OZONE PARK, N.Y— Team D’s Redifined will look to make the grade in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Matron, a six-furlong outer turf test for juvenile fillies, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet.
Trained by Tony Dutrow, the More Than Ready bay graduated at first asking in June sprinting six furlongs over the Belmont Park turf. The $150,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase was bumped twice out of the gate last out in the 5 1/2-furlong Bolton Landing won by Love Reigns on August 21 at Saratoga Race Course, but rallied well from seventh to finish third with a strong gallop out.
Dutrow said the Bolton Landing break wasn’t ideal, but he has high hopes for Saturday.
“It wasn’t perfect, but that’s horse racing,” Dutrow said. “She’s doing fantastic. I really couldn’t want her any better. I’m looking forward to going from five-and-a-half to six [furlongs]. I wish it was a little further. She’s such an honest filly. I’m very confident she’ll run very well.”
Hall of Famer Javier Castellano is named to ride from post 7.
Dutrow is hoping to unveil juvenile filly Galileo’s Jewel in Race 1 on Saturday, a six-furlong outer turf sprint.
Galileo’s Jewel, by Kingman, is out of the Galileo mare Galileo Gal, who is a half-sister to multiple Group 1-winning millionaire Alpha Centauri and Group 1-winners Alpine Star and Discoveries.
She breezed consistently in August over the Oklahoma training turf at Saratoga, and has had three works at Belmont Park, including a three-eighths blowout in 37.02 from the gate over the dirt training track on September 15.
Galileo’s Jewel is listed in Post 13 on the also-eligible list with Eric Cancel named to ride.
“She has a big pedigree. She’s a very nice filly,” Dutrow said. “I got her ready to get out there for a start, but no more. I’ll even run her from the 12-hole if she gets in just to get her out there and let her see everything and get started from there.”
Dutrow enters Saturday’s card with 1,995 career wins and purse earnings in excess of $75 million.
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