Curlin’s Approval headlines a competitive cast of 13 fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Matron (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Multiple graded stakes winner Curlin’s Approval invades the Matron from Florida for trainer Marty Wolfson having won five of her nine starters and $313,315.
The 4-year-old daughter of Curlin created a huge impression with her dominant six-length romp in the Royal Delta during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet on Feb. 18 for a second straight graded-stakes triumph. It’s been nine weeks since her last start on March 18 in the Inside Information (GII) when she disappointed and appeared to be flat when finishing fifth as the heavy favorite.
The rested Curlin’s Approval will attempt to land her first win outside of Gulfstream Park on Saturday against a field that includes graded stakes winners Weep No More and Lady Fog Horn.
The Matron will be staged for the 80th time, but this will mark the first renewal of the race at Churchill Downs. Previously contested at sister track, Arlington Park, the Matron would have gone on hiatus in 2017 if Churchill Downs didn’t step up to host the important Midwest race for fillies and mares.