Saturday's $125,000 Matiara Stakes at Hollywood Park will have a decidedly international feel to it, as seven of the 10 scheduled starters were bred outside the United States.
The nine-furlong turf test for 3-year-old fillies is headlined by highweighted Megahertz, a daughter of Pivotal bred in Great Britain and owned by Michael Bello. Megahertz has visited the winner's circle five times in seven starts this year, all five victories coming in stakes events. She ran her only bad race last out over off going at Keeneland in the Queen Elizabeth II (gr. IT), finishing sixth in back of Riskaverse. She is a perfect two-for-two over the Hollywood grass, however, and should go off the favorite for conditioner Bobby Frankel.
Frankel is slated to start three in the Matiara, with Kithira and Nunatall, both Great Britain-bred, joining Megahertz. Nunatall captured the Lake George (gr. IIIT) over the Saratoga lawn in July before finishing an even fourth in the Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont in September. The daughter of Night Shift is owned by Edmund Gann. Kithira won a division of the Harold C. Ramser at Santa Anita last out. The Thoroughbred Corp's Sentimental Value, who won the other division of the Ramser, resurfaces here as well.
Alozaina also exits the Queen Elizabeth II, having weakened to finish fourth after getting the lead up the backstretch. The Ron McAnally trainee has been competitive in graded contests all summer on the West Coast.
The field for the Matiara, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Keys To The Heart (Omar Berrio, 115)
2) Magical Nature (Felipe Martinez, 115)
3) Alozaina (Laffit Pincay Jr., 115)
4) Secret Garden (David Flores, 115)
5) Crousille (Mike Smith, 115)
6) Kithira (M. A. Ramirez, 117)
7) Company B (Kent Desormeaux, 119)
8) Sentimental Value (Victor Espinoza, 119)
9) Megahertz (Alex Solis, 124)
10) Nunatall (Corey Nakatani, 121)