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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.

Injury knocks El Areeb out of Kentucky Derby contention

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.

Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.

Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.

Man o’ War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.

“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.

Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.

Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.