Closing out a Chad Brown G1 double at Del Mar, Uni (GB)- a BSW Bloodstock/Mandore Agency European private purchase- exploded off the far turn and came flying late to capture Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar.
Breaking from post 13 under Joel Rosario, Uni settled at the rear of the field about fifteen lengths off the front runners. Joel tipped her off the rail 5-wide as she entered the far turn and like a rocket, she flew home the final furlong in :11.0, hitting the wire first by 1/2-length over Daddy Is a Legend in a final time of 1:34.25 for the mile.
“I could tell they were going a little quick up front because my filly has some speed and we were far back,” Rosario said. “But she was comfortable, so I was too. I just wanted to make one move with her. About the 3 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.”
Uni’s win was her fourth in as many 2018 starts and improves her overall record to 14-7-3-2. The 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready increased her career earnings to $892,880 for co-owners Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bethlehem Stables.
This G1 win is the 9th on the year for co-owners Mike Dubb (A Raving Beauty (GER)– G1 Just A Game, G1 First Lady, Fourstar Crook– G1 Flower Bowl, Monomoy Girl– G1 Ashland, G1 Kentucky Oaks, G1 Acorn, G1 CCAO, G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff), 4th on the year for Bob LaPenta (Whitmore– G1 Forego, Catholic Boy– G1 Belmont Derby, G1 Travers) and the 24th G1 win on the year for Sol Kumin of Head of Plains Partners.