Bellafina seeks Breeders' Cup berth in Chandelier Stakes

Mike Willman, for Santa Anita
September 27, 2018 01:09pm

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 1, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita.  A 4 ¼-length winner of the Grade 1 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 both a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies "Win and You're In" race and 2019 Kentucky Oaks points qualifier.

 

BELLAFINA

Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.                                                       

Trainer: Simon Callaghan

A 4 ¼-length winner of the Grade 2 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. After second in her five-furlong debut in a maiden special at Los Alamitos on July 4, 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.

 
MOTHER MOTHER 

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 on 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.

 

DER LU

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 and 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.

 

CHANDELIER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS

Race 9 of 12. Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT.

  1. Mother Mother—Mike Smith—122
  2. Del Mar May—Gary Stevens—122
  3. Vibrance—Joel Rosario—122
  4. Brill—Florent Geroux—122
  5. Der Lu—Drayden Van Dyke—122
  6. Bellafina—Flavien Prat—Simon Callaghan

 

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