Godolphin homebred Matareya has answered each query requested of her with aplomb this yr, discovering her greatest stride round one flip and posting an ideal 4-for-4 document that she’s going to placed on the road in opposition to six rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test, a seven-furlong dash for sophomore fillies, at Saratoga Race Course.
The Test is certainly one of three Grade 1 occasions on Saturday, led by the nine-furlong $1 million Whitney for older horses over the primary monitor and the 1 3/16-mile $1 million Caesars Saratoga Derby for sophomores on the Mellon turf. The profitable card additionally options the Grade 2, $250,000 Glens Falls for older fillies and mares over the garden; and the $135,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure, a restricted stakes for older horses travelling 1 1/16 miles over the turf.
Matareya has flourished this yr beneath the care of conditioner Brad Cox after going 1-for-4 in her juvenile marketing campaign. The bay daughter of the late Pioneerof the Nile has received her 4 outings this season by a mixed 22 1/4 lengths, most lately scoring her first Grade 1 victory within the $500,000 Acorn on June 11 at Belmont Park.
“She’s doing actually good,” stated Cox. “She’s had 4 works right here and he or she’s transferring nice. She’s joyful. She’s a really low-maintenance filly to be sincere. She’s quiet and very easy to coach. She’s been very constant this yr, so I am trying ahead to the race on Saturday.”
Matareya flashed her abilities round one flip early on, graduating on debut in August at Ellis Park in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden by 4 1/2 lengths. The remainder of the yr noticed her unable to search out the winner’s circle once more, stretching out to 1 1/16 miles within the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland and ending an excellent fifth behind stablemate Juju’s Map. She closed out the yr with a pair of runner-up finishes within the Fern Creek in November at Churchill Downs and a one-mile allowance in December at Oaklawn Park.
“We actually favored her final yr. We thought she was certainly one of our higher fillies,” stated Cox. “I assumed initially she would perhaps stretch [out] simply primarily based off pedigree and the way she skilled, however we form of see in her races that she wasn’t ending up fairly like we have been hoping round two turns. We did ask her to run round two turns in two superb races with the Alciabiades and the allowance race at Oaklawn, which had [Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner] Secret Oath in it. So, it was high quality fields, however as soon as we minimize her again to 1 flip, she appeared to be a special horse.”
This yr has been a turning level for Matareya, who commenced her season with a robust 5 1/4-length win in a second-level allowance in February at Honest Grounds Race Course. She made the grade in her subsequent outing with an 8 1/2-length romp within the Grade 3 Beaumont the place she stalked a size off the tempo and took command on the stretch name to attract away to her highly effective rating beneath Flavien Prat and earn a career-high 94 Beyer Pace Determine.
Every begin in 2022 has been a step up from the final for Matareya, who reached Grade 2 success in her third begin of the yr over stakes winner Fairly Birdie and graded stakes-winner Depraved Halo within the Eight Belles on Could 6 at Churchill Downs. The bay filly reached the head of success in her most up-to-date outing, proving a lot the perfect within the Acorn and dazzling with a 6 1/4-length benefit over subsequent stakes winner Divine Huntress over a quick Huge Sandy.
“It was large,” Cox stated of the Acorn effort. “Godolphin will add her to their broodmare band and that is very highly effective. It is massive for us and them to have these fillies with massive pedigrees to carry out within the afternoon on the graded stakes stage.”
Flavien Prat, who has piloted Matareya to every of her three graded wins this yr, retains the mount from the within put up.
“She’s very fast from the gate. She may break and present the way in which or she may break and sit off,” stated Cox. “She’s very versatile and listens to precisely what the rider desires from her. Flavien has finished a superb job on her within the final three begins and we’re searching for extra this time.”
The Rudy Rodriguez-trained Sizzling Peppers can be having fun with a steadier ascent to the highest after exhibiting an amazing step up in kind since becoming a member of Rodriguez this spring. The daughter of Khozan is 2-for-2 for her new conditioner, with each wins coming in stakes firm, and can look to provide Rodriguez a repeat victory on this occasion after he took final yr’s version with Bella Sofia.
“She’s doing good. She’s doing the whole lot that was requested of her right here at Saratoga,” stated Rodriguez. “She’s snug and consuming good, in order that’s a plus. The competitors might be powerful – in a Grade 1 it is not simple. However she looks as if she will make the subsequent step.”
Owned by Michael Dubb and Michael Caruso, Sizzling Peppers was bought privately from coach Ronald Spatz after her second-out commencement at second asking in January at Gulfstream Park. Spatz continued to coach the filly by means of her subsequent three outings, selecting up an allowance in opposition to fellow Florida-breds and an optional-claiming rating in opposition to open firm earlier than finishing her tenure with Spatz with an off-the-board end within the Sophomore Fillies in March at Tampa Bay Downs for her stakes debut.
The constant Sizzling Peppers wouldn’t be denied in her subsequent attempt on the stakes stage, coasting to a facile rating within the Jersey Woman on June 12 at Belmont in her first outing for Rodriguez.
She made the grade within the Grade 3 Victory Experience on July 2 over Huge Sandy, preventing every step of the way in which to carry onto a slim lead and in the end prevailing by three-quarters of a size over Half Is Sufficient within the 6 1/2-furlong dash for sophomore fillies.
“Once I obtained her and he or she began working, I all the time thought she may step as much as the plate, and up to now, she has not disenchanted us,” Rodriguez stated. “She’s been doing the whole lot that we ask and we simply are joyful for [the owners] to let her be within the barn.”
Rodriguez stated he has full confidence in jockey Luis Saez to engineer one other profitable trip aboard Sizzling Peppers from put up 6.
“I am not going to alter techniques. We all know she desires to be in management, and he or she’s been doing that since Day One, so I am not prepared to alter it,” Rodriguez stated. “If one thing occurs within the race, I will let Luis resolve what to do. I do not need to get in her means. We will have a good suggestion of what we have to do.”
Castleton Lyons homebred Chi City Woman will look to strike in stakes firm once more at Saratoga after taking final yr’s Bolton Touchdown over the turf for coach Wesley Ward.
A chestnut daughter of Verrazano, Chi City Woman received on debut final April sprinting 4 1/2 furlongs on the grime at Keeneland earlier than making an attempt turf for her subsequent two outings that included her Bolton Touchdown victory and an excellent sixth-place end within the Grade 3 Futurity dealing with males in October at Belmont Park. She closed out her juvenile season again on the primary monitor with a closing fourth-place effort within the Myrtlewood 19 days later at Keeneland.
Chi City Woman started this yr with a well-beaten seventh behind Matareya within the Grade 3 Beaumont earlier than enhancing to earn a runner-up end in an optionally available claimer on Could 19 at Churchill Downs. There, she confirmed her regular off-the-pace techniques and closed from 11 lengths off the tempo to come back up 3 1/4 lengths shy of the victorious Parlance.
“We will try to get her to come back from means, means again and make the most of the type that she’s been telling me that she desires to run,” Ward stated. “She all the time will get away a little bit sluggish and final time she sat again there and made one massive run. We will attempt that and hopefully get a inserting in a Grade 1 for the house owners.”
Joel Rosario will pilot Chi City Woman from put up 7.
Mark Anderson’s New York-bred Sterling Silver earned her first graded inserting final out when third behind Sizzling Peppers within the Grade 3 Victory Experience. Educated by Tom Albertrani and bred within the Empire State by Mallory Mort and Karen Mort, Sterling Silver received her first two outings that included a stakes coup once more fellow state-breds within the Franklin Sq. in January at Aqueduct Racetrack. She completed fifth in each the one-mile Busher Invitational at Aqueduct and 1 1/16-mile Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland earlier than returning to profitable methods with a robust 4 1/4-length win within the Bouwerie on Could 30 at Belmont.
Albertrani stated returning to sprinting has helped the gray daughter of Cupid.
“We stepped her up into some open spots and tried her lengthy. I do not assume she actually desires to go an excessive amount of additional than perhaps seven-eighths,” stated Albertrani. “I feel the cutback in distance was good. We’ll be going seven-eighths once more this weekend which could give her a little bit bit extra benefit perhaps going into the Test.”
Trevor McCarthy has the decision once more from put up 2.
The New York-bred November Rein will step as much as the graded ranks for the primary time after a last-out allowance victory dealing with open firm on July 9 at Belmont Park. Educated by Kelly Breen and owned by breeder Ron Lombardi’s Mr. Amore Secure, November Rein was a stakes winner at Saratoga final summer season within the restricted Looking for the Ante and was third within the Bouwerie in opposition to fellow state-breds in Could.
The daughter of Road Boss will exit put up 5 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard.
Finishing the sector are the lightly-raced Want You Nicely [post 4, Tyler Gaffalione] for coach George Weaver and Grade 2-winner Elm Drive [post 3, Manny Franco], who makes her first begin for coach Michelle Nevin.
The Test is slated as Race 9 on Saturday’s 12-race card. First put up is 12:35 p.m. Japanese.
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