(Desert Law / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
Idle since late July, Harris Farms’ homebred Desert Law is back to defend his title on Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at six furlongs. A 6-year-old chestnut gelding by Desert Code, Desert Law is trained by Carla Gaines and will be ridden for the first time by leading man Flavien Prat as he heads a field of five California-bred or sired horses aged three and up.
Gaines will also be well represented by the hard knocking 4-year-old gelding Tiger Dad, who is in solid recent form and will again be ridden by Victor Espinoza.
Sponsored by the CTBA, the Desert Law is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.
Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.
Trainer: Carla Gaines
A close second in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 27, Desert Law, who is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Treasure Chest, was a runaway 6 ¼ length winner of the 2019 Thor’s Echo two starts back on June 15, 2019 and if ready, is strictly the horse to beat on Saturday. A winner of five out of his 16 lifetime starts, Desert Law is four for nine at six furlongs and will be seeking his second stakes victory.
Owner: Mark Devereaux & Scott Gross
Trainer: Carla Gaines
Most recently second, beaten three lengths by rising star Collusion Illusion in a second condition allowance going six furlongs May 17, Tiger Dad hasn’t been out of the money in his last 10 starts, dating back to his Cal-bred maiden win on grass Jan. 4, 2019. Bred in California by his owners, Tiger Dad, a 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding who is out of the Unusual Heat mare Q T Shae, is 14-3-5-3 overall as he seeks his first stakes win in what will be his second added money assignment.
Owner: Randy Marriott
Trainer: Ryan Hanson
The logical third selection, this 4-year-old colt by Coil is a head away from winning his last four races. Claimed for $20,000 out of statebred optional claiming/allowance win going six furlongs on Jan. 18, he’s been idle since a gutty three quarter length win in an open first condition six furlong allowance here on Feb. 29. Ridden in his last two starts by veteran Agapito Delgadillo, who rides back on Saturday, Principe Carlo earned a lofty 93 Beyer Speed figure two starts back and registered an 84 Beyer on Feb. 29.
THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Desert Law–Flavien Prat–126
- Tiger Dad–Victor Espinoza–124
- Oliver–Abel Cedillo–126
- Loud Mouth–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- Principe Carlo–Agapito Delgadillo–124
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.