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Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley
was among seven entered Wednesday in Saturday’s $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on the main track.
It will be the first start for the son of Malibu Moon, who races for the Zenyatta connections of trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerome and Ann Moss, since a fourth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park in New York.
Gormley followed up his Santa Anita Derby victory with a ninth-place finish in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby before coming back five weeks later in the Belmont.
“He came out of the Belmont all right and we gave him a break because he had a harsh 2-year-old and intense early part of his 3-year-old year,” Shirreffs said Wednesday. “”The timing for this race just happened to work out.”
Gormley has four wins in eight career starts and more than $1 million in earnings. He was a racing debut winner here on September 4 of 2016 and followed that with a wire-to-wire three-length victory in the Grade I Front Runner at Santa Anita.
The field from the rail: Cistron (Tyler Baze), True Valor (Drayden Van Dyke), Gormley (Victor Espinoza), Gato Del Oro (Rafael Bejarano), Stone Hands (Evin Roman), Klimt (Joe Talamo) and Battle of Midway (Flavien Prat).
Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club