Jerry Hollendorfer's late-blooming Danuska's My Girl seeks her fourth consecutive win and her second straight graded stakes score as she heads Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at six furlongs on the Santa Anita main track. Entered for a maiden $62,500 claiming tag in July 2018, this 5-year-old mare by Shackleford registered a career-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the G3 Las Flores Stakes here on April 7 and thus clearly heads a field of five fillies and mares in Sunday's Desert Stormer.
Although short on quantity, the Desert Stormer field includes quality mares such as multiple graded stakes winning Selcourt and hard knocking Show It N Moe It, who was most recently third to “Danuska” in the Las Flores Stakes.
DANUSKA'S MY GIRL
Owner: Bad Boy Racing, LLC; Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
A maiden $62,500 claiming winner six starts back on July 29, 2018, Danuska's My Girl got on her current roll when paired for the first time with Geovanni Franco, the result being a three-length allowance win going six furlongs three starts back on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. She followed that up with a three-quarter-length tally in a one mile allowance here Jan. 11 and in her first-ever stakes assignment, she was off at 20-1 in the Las Flores and was completely dominant, winning by 3 ¼ lengths. With Franco engaged to ride for the fourth consecutive time, Danuska's My Girl will likely duel with Selcourt for the early lead on Sunday. Out of the Dayjur mare Amaday, Danuska's My Girl is now 13-4-2-4 with earnings of $198,810.
Owner: Keith Abrahams & Medallion Racing; Trainer: John Sadler
Lightly raced, this 5-year-old mare by Tiz Wonderful was a bit of a late bloomer herself. A first-out maiden winner in February, 2017, she went to the sidelines following her third start in May of 2017 and resurfaced at age 4 on Jan. 14, 2018, taking the ungraded Kalookan Queen at 6 ½ furlongs. She then took the G3 Las Flores on Feb. 18 and the G2 Santa Monica at seven furlongs on March 24, 2018. Subsequently well beaten in the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 3, she's been winless in three starts this year, most recently a fourth place finish in the G1 Beholder Mile, her first attempt at two turns, on March 30. With a return to a sprint and drop in class to G1 competition, Selcourt will be bidding for her fifth win from 11 starts on Sunday.
SHOW IT N MOE IT
Owner: Tom London, Terry Lovingier & Eugene Zondlo; Trainer: Gary Sherlock
A gem of consistency, this 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Grace Upon Grace kept to her task when third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by Danuska's My Girl in the G3 Las Flores Stakes April 7. A winner of two straight sprints versus Cal-breds on Jan. 10 and Feb. 24, she proved she belonged in graded stakes competition in the Las Flores and earned a solid 88 Beyer Speed figure. The leading money earner in the field with $447,604, she has an overall mark of 20-6-4-5.
Owner: Hronis Racing, LLC; Trainer: John Sadler
Although idle since well beaten going 6 ½ furlongs in the G3 LA Woman Stakes Oct. 7, this 5-year-old Bodemeister mare was a smashing 2 ½ length winner of the G3, 6 ½ furlong Rancho Bernardo Stakes two starts back on Aug. 12 and if ready, poses a dangerous threat as perhaps the “Other Sadler.” With regular rider Tyler Baze in Kentucky, Yuvetsi will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, who last rode her in her maiden victory at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on Nov. 6, 2016. Out of the Speightstown mare Mother Ruth, Yuvetsi is 14-4-3-2 with earnings of $241,930.
GRADE 3 DESERT STORMER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Selcourt—Joe Talamo—121
- Yuvetsi—Drayden Van Dyke—121
- Smiling Tigress—Tiago Pereira—121
- Danuska's My Girl—Geovanni Franco—125
- Show It N Moe It—Rafael Bejarano–121
First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
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