Gypsy’s Warning

Hopefully we can all breathe now! To have yet another Graded Stakes winner this month, having already won a Grade I and a Grade II in the space of a couple of weeks was almost too much to ask for, but Gypsy’s Warning came through this evening at Hollywood Park in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes. She had previously been a Grade I winner in her native country of South Africa and showed she was just as competitive over here. Many congratulations to Team Valor International.

Below is by Tim Nichols of the Thoroughbred Times.

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Trainer Graham Motion quickly reaffirmed Team Valor International’s faith in him on Friday by saddling Gypsy’s Warning (SAf) to victory in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Hollywood Park.

Gypsy’s Warning, owned by Team Valor and Green Lantern Stables, made a three wide move in the stretch under Joel Rosario and rolled to a 1¼-length win at 3.90-to-1 odds. The five-year-old Mogok mare covered one mile on firm turf in 1:34.01.

The win continues an incredible November for Motion. The trainer saddled Shared Account to a 26-to-1 upset in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on November 5. Seven days later, Team Valor President Barry Irwin transferred the racing partnership’s entire stable to Motion’s care and made him the organization’s lone trainer. Motion then won the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) on November 20 with Aruna.

Gypsy’s Warning raced in fifth as multiple graded stakes winner Wasted Tears led through a half-mile in :47.25 and six furlongs in 1:10.83. Still in fifth entering the stretch, Rosario positioned Gypsy’s Warning to the outside. She responded to Rosario’s left-handed urging and rallied to her first Grade 1 win.

“When I asked her to go, she really kicked,” Rosario said. “The only instructions I got were to let her relax, keep her covered up, and make one run.”

Wasted Tears held on for second and Go Forth North finished third. Special Duty (GB), the 2010 Stanjames.com One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) (French One Thousand Guineas) winner, finished last of six in her North American debut as the 1.10-to-1 favorite.

A multiple Group 1 winner in South Africa, Gypsy’s Warning’s breakthrough Grade 1 win came off consecutive third-place finishes in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1) on October 2 at the Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood and Beverly D. Stakes (G1) on August 21 at Arlington Park.

“That’s a legitimate Grade 1 filly,” said Aron Wellman, Team Valor’s vice president of operations. “Now she’s a Grade 1 winner in South Africa and a Grade 1 winner in America. That says it all about her

Bred in South Africa by Rathmor Stud, Gypsy’s Warning improved to seven wins from 16 career starts and earnings of $491,862. She is one of three winners from five starters out of the Royal Chalice mare Gypsy Queen.{jcomments on}

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