Ventura is expected to run in the Matriarch at Hollywood on Nov. 28.

Ventura is expected to run in the Matriarch at Hollywood on Nov. 28.

Michael Burns

Ventura to Run in Hollywood's Matriarch

Juddmonte's multiple grade I winner is coming off a second in BC Filly & Mare Sprint.

(from Hollywood Park)

Ventura, a multiple grade I stakes winner who finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita, is expected to return in Hollywood Park's $300,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 28.

Humberto Ascanio, assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel, watched the 5-year-old mare gallop at Hollywood Nov. 12 in preparation for the grade I test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Frankel has won the race a record eight times, all during the past 12 editions.

Ventura, a Juddmonte Farms homebred scheduled to join the broodmare ranks next year, has won nine of 20 races and earned more than $2.4 million. A daughter of Chester House, she beat males in the Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) in September and also scored grade I victories in the 2009 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita and the 2008 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont Park.

In her only previous outing on the Hollywood Park turf, Ventura finished second in the 2008 CashCall Mile (gr. IIT), a nose behind Diamond Diva.

Ascanio said Frankel's West Coast stable has been bolstered by the addition of two other turf fillies: Juddmonte's 3-year-old Dreamt, a listed stakes winner from France, and Treat Gently from New York.