Trainer Rudy Rodriguez won four races Sunday at Belmont Park, taking the $200,000 Matron Stakes with 12-1 shot Arella Rockstar.
Rodriguez demonstrated a sharp eye for a claim. He took Arella Rockstar for $50,000 from a maiden race at Saratoga in August.
One start later, he had a stakes winner who earned $120,000 for the victory.
“I think she has a lot of guts,” Rodriguez said. “She’s a fighter.”
Arella Rockstar held off 3/5 favorite Cherry Lodge by three quarters of a length in the race for 2-year-old fillies.
Luis Saez was aboard as Arella Rockstar improved to 2 for 2. The time was 1:11.68 for the six furlongs.
Arella Rockstar paid $27.20, $6.30 and $4.40. Cherry Lodge returned $2.60 and $2.10, and Spirituality paid $3.10 to show.