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Matriarch attractive spot for Roca Rojo

ELMONT, N.Y. – Roca Rojo, a 3 1/4-length winner of Sunday’s Grade 3 Athenia Stakes at Belmont, could make her next start in the Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch at Del Mar on Dec. 4, trainer Chad Brown said Monday.

Roca Rojo, an Irish-bred daughter of Strategic Prince, showed an explosive turn of foot in the stretch to win the Athenia and improve her record to 5 for 6.

“Loved the soft ground,” Brown said. “She’s a talented horse regardless, but she does move up on soft ground. Probably take a shot in the Matriarch next out, knowing we’re likely to catch firm ground out West. However, she has run well on firm as well.”

Roca Rojo earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure for the Athenia victory, which was Brown’s 30th graded stakes win this year on turf.

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