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Euphony Wins Matron; Douglas Injured

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/24/2009 #

Pin Oak Stud's Euphony regained the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a three-quarter of a length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron under jockey Cliff Berry.

The race, however, was marred when Born to Be clipped heels with Sky Mom near the top of the stretch, unseating jockey Rene Douglas.

For Euphony, the win was her fifth straight dating back to July 2008. She earned $86,400 to push her bankroll to $373,600 while improving her overall record eight wins from 10 starts.

"I didn’t know she would break that way, and since nobody was coming so we were relaxed," said Berry. "She’s a smart horse and she knew what she was doing. I had to use her a little bit going into the turn, to help save my position, other than that everything went great."

“She is just a wonderful filly. Cliff rode a wonderful race. I thought she might be behind a few more horses, but the way she broke, and the way the pace was, he did what a good rider does in a race and took advantage of it. He rode a great race.”

Kiss With a Twist was second in the nine-horse field, followed by last year's Matron heorine Indescribable, Home's the Best, Sky Mom, Serenading, Boudoir and Gloria Goodbody.

“I was hoping to break cleanly but she stumbled out of the gate so that messed up my plans," said Miguel Mena, Kiss With a Twist's rider. "Then I had to go wide around the leaders and she started running well once she got clear but I couldn't catch up to the winner."

"It wasn't her best day," said jockey Kent Desormeaux, who rode the defending champion. "I have never had a horse that I always had to encourage her to keep me in the game. Not her best day."

Born to Be did not finish the race after the miscue and Sky Mom was disqualified and placed last for causing interference in the stretch.

Euphony paid $17.80, $8.20 and $3.60. Kiss With a Twist paid $5.20 and $3. Indescribable returned $2.10.