Cambodia Favored To Claim First Grade 1 In Del Mar’s Closing-Day Matriarch

by | 11.24.2017 | 3:38pm
Jockey Drayden Van Dyke and Cambodia go for a repeat in Saturday's John C. Mabee Stakes

Winter Quarter Farm's Cambodia, whose affinity for the Jimmy Durante Turf Course has been shown three times in the past four months, was established as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Sunday's Grade I $300,000 Matriarch, the highlight of three stakes races on the closing day of the Bing Crosby Fall meeting at Del Mar near San Diego, Calif.

Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Cambodia won the Grade II Yellow Ribbon and Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes in August and September during the summer meeting and came back to finish third in the Grade I $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on November 4.

The 5-year-old War Front mare has three wins and five third-place finishes in eight starts for 2017, accounting for $554,500 of her $623,746 in career earnings.

The Matriarch field from the rail: Mrs McDougal (Javier Castellano, 15-1), Lull (Flavien Prat, 5-1), Pretty Girl (Brice Blanc, 20-1), Belvoir Bay (Kent Desormeaux, 20-1), Insta Erma (Corey Nakatani, 12-1), Thundering Sky (Rajiv Maragh, 20-1), Cambodia (Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1), Off Limits (Joel Rosario, 5-1), Rubilinda (Javier Ortiz, 10-1) Hawksmoor (Julien Leparoux, 8-1), Miss Julia Star (Antoine Hamelin, 20-1) and Kitten's Roar (John Velazquez, 7-2).

The Matriarch goes as the seventh on a nine-race program. Other stakes on the card are the $200,000 Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap, which goes as the third, and the Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille, which goes as the nightcap.

The Seabiscuit from the rail: Mr. Roary (Javier Castellano, 10-1), Om (Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2), Irish Surf (Gary Stevens, 20-1), He Will (Mike Smith, 8-1), Tequila Joe (Joel Rosario, 8-1), Hunt (Flavien Prat, 4-1), Pee Wee Reese (Joe Talamo, 3-1), Win the Space (Rafael Bejarano, 12-1) and Flamboyant (Brice Blanc, 8-1).

The Cecil B. DeMille from the rail: Golden Dragon (Evin Roman, 12-1), Analyze It (Jose Ortiz, 5-2), King Eddie (Mario Gutierrez, 8-1), East Rand (Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1), Armour Plate (Rafael Bejarano, 8-1), Pubilius Syrus (Kent Desormeaux, 5-1), Magic Musketier (Javier Castellano, 20-1), Choo Choo (Joel Rosario, 12-1), Inscom (Flavien Prat, 7-2), Big Buzz (Corey Nakatani, 10-1) and Extraordinary Jerry (Kyle Frey, 20-1).

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