Classy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer


first_imgClassy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert StormerARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2020)–Although well beaten on April 25, three-time Grade I winner Bellafina heads a group of eight fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita.Fourth, beaten 10 lengths after breaking slowly as the 7-5 favorite in an ungraded six furlong stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina, a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and Grade I Chandelier Stakes at two and of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, will be reunited with Flavien Prat, who last rode her to a close second place finish three starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.Bob Baffert will be playing a solid two-card hand in the Desert Stormer, as he’ll send out stakes winning Mother Mother and talented comebacker Fighting Mad.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick SmithTrainer:  Simon CallaghanAway slowly and sixth early in a field of eight in her most recent start April 25 at Oaklawn, Bellafina’s last win came seven starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, 2019.  Second as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes two starts back on Dec. 26, Bellafina, a 4-year-old filly by Quality Road, has been favored in 10 out of her 14 starts, winning six of them and amassing earnings of $1,452,975.  With four wins and two seconds from six starts at Santa Anita, Bellafina will hope to break sharply and run well over a course she adores.MOTHER MOTHEROwner: Gainesway Stable, Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer:  Bob BaffertMost recently second going seven furlongs in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Feb. 15, she was a handy 1 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes two starts back on Jan. 12 at odds of 2-5.  A first out, 6 ½ length winner of her only start going six furlongs in July, 2018 at Del Mar, Mother Mother has sprinted in nine out of her 11 career starts, with two of her three wins coming around one turn.  A three-time Grade I stakes placed 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, Mother Mother will be seeking her first graded stakes win on Sunday and will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.FIGHTING MADOwner:  Gary & Mary WestTrainer:  Bob BaffertAlthough she’ll be cast as “The other Baffert,” Fighting Mad looms a very dangerous commodity off the bench.  Idle since a stirring eight length, gate to wire triumph in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes going one mile at Del Mar Aug. 17, Fighting Mad was a gutty nose winner of her 5 ½ furlong debut in August, 2018 and she followed that up with a solid one length allowance win off a nine month absence in taking a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2019.  Now faced with a similar nine month layoff, this 4-year-old filly by New Year’s Day has trained well for her comeback and will get the services of Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE III DESERT STORMER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTFighting Mad–Drayden Van Dyke–126First Star–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Mother Mother–Mike Smith–124Amuse–Jorge Velez–122Bellafina–Flavien Prat–126Artistic Diva–Victor Espinoza–124Tomlin–Abel Cedillo–124Hang a Star–Umberto Rispoli–122First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  With no public admitted, wagering is available through and at  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img

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