Uni Comes From The Clouds To Nab Matriarch Victory

Micheal Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables’ Uni came from near last of a strung-out field to hit the wire first in Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar, crossing the finish a half-length ahead of Daddy Is A Legend. Sent off at odds of 5-1, the 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready completed a mile over the firm turf in 1:34.35. Uni was piloted by Joel Rosario on behalf of trainer Chad Brown, giving that duo a Del Mar Grade 1 double on the weekend.

“I was a little nervous being so far behind, but she was really, really strong in the stretch,” said assistant trainer Jose Hernandez. “It’s a really great experience for me and it’s really nice for my boss. It’s my first time to (stand in and saddle stakes winners in 11 years working for Brown) at Del Mar, but I’ve done it in other places. (Brown) is one of the best men I’ve ever known and he has very good horses.”

Fahan Mura was sharp out of the gate and drew away to a five-length lead through early fractions of :22.80 and :46.29, tracked by Quidura and Mission Impassible. Daddy Is A Legend was well-placed mid-pack, while Uni was second-last of the 13-horse field as they stretched out across nearly a sixteenth of a mile down the backstretch.

Uni and jockey Joel Rosario, outside, outleg Daddy Is a Legend (Manuel Franco), inside, to win the Matriarch

Rounding the far turn, Quidura dug in to push for the lead just as Daddy Is A Legend flew up the outside to slingshot into the lead. Uni entered the camera screen in the final eighth of a mile, taking giant strides toward the wire. Rosario had timed her rally perfectly, and she hit the finish line a half-length ahead of Daddy Is A Legend. Quidura gained third over Vasilika, snapping the latter’s eight-race win streak.

“I could tell they were going a little quick up front, because my filly has some speed and we were far back,” said Rosario. “But she was comfortable, so I was too. I just wanted to make one move with her. About the three furlong (pole) I could feel she was good under me. So we went outside and she went on with it. She’s a nice one.”

Bred in Great Britain by Haras D’Etreham, Uni was a $44,436 yearling purchase at Arqana. She began her career in France, and has not been worse than fourth since being transferred to the United States in the summer of 2017. The Matriarch marks her fourth win in a row, and improves her overall record to 7-3-2 from 14 starts for earnings of just under $900,000.

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