BELLAMENTARY & CONIAH RATE SOLID CHANCES AS THEY TRANSITION FROM TURF TO DIRT
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2017)–Three talented fillies with solid main track form, Bob Baffert’s Pretty N Cool, Richard Mandella’s Bendable and Blaine Wright’s Invested Prospect head a field of five fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer at Santa Anita.
A handy winner of the Grade III, six furlong Las Flores Stakes two starts back, Pretty N Cool returns to Santa Anita following a second place finish on a sloppy track in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park on May 5.
A minor stakes winner sprinting, Claiborne Farm’s Bendable has been idle since October, while lightning quick Invested Prospect ventures south from her Seattle base with seven wins from eight career starts.
PRETTY N COOL: A 1 ¾ length winner of the Las Flores in virtual gate to wire fashion on March 5, this 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Scat Daddy showed the way in the Grade III Vagrancy Handicap but tired to finish second and was beaten by 1 ¾ lengths. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, she’ll be making her third start off of an extended layoff and appears to be the horse to beat. It’ll be up to regular rider Martin Garcia to ration her early speed, as both Bendable and Invested Prospect can be counted upon to apply an abundance of early pace pressure. A four-time stakes winner (three of them graded), Pretty N Cool is 12-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $538,905.
BENDABLE: Lightly raced, this 4-year-old filly by Horse Greeley was a minor stakes winner going six furlongs two starts back at Los Alamitos on Sept. 11 and was most recently a close second in the Grade II, six furlong Thoroughbred of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 8. Quick from the gate in all five of her starts, she figures to show plenty of early zip having been idle for more than eight months. With an overall mark of 5-3-1-1, she has earnings of $152,000 and will get the services of “Big Money” Mike Smith, who rode her to victory on Sept. 11.
INVESTED PROSPECT: A runaway five length classified allowance winner at Emerald Downs on April 23, this 4-year-old Washington-bred daughter of the Carson City stallion Abraaj is a two-time stakes winner but will be taking a steep raise in class in her Southern California debut. On or just off the early lead in all seven of her wins, she’ll be ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, who is no stranger to the front end. Owned by John and Janene Maryanski and Riverbend Farm, Invested Prospect has earnings of $119,975.
BELLAMENTARY: Trained by Phil D’Amato, she’s a minor stakes winner sprinting on dirt and is a two-time graded stakes place performer in a pair of main track routes. A heart break loser of a third condition allowance at one mile on turf here on May 19, she’ll likely opt for a stalking trip under Flavien Prat, who rode her last time out. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Bellamentary, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road, is 9-3-4-0 with earnings of $208,714.
CONIAH: A sharp second, beaten a half length going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes on May 27, this 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Harlington is a three-time graded stakes placed filly who is owned by her breeders, James and Tammy McKenney. Trained by William E. Morey, she’ll be reunited with Kent Desormeaux, who guided her to a nose defeat at odds of 36-1 two starts back in the downhill Mizdirection Stakes two starts back on April 22. With an overall mark of 18-3-4-3, she has earnings of $215,365.
THE GRADE III DESERT STORMER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 4 of 10 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT
- Invested Prospect–Tyler Baze–122
- Coniah–Kent Desormeaux–122
- Bellamentary–Flavien Prat–122
- Pretty N Cool–Martin Garcia–126
- Bendable–Mike Smith–122
First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.