11/26/2010 9:27PM

Rosario guides Gypsy's Warning to perfect trip in Matriarch

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Gypsy's Warning, under Joel Rosario, collects her first Grade 1 win in the United States by taking the Matriarch.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Eight weeks after she inherited the lead and held on to finish third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Hollywood Park, Gypsy’s Warning was the beneficiary of a perfect trip in Friday’s $250,000 Matriarch Stakes.

The win in the Grade 1 Matriarch was an instant milestone for the 5-year-old South African-bred Gypsy’s Warning. She won the Group 1 South Africa Fillies Classic in March 2009, but the Matriarch was her first win at the highest level in the United States.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Gypsy’s Warning ($9.80) ran a mile on turf in 1:34.01. Wasted Tears, the winner of four stakes earlier this year, set the pace and held second, a half-length in front of Go Forth North, a 12-1 outsider. The European shipper Special Duty, the even-money favorite, was never a factor and finished last in the field of seven fillies and mares.

Going into the Matriarch, trainer Graham Motion hoped that Gypsy’s Warning would have a stalking trip, the kind of trip he wished she had in the Yellow Ribbon. In that regard, Rosario had Gypsy’s Warning well placed throughout the Matriarch.

Gypsy’s Warning was fourth on the first turn and fifth on the backstretch racing off the rail. Rosario kept her wide on the backstretch and outside on the turn, while moving closer to Wasted Tears. With a four-wide rally, Gypsy’s Warning reached the front in the final furlong and won by 1 1/4 lengths.

“When I asked her to run, she gave everything,” Rosario said. “She was running, too. I saw [Wasted Tears] in front and she was going a little quick. I was comfortable where I was. I had her relaxed and made a run. When I said go, she responded.”

The loss by Special Duty surprised jockey Rafael Bejarano. The winner of the English 1000 Guineas and French 1000 Guineas earlier this year, Special Duty was last on the backstretch and moved closer to the leaders on the turn but could not sustain the bid and was beaten four lengths.

“She was never in the race,” Bejarano said. “The first turn she tried to lug out. She didn’t feel too comfortable on the turf.”
Gypsy’s Warning recorded her second win in five North American starts for Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stable.

Gypsy’s Warning, who is by the Storm Cat stallion Mogok, won the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap at Monmouth Park in her U.S. debut in May. She was later third in the Beverly D. and was beaten 1 1/2 lengths in the Yellow Ribbon after leading to the final furlong. Gypsy’s Warning has won 7 of 16 starts and $491,862.

* Reba Is Tops ($7.60) rallied between horses in the final furlong to win the fourth stakes of her career in the $61,980 Raise Your Skirts Stakes on the Matriarch undercard.
Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Reba Is Tops ran six furlongs on turf in 1:09.06, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Pink Diamond, who finished second for the seventh time in her last eight starts dating back to July. Waveline, the 7-5 favorite, finished third, after stalking pacesetter Well Deserved for the first five furlongs. Well Deserved finished fourth in the field of seven.

Reba Is Tops, 6, has won 12 of 26 starts and $361,229. She races for a partnership and trainer Mark Glatt.