Horse For Course? Bellafina Returns In Sunday’s Desert Stormer Stakes

Bellafina, a horse for course if ever there was one, returns to Santa Anita Sunday in the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at six furlongs.

Winner of four races with two seconds from six starts at Santa Anita, including her last victory, in the 2019 Santa Anita Oaks when it had Grade I status, Bellafina will be ridden by Flavien Prat, who has been aboard in 12 of her 14 career races.

A 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road, the bay filly was fourth in the restricted Carousel at Oaklawn Park April 25 after breaking slowly from the rail, and was second to Hard Not to Love in the Grade I La Brea at Santa Anita prior to that, last Dec. 28.

“I think it’s just a race you have to draw a line through,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the Carousel. “Nothing really went right, but she’s come back and we know she loves Santa Anita. Flavien breezed her and said she felt as good as ever.”

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.

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