Becca Taylor wins Speed Duel in Desert Stormer Stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. — In her first appearance in the graded stakes, Becca Taylor, breeder of Nick Alexander, a California daughter of Old Topper, outperformed the Tier I placed Dance to the Music stakes en route to an authoritative victory by 2½ lengths in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, his eighth win in nine career starts. Trained by Steve Miyadi and ridden for the first time by Juan Hernandez, Becca Taylor covered six furlongs in 1:09.35.
In what quickly turned into a two-horse race, Dance to the Music took off from their railroad post position under Abel Cedillo and were pressed hard all the way to the sixteenth post, where Becca Taylor took command.
“She came racing today,” said Hernandez, Santa Anita’s top rider with 93 wins and 21 wins with more money. “She is a very good filly. She has an incredible track record. Today it was a little chilly. She broke very hard and I didn’t want to go ahead because I saw that the other filly (Dance to the Music) had a lot of speed too. I didn’t want to be head and shoulders, but as soon as she felt the inner horse she was ready to take off and that’s why we went a little fast.
“I just tried to let her be happy. When we reached the stretch, she changed tracks and went on. Yeah, I was glad we were out. It’s always good to be at the outside in those short runs. Today though, the way she broke so fast, it probably didn’t matter much.
Becca Taylor, 4, won a six furlong length allowance on synthetic Tapeta at golden door Champs on May 7 and was the 3-5 favorite in a field of four fillies and three-and-over mares, netting $3.20 and $2.10 with no show bet.
Close to being undefeated in nine starts, Becca Taylor, who is out of Alexander’s General Assembly mare Lady Sax, collected $60,000 for the win, taking her earnings to $379,160.
“Mark Glatt had a beautiful horse (Dance to the Music), the competition was tough,” Alexander said. “She never beat anyone by a whole lot. She just seems to like laying off and earning a little. We had the lead runner, the outside post and I was still nervous.
“As soon as she put her head in front of Dance to the Music, her ears perked up. She knew she was home. Juan said he had a lot of horses in the back, she wanted to then but he That time, 1:09 and change, that’s as fast as Desmond Doss ran the other day (Thor’s Echo Stakes, May 28, in 1:09.70) and we thought that was a big win.
“That’s pretty cool. It’s a feather in the hat for her. Her mom’s gone, her dad’s gone, so she’s carrying on for them.
Dance to the Music, second to the Grade I Del Mar Debutante three starts back, finished 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Samurai Charm and called $2.10 to go 8-5.
The fractions on the run were 21.95, 43.85 and 56.17.
Seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry, who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001 and 2002, presented the Desert Storm Trophy.
Santa Anita press release
Photo: Becca Taylor (Benoit Photo)