11/18/2010 4:12PM

Special Duty to make U.S. debut in Matriarch

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J P's Gusto worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 at Oaklawn for the Rebel Stakes there.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. − Special Duty, the winner of the English 1000 Guineas and French 1000 Guineas in May, will make her U.S. debut in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park next Friday.

Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek for Juddmonte Farms, Special Duty has won 4 of 9 starts and $1,070,938. The Matriarch Stakes, over a mile on turf for fillies and mares, will be Special Duty’s first start since she finished sixth behind Goldikova in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs on turf at Longchamp in Paris on Oct. 4.

Goldikova followed that win with a record third consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

Special Duty, a British-bred filly by Hennessy, is scheduled to arrive in California on Saturday and will begin training at Hollywood Park on Monday after clearing quarantine restrictions. Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been booked to ride.

Interestingly, Special Duty did not finish first in the English 1000 Guineas or French 1000 Guineas; she was second by a nose and a head and promoted to first in each race. In the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2, Jacqueline Quest was disqualified from first and placed second for bumping with Special Duty in the final furlong. In the French 1000 Guineas two weeks later at Longchamp, Liliside finished first but was disqualified and placed sixth for causing interference, leading to the promotion of Special Duty.

The Matriarch Stakes is expected to be Special Duty’s final start for Head-Maarek. She could be sent to trainer Bill Mott for a 2011 campaign, Mott said Thursday.

The Matriarch field is expected to include Wasted Tears, who won the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes in her California debut at Del Mar in August.

Mott to have horses at Santa Anita

Mott said Thursday that he plans to have a few horses based at Santa Anita this winter, but that he has yet to finalize the makeup of the team.

“I’ve asked them to save me some stalls,” he said.

He said the stable would arrive “after Christmas.” The majority of Mott’s stable will be based in Florida during the winter.

Last winter, Mott had one win from 25 starters at Santa Anita, with the victory recorded by Proviso, who beat males in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf in March.

J P’s Gusto eyes CashCall Futurity

J P’s Gusto, who won four consecutive stakes in the spring and summer but was sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, is a candidate for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 18, trainer David Hofmans said on Thursday.

Owned by Gem, Inc., J P’s Gusto is scheduled to have his first workout since the BC Juvenile on Saturday, Hofmans said. In the BC Juvenile, J P’s Gusto was eighth early and finished 15 1/2 lengths behind race winner Uncle Mo.

“He got shuffled back, and that’s not his way of racing,” Hofmans said. “He had dirt in his face, and he’s never experienced that.”

J P’s Gusto has won 4 of 7 starts and $387,360. His four stakes wins came in sprints ranging in distance from 5 1/2 furlongs to seven furlongs, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8. In his first start around two turns, J P’s Gusto was second in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes over 1 1/16 miles here Oct. 2. The CashCall Futurity is run over 1 1/16 miles.

Cadman to have leg surgery

Zoe Cadman, the former leading rider in Chicago and currently an exercise rider and television commentator in Southern California, was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday after suffering a broken leg in a training accident Tuesday morning.

Cadman said a titanium rod will be inserted to stabilize her injured leg.

Cadman won the riding title at the 2001 spring meeting at Hawthorne before retiring in 2004. In recent years, she has done television commentary for HRTV, which is based at Santa Anita, and worked as an exercise rider.

In the last year, Cadman has been the regular exercise rider for the multiple stakes winner Caracortado.