The Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes honoring the late Hall of Fame trainer will be run tomorrow at Santa Anita Park, and there's barely a race tracker alive in Southern California or elsewhere who doesn't have a tale about the legendary horseman who died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009.
Tony Matos is no exception.
“Frankel was the one who hooked me up with Angel Cordero Jr. at Aqueduct in New York years ago,” said the veteran agent, currently representing 2017 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice Evin Roman.
“I had another jockey at the time and Angel had another agent, but Bobby got us together. I was his agent for 11 years, and when I came to California, Bobby was always a good friend of mine.
“I won the Kentucky Derby twice with Angel, on Cannonade (1974) and Bold Forbes (1976), and it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for Bobby.”
The field for the Frankel, for fillies and mares, three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf offering $150,000 in prize money: Lucy De, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Escape Clause, Ruben Fuentes, 7-2; Quebec, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Fahan Mura, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Sweet Charity, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Gliding By, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Amboseli, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; and Excellent Sunset, Rafael Bejarano.
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