Arella Rockstar Rewards Bettors and Owner in Winning Matron at Belmont

Arella Rockstar turned more heads and gained a stronger following with Sunday’s $200,000 Matron (G3) win at Belmont Park. The juvenile filly also rewarded her long shot betting backers and owner in her second win in two starts.

Arella Rockstar pressed the pace early and hit the front in the lane and battled to the wire with the favorite, Cherry Lodge, before prevailing by 3/4 length. Spirituality was up for third. Arella Rockstar, a daughter of Astrology, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.68 with Luis Saez up and returned $27.20 to win at 12-1 odds in the field of five.

“That filly ran so big,” Saez said. “When I got on, I was thinking, ‘Man, she’s all right.’ When she broke from the gate, she was running. She never gave up.”

Owner Bob Edwards and trainer Rudy Rodriguez purchased the 2-year-old filly Arella Rockstar for $50,000 out of the 10th race at Saratoga Aug. 31. She won that day, and her stakes victory Sunday was part of four wins for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who leads Chad Brown in the trainer standings 22-19 with two weeks remaining in the Belmont fall meet.

“I think she has a lot of guts. She’s a fighter,” said Rodriguez. “It looked like Cherry Lodge had her beat, but she had another gear. She looked good.” He continued, “We just wanted to take a chance and find a race for this filly,” said Rodriguez. “Once she broke her maiden, I didn’t want to ship her out of town I wanted to keep her home.”

Edwards is in his first year owning Thoroughbreds, and calls his recent run “beginners luck.” He races under the name e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, and two weeks ago won the Grade 3 Miss Grillo with New Money Honey, who is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. “It’s a total team effort,” he said in crediting his trainers, blood stock agent and entire racing team.

Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, out of the Old Fashioned mare Story Untold, Arella Rockstar has $150,000 in earnings from her two victories.

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