INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 14, 2012)—Two-time Grade I winner Turbulent Descent will make her first start of 2012 in the $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Named in honor of the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, the Desert Stormer is for older fillies and mares and will be run at six furlongs over Cushion Track. It is the seventh of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent has been away since finishing sixth as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes last Dec. 31.
The 4-year-old daughter of Congrats and the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue hasn’t lost in three starts at Betfair Hollywood Park, including a victory in the 2010 Hollywood Starlet.
The Starlet was the first of her Grade I victories with the other coming last Aug. 6 in the Test at Saratoga. A winner of six of 10 lifetime, Turbulent Descent has earned $858,350.
The Desert Stormer cast includes two other Grade I winners – Switch and Teddy’s Promise.
Trained by John Sadler, who won the 2009 Desert Stormer with Coco Belle, and owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Switch earned her biggest victories consecutively, taking the La Brea Dec. 26, 2010 and the Santa Monica Jan. 30, 2011.
A 5-year-old daughter of Quiet American and the Nicholas mare Antoniette, Switch has won five of 19 and banked $1,238,233. She has two wins and three seconds in five starts over Cushion Track.
Bred in California by owners Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis, Teddy’s Promise has won four of her last five races, topped by a 16-1 upset in the La Brea on New Year’s Eve.
The 4-year-old Salt Lake filly out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads has won six of 15 and earned $412,818. She’s 4-for-6 over the main track at Betfair Hollywood Park. The most recent win for Teddy’s Promise came in the Time To Leave Stakes May 6.
Izzy Rules will be trying to rebound off back-to-back fifth place finishes, the latest in the Time To Leave.
Owned by George and Mary Clare Schmitt and trained by Jeff Bonde, Izzy Rules rattled off four consecutive wins before her recent slide. The victories, which included a Grade III score in the Las Flores March 11 at Santa Anita, were by a combined 21 ¼ lengths.
A 5-year-old daughter of Peace Rules and the Dayjur mare Da Dance, Izzy Rules is 7-for-19 with earnings of $243,253.
Great Hot, the winner of the Grade II Raven Run last Oct. 22 at Keeneland, will be making her first appearance over Cushion Track. The Brazilian bred, who is owned by breeder Coudelaria Jessica and trained by A.C. Avila, has won four of 12. The 4-year-old daughter of Orientate and the Seeking the Gold mare That’s Hot has banked $363,265.
Mildly Offensive will be looking for her second win in three 2012 starts for owner Warren Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines. The 4-year-old Sharp Humor filly out of the Personal Flag mare It’s Personal has won three of eight while earning $183,168. In her only previous start over Cushion Track, Mildly Offensive was fourth in the Grade II A Gleam Handicap last July 16.
From inside out, the field for the Desert Stormer Handicap: Switch, Mike Smith rides, 123 pounds; Izzy Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Mildly Offensive, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 122; Great Hot, Garrett Gomez, 118 and Turbulent Descent, David Flores, 122.
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