Entries and J’s Picks for Desert Stormer Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on May 17

Race 8. Desert Stormer Stakes (G3). For three-year-old and up fillies and mares at 6 furlongs on the dirt. Purse $100,000.


PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Fighting Mad  Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert 4/1
2 First Star  Jose Valdivia, Jr. Ronald W. Ellis 6/1
3 Mother Mother  Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert 5/2
4 Amuse  Jorge I. Velez Richard Mandella 20/1
5 Bellafina  Flavien Prat Simon Callaghan 6/5
6 Artistic Diva  Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler 15/1
7 Tomlin  Abel Cedillo Steven Specht 12/1
8 Hang a Star  Umberto Rispoli Ian Kruljac 20/1

Bellafina last win occurred on April 6,2019 in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Since the Breeders’ Cup, she was second two starts back in Santa Anita’s La Brea (G1) on Dec. 26. She finished a distant fourth-place finish in the Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 25. Away slowly from an inside post and steadied in traffic early, she moved from sixth to third to reach contention, only to weaken down the stretch.  She is the class of the field with six wins and earnings of $1,452,975. With four wins and two seconds from six starts at Santa Anita, she is the one to catch.

Mother Mother finished second in the Santa Monica Stakes (G2) on Feb. 15. She won the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes two starts back on Jan. 12 at odds of 2-5.  She won her debut  t going six furlongs, her only race at distance, in July of 2018 at Del Mar. She has sprinted nine out of her 11 career starts, with two of her three wins coming around one turn. A three-time Grade 1 stakes-placed will be seeking her first graded stakes win.

Fighting Mad  won her last race going gate-to-wire triumph in the Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) going one mile at Del Mar last Aug. 17. She won her debut race going 5 ½-furlongs in August of 2018. She followed with a one length allowance win off a nine month absence in taking a six-furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2019. She is coming off another nine-month layoff, but this time it’s in a stakes race against top level stake races. 

First Star ran second in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keenland on Oct, 19,2019. In her only G1 she ran fourth in the La Brea Stakes(G1) at Santa Anita on Dec, 28,2019. She opened 2020 with a second-place finish in an allowance optional claiming,$62,500, race going 1 1/16 miles.

J’s Top Three Picks:

    • Bellafina
    • Fighting Mad
    • Mother Mother

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