It was no surprise to trainer Dan Hendricks that Belloma broke her
maiden in style at first asking. She led throughout to win a 6 ½ furlong
maiden allowance race at Hollywood Park by a length and three-quarters
on Nov. 26. Next up: Monday’s $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion
Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on Monday.
“She was professional and showed a good way of going from the
start,” Hendricks said of the daughter of Yankee Gentleman owned by Judi
Partridge of Yorba Linda. “She worked nicely out of the gate before her
first race and ran the same way. She worked so well here I don’t
foresee any problem going from synthetic to dirt.”
Belloma worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Wednesday in 1:01.
Hendricks has “some 20 horses for this meet.” Asked if it was a good number for him, he said, “You always want more.”
The field for the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes for
fillies, which goes as the first race: Tangerine Tickle, Hector Berrios;
Almost a Lady, Joel Rosario; Willa B Awesome, Martin Pedroza; Warren’s
Amber, Victor Espinoza; Belloma, Martin Garcia; and Ismene, Mike Smith.