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2009 Matron Stakes and Noble Damsel Handicap

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Awesome Maria in the winner's circle
Awesome Maria in the winner's circle

Awesome Maria in the winner's circle after the 2009 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park

Winning trainer Stanley Hough said, "I think she'll be better going longer. I thought there'd be more speed in the race than actually came out. She's kind of got one pace to her, but fortunately, it's a pretty good pace. She trained great; I really love the filly. She's got a great mind. I've been a little partial to her. She's a beautiful filly. If everything is right, I'm leaning toward the Frizette."

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