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Miss Temple City wins Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Miss Temple City held off the late challenge of Roco Rojo to win the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes for older fillies and mares by a nose on closing day of the fall meet Sunday at Del Mar.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Miss Temple City ran a mile on turf in 1:35.16 and paid $5.20, $3.60 and $3 as the 8-5 favorite.

Roco Rojo returned $5.20 and $3.60, while Stays in Vegas was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $5.60 to show.

It was Miss Temple City’s third victory in a Grade 1 stakes for Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion. She finished fifth to male horses in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last month.

The victory, worth $180,000, increased Miss Temple City’s career earnings to $1,453,038, with six wins in 16 starts.

Norberto Arroyo Jr. won the jockeys’ title with 12 victories, edging out Drayden Van Dyke and injured Flavien Prat, who had 11. It was Arroyo’s first riding championship in Southern California.

Peter Miller won his second fall training title at Del Mar with 16 victories.

Jockey dies after injury at northeastern Oklahoma racetrack

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Officials say a jockey who was injured during a race at a northeastern Oklahoma track has died.

The Cherokee Nation says jockey Mario Chavez was injured Saturday at Will Rogers Downs after his horse crashed into the inside rail, throwing him to the ground. Gunnar Enlow, whose family owns the farm where the 42-year-old Chavez worked, says Chavez was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sunday.

Chavez bred and raced horses for 26 years in northeastern Oklahoma. He won the Tulsa State Fair stakes in July.

The Cherokee Nation owns and operates the racetrack in Claremore, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa.

Dettori wins record fifth Arc as Enable caps brilliant season

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CHANTILLY, France — Frankie Dettori won an unprecedented fifth Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday as Enable capped a memorable season.

Enable, the 10-11 favorite, led for most of Europe’s richest horse race to claim her fifth consecutive victory after wins in the Epsom Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

The John Gosden-trained filly won by 2 1/2 lengths over Cloth Of Stars, ridden by jockey Mickael Barzalona and trained by Andre Fabre.

The Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses, ridden by Jim Crowley, was another length and a quarter back in third.

“I said to John last week she is the best she has ever been. To keep this filly at 100 percent all year is fantastic,” Dettori said. “I had position `A’, I knew I had no weight and she stays, so I kicked and she gave me four lengths and the race was over.

“She’s amazing and is an absolute freak. I love her. John is a genius.”

It was Dettori and Gosden’s second Arc win in three years, after the popular Italian won on Golden Horn.

Dettori’s victory comes 22 years after his first triumph in the 1 +-mile race.

The 3-year-old Enable made a fast start from stall two and Dettori always had her well positioned behind Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Idaho and Order Of St George, before pulling away inside the final two furlongs

“She showed an impressive turn of foot and acceleration to kill the field. She has amazing ability,” Gosden said. “Frankie got her in a great position. He’s pretty good for an old jock!”

The race will return to its usual home at Longchamp in 2018 after a two-year absence due to renovations, and Gosden hopes Enable will be there.

“She has only raced for 10 months of her life. She had one little run last November, but really she’s only had one season of racing,” Gosden said. “There would be every reason to keep her in training next year as a 4-year-old, particularly with the new Longchamp opening.

“That would be exciting – to try to win the Arc on two different tracks.”