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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 Park.
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.
Race 8 at Santa Anita on Sunday, May 17 - Post 7:08 PM
|1||Fighting Mad||4-1||Drayden Van Dyke
|2||First Star||6-1||Jose Valdivia, Jr.
|3||Mother Mother||5-2||Mike Smith
|6||Artistic Diva||15-1||Victor Espinoza
|8||Hang a Star||20-1||Umberto Rispoli
Away 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.
Favored in 10 of her 14 races, six times at odds-on, Bellafina has earned $1,452,975 for an ownership group headed by Kaleem Shah.
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc., Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith | Trainer: Simon Callaghan
Most 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.
Owner: Gainesway Stable, Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Lipman & Mark Mathiesen | Trainer: Bob Baffert
Although 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.
Owner: Gary & Mary West | Trainer: Bob Baffert
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