Maddy Winner Belleski Confirmed for Matriarch
Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2003 5:54 PM
(from Hollywood Park notes)
Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2003 5:54 PM
Belleski, winner of the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in her last start Oct. 11, will return in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 30, trainer John Sadler confirmed Thursday.
"She was a stakes winner, then a graded winner, now the idea is to win a Grade I," said Sadler of the one-mile grass stake for fillies and mares. "She's a nice filly and very consistent."
Sadler had planned to work the 4-year-old filly on the turf here but the drill was postponed at least one day after a freak rainstorm hit the area Wednesday and forced cancellation of grass works on Thursday.
Belleski, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Polish Numbers, has won five of 10 starts and earned $238,019 for owners Jerry and Ann Moss. Sadler was looking for a jockey since regular rider Victor Espinoza will be in Japan that week.
A large field, headed by defending champion Dress To Thrill, is expected for the race, which shares the spotlight that day with the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).
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