Kaleem Shah's streaking Bellafina seeks her third consecutive graded stakes victory as she heads a field of six juvenile fillies going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday's Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. A 4 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs on Sept. 1, Bellafina will be trying two turns for the first time in what will be her fourth career start.
A disappointing fourth as the 3-5 favorite in the Del Mar Debutante, Brill, who was purchased for $1 million as a yearling, will be ridden for the first time by eastern-based Florent Geroux as she tries two turns in her third career start.
Mother Mother, who finished second in the Debutante at Del Mar, draws the rail, adds blinkers, stretches out and will be ridden by Mike Smith for the first time in what will be her third career start.
The Chandelier is one of four Grade 1 races at Santa Anita on Saturday. All of them are “Win and You're In” races for the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs Nov. 2 and 3. The Chandelier is a qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Trainer: Simon Callaghan
A 4 ¼ length winner of the Grade II Sorrento Stakes going six furlongs two starts back on Aug. 5, this daughter of Quality Road has dominated her graded competition by a combined 8 ½ lengths in her last two starts and will retain the services of Flavien Prat. Second in her five furlong debut in a maiden special at Los Alamitos July 4, trainer Callaghan added blinkers for her two wins, but will remove them for the Chandelier as he hopes to have her settle early in her first two turn assignment. Out the Malibu Moon mare Akron Moon, Bellafina sold for $800,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale this past March.
Owner: George Bolton, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman, Mark Mathiesen & Andrew Molasky
Trainer: Bob Baffert
An emphatic 6 ½ length first-out maiden winner going six furlongs July 22, she was head and head for the early lead in the Del Mar Debutante Sept. 1 and finished second, 4 ¼ lengths behind Bellafina. A $450,000 Keeneland September yearling, she'll add blinkers for the first time and has Smith at the controls for her first two turn try.
Owner: Baoma Corporation
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Yet another filly who hails from the high rent district, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Orb fetched $900,000 at a March 2-year-old in training sale and is the least experienced member of the Chandelier cast, as she comes off a 3 ¼ length maiden tally going 6 ½ furlongs on Aug. 5. Dispatched at 3-5 in a field of eight, she was completely dominant rates a big chance as Baffert's “Avis choice” on Saturday. Out of a Forestry mare named Taboo, she'll be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.
THE GRADE I CHANDELIER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 12 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
- Mother Mother—Mike Smith—122
- Del Mar May—Gary Stevens—122
- Vibrance—Joel Rosario—122
- Brill—Florent Geroux—122
- Der Lu—Drayden Van Dyke—122
- Bellafina—Flavien Prat—Simon Callaghan
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