimer, the 6-year-old daughter of He’s Tops and the Present Value mare Miss Kyama surged in the final eighth of a mile to win for the 12th time in 26 starts. Patrick Valenzuela rode the Washington bred for owners Kenny Marshall, Gordy Jarnig and Eric Schweiger and trainer Mark Glatt.
Prevailing by 1 ½ lengths in the Raise Your Skirts, Reba Is Tops ran the six furlongs on turf in 1:09.06. She paid $7,60, $3.80 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice. Pink Diamond finished second for the seventh time in a row on turf and 7-5 favorite Waveline was third.
Claimed for $17,500 July 1, 2007 in her third lifetime outing at Emerald Downs, Reba Is Tops, who was her home state’s Horse of the Year in 2009, has since won 10 of 22. She’s earned $361,229.
Racing continues Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
There is a Mike Smith bobblehead giveaway. The likeness of the Hall of Fame jockey is available per paid admission while supplies last.
The 10 race card includes two more Turf Festival races – the $250,000 Citation Handicap and the $100,000 Generous Stakes.
Court Vision, who won the 2008 Hollywood Derby in his only other local start, is one of 10 scheduled to compete in the Citation, a Grade II at 1 1/16 miles. The Generous is a Grade III for 2-year-olds at one mile. Comma to the Top, the easy winner of the Real Quiet Stakes Nov. 6, heads a field of nine.
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