Viadera noses out Blowout to win Matriach Stakes at Del Mar

Viadera, a 4-year-old filly bred in Britain, continued the dominance of the Eastern invaders at the holiday weekend’s Turf Festival in Del Mar on Sunday, gathering to win the final day of $ 300,000 Matriarch Stakes with the slimmest nose of Stablemate Blowout.

Turf luminaries from the East won all seven graded stakes races in the four-day extravaganza, and the invaders topped it off by capturing the first four placements in the Matriarch after finishing 1-2-3 in the $ 200,000 Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup of Friday.

Turf wizard Chad Brown won four of the seven bets, including the Matriarch, where he saddled the top two finishers. In all, he has won 12 stakes races at Del Mar, including nine of the Grade I variety, despite only running horses on the coast track a few times a year.

“This weekend has been great,” said Brown assistant Jose Hernandez. “I didn’t know which filly was the winner, but I’m glad it turned out to be Viadera.”

Brown competed in five of the weekend’s seven bets and in the only race he failed to win, the $ 200,000 Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap on Saturday, his horse, Flavius, finished close to Count Again.

“My boss Chad Brown is a great trainer and I’m just doing my best for him,” said 44-year-old Hernandez, one of Brown’s assistants for 13 years and the pointer to the Turf Festival invasion for the past three years. .

“It’s a great job for me and I love the horses. In the future I don’t know when it would be, if Chad wanted me to come out here with a string, I would like to. We like it here. ”

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Known for his prowess with turflopers and fillies and mares, Brown repeated his 2018 feat when he swept the Matriarch and the weekend’s other Grade I, the Hollywood Derby, with Uni and Raging Bull.

Irad Ortiz Jr. drove Brown’s first three stakes wins last weekend, including this year’s run of the Hollywood Derby on Saturday with Domestic Spending, but Joel Rosario, one of the top finishers in the sport, was on board Viadera for her sixth victory in 13 races. He has ridden the Bated Breath filly, winning three in a row, in all four of her US starts.

“Phew, I had to work for that,” said Rosario. “She is a good filly, a very good filly. But she makes you work. I had to stay behind her. However, she can run, there’s no question about it. I’m lucky that Chad Brown gives me such an opportunity. Grass horses and especially fillies. He is the best.”

Viadera, the fourth pick in the bet at 5-1, ran the mile in a record of 1: 33.03, breaking the old mark by more than a second.

Beer Can Man and jockey Juan Hernandez, right, run for Caisson (Flavien Prat), left, to win the $ 100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. (Photo courtesy of Benoit Photo)

Glatt brews upset

Beer Can Man, recently bought by Little Red Feather Racing and Sterling Stables, proved he could make two turns, winning the $ 100,000 Grade III Half-length Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at 19-1.

The 2-year-old Can the Man stallion had never ridden further than 6 furlongs in his first four races, but he brought in a two-race winning streak from Indiana Downs and scored the biggest surprise of the 10-race program of the day.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Beer Can Man sat for much of the time before closing in for the win, holding off Caisson for his third win in five starts. He ran the 1 mile in 1: 34.75, increasing his bankroll to $ 100,580 with the first prize of $ 60,000.

“We entered him the first weekend of the meeting and thought we could run and then come back to this race,” said coach Mark Glatt. “But that race didn’t work, so (the owners) told me to get him ready to go a mile.

“I was a bit skeptical to be honest, but the horse relaxed very much. Juan gave him a nice ride and he got the money. ”

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