Alexander Homebred Becca Taylor tops field of five for Desert Stormer – Up News Info
Becca Taylor and jockey Flavien Prat win the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes, Monday February 21, 2022 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
A shy nose to be undefeated in eight starts, including three stakes, Becca Taylor, born in the home of Nick Alexander, is attempting graduated stakes competition for the first time as she returns to Santa Anita to lead the 3rd year of Saturday, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes with five fillies and three mares and riding six furlongs.
Coached by Steve Miyadi, California-born Becca Taylor, who was second, beat a nose two starts back in the Irish O’Brien Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course, ventured to Golden Gate Fields on May 7, where she pressed the pace and earned a six-yard length win over synthetic Tapeta as a 1-5 favorite.
A 1 ¼ length winner of the national-race Spring Fever Stakes at six clay court three starts on Feb. 21, Becca Taylor is undefeated at three clay-court tries, including two in public-race appearances at Santa Anita.
Becca Taylor, a 4-year-old filly by Old Topper and General Assembly mare Lady Sax, will benefit from the services of Santa Anita’s top rider, Juan Hernandez, for the first time. With seven wins and a second place finish, “Becca” has earnings of $319,160.
Riding a five-game winning streak, but surpassed in the G2 Zenyatta Stakes on Oct. 3, trainer Ruben Alvarado’s Samurai Charm returns to action on Saturday with regular rider Kyle Frey. Fast from the blocks at any distance, Samurai Charm took the unranked Dark Mirage over a flat mile at Los Alamitos two starts on Sept. 19 and will sprint for the first time in four starts, moving up to a starting allowance score going 5 ½ furlongs to Los Al. on July 2.
Owned by Downstream Racing, LLC, Samurai Charm, a 5-year-old mare by First Samurai of mare Silver Charm Back Seat Charm, is 7-5-0-1 with earnings of $147,260.
In her first start in seven months, Mark Glatt’s Dance to the Music has given wide warning that she’s back and ready for stakes competition once again. A $575,000 purchase of 2-year-olds on a practice sale a year ago in April, Dance to the Music was an impressive first winner as it ran 5 ½ furlongs in Del Mar on July 24 and returned to run a second well beaten at 3-1 in the G1 Del Mar Debutante on September 5th. Well beaten afterwards here in the G2 Chandelier Stakes on October 1, this 3-year-old filly by Maclean’s Music passed away and raced back to par on May 7, pressing the early pace and posting a win of three. quarter-lengths under Abel Cedillo, who returns on Saturday.
Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, Dance to the Music, who is out of mare Congrats Beautified, recorded a record 81 Beyer Speed Figure in her comeback run. With an overall rating of 4-2-1-0, she has earnings of $143,900.
A two-time Stakes winner as a three-year-old, 5-year-old Dynasty of Her Own of trainer Jonathan Wong finished third in the five-stay Golden Gate Camilla Urso Stakes on April 30 and was beaten 2 and a half lengths. Consequently, Santa Anita’s third two starts in the G3 Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs on clay on March 13, she was beaten by 12 lengths.
Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Dynasty of Her Own is a mare bred in Kentucky by Shanghai Bobby and the Richter Scale mare Lady Dynasty. Winless in two starts at the Santa Anita main track, she is 22-11-0-5 overall with earnings of $310,070 and will be ridden by Ricky Gonzalez.
THE GRADE 3 DESERT STORMER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 2 of 9 Approximate start time 1:30 p.m. PT
- Dance to the music—Abel Cedillo—116
- Dynasty Alone – Ricardo Gonzalez – 124
- Annie Graham—Edwin Maldonado—122
- Samurai Charm — Kyle Frey — 124
- Becca Taylor—Juan Hernandez—124
The earliest tee time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 1 p.m.