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Imposing Grace Takes Grade III Arlington Matron
Coffeepot Stables’ Imposing Grace wore down pacesetter Lotta Lovin and held off the fast closing Sisterhood to win the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron by a half-length. With Channing Hill in the irons, the daughter of Empire Maker covered the nine furlongs over Polytrack in 1:50.21.
“I wasn’t expecting to be so close to the pace but she broke well and was sitting extremely comfortable on the backstretch,” Hill said. “She gave me all the confidence in the world picking it up at the eighth pole. When she got her head in front, she got to playing around a little bit.”
The Matron was the first stakes win for the 4-year-old filly, who previously ran second in the Tiffany Lass and the New Orleans Ladies’ at the Fair Grounds this winter. Overall, it was her fourth win in 10 starts and the $87,300 winner’s share boosted her earnings to $241,320.
Lotta Lovin, under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, set the pace in the race through fractions of 24.83 seconds, 49.38 seconds, 1:13.67 and 1:37.81.
“She ran great,” Smith said of Lotta Lovin. “I can't honestly say I would do anything different. Maybe try to steal away a little earlier. But she would have got me no matter what. I thought she ran wonderful, first time going a mile and eighth.”
Sisterhood, under Singapore riding star Joao Moreira, rallied late to pick up second in the eight-horse field.
“I'm pretty happy, she ran good,” said Moreira who made his United States riding debut earlier in the day. “It's a dream come true. Winning would have been perfect, but I'm happy to be here.”
Ausus, Distorted Legacy, Hooh Why, Ice Cream Silence and Diva’s Diamond completed the order of finish.
Imposing Grace paid $19, $9.20 and $5.40. Sisterhood returned $7.60 and $5.20. Lotta Lovin paid $4.20.