Champion Matabari Retired

The sport's champion sophomore filly in 2013, Matabari will become a full-time broodmare next year.

Edited press release

Champion Matabari will become a full-time broodmare in 2016. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Matabari, a Grade 1-winning 5-year-old daughter of Mr Jess Perry owned by Balgo Racing Team and Marlyn Gonzalez, has been retired from racing.

With a bankroll of $1,410,471 from 14 starts -- all but two of which were made at Los Alamitos Racecourse -- Matabari is the all-time leading earner from her sire. The mare will become a full-time broodmare starting next year.

“She injured her tendon in training, so we decided not to take any other risks with her,” said Jose Maria Gonzalez of Balgo Racing, who also bred Matabari. “She won big races as a 2-, 3-, and 5-year-old, and she beat (champion) Mooniist earlier this year in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship. She has nothing else to prove.”

Matabari enjoyed her best season in 2012, as she won three of five starts, including the Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity, and banked $857,026. During her sophomore campaign, in which she earned champion 3-year-old filly honors, the mare won the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and ran third, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Last To Fire, in the Champion of Champions (G1).

Matabari had secured a berth in this year’s Champion of Champions by virtue of her Winter Championship win. Her retirement means that there will be four berths up for grabs in the November 15 Z. Wayne Griffin Director’s Trials.

“I’m a little sad that she won’t be able to run in the Champion of Champions again,” said Gonzalez. “It would’ve been a dream to win the Champion of Champions, but she’ll go on now to become a broodmare. We bred her to Corona Cartel last year, and our hope is to get one or two embryos by First Down Dash next year.”

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