Late bloomer Danuska's My Girl leads Santa Anita's Desert Stormer

Mike Willman, Santa Anita
May 15, 2019 06:20pm
Late bloomer Danuska's My Girl leads Santa Anita's Desert Stormer
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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 I3, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at six furlongs on the Santa Anita main track. Entered for a maiden $62,500 claiming tag in July of 2018, this 5-year-old mare by Shackleford registered a career-best 95 Beyer Speed figure in winning the Las Flores Stakes (G3) 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.  


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 role 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 of 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 Las Flores (G3) on Feb. 18 and the Santa Monica (G2) at seven furlongs on March 24, 2018.  Subsequently well beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 3. She’s been winless in three starts this year, most recently with a fourth-place finish in the Beholder Mile (G1), her first attempt at two turns, on March 30. With a return to a sprint and drop in class to Grade 3 competition, Selcourt will be bidding for her fifth win from 11 starts on Sunday. 



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 Las Flores. 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 LA Woman Stakes (G3) on Oct. 7, this 5-year-old Bodemeister mare was a smashing 2 ½-length winner of the Rancho Bernardo Stakes (G3) two starts back on Aug. 12. If ready, she 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.  


Race 8 of 9; approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT 

1. Selcourt—Joe Talamo—121
2. Yuvetsi—Drayden Van Dyke—121
3. Smiling Tigress—Tiago Pereira—121
4. Danuska’s My Girl—Geovanni Franco—125
5. Show It N Moe It—Rafael Bejarano--121 


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