Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies Division

Bellafina emerged as a major contender in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies after a pair of Del Mar stakes victories. Jockey Flavien Prat piloted her for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Kaleem Shah in each of her three starts.

In her debut, Bellafina finished second in a race contested on the Fourth of July at Los Alamitos. Callaghan added blinkers for her next effort, Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes, and the filly beat the field by 4 ½ lengths. A month later, on the same oval, Bellafina won by the same margin in the Debutante Stakes.

"She was more aggressive today. I think (the Sorrento) got her in that mode," Prat said. "She was on it.” 

Callaghan tweeted that Bellafina is pointed to the Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita before heading to the Breeders’ Cup.

"I said to Kaleem that she's the best filly I've ever trained," Callaghan said. "She's pretty special, and I think she's going to keep getting better."

That’s high praise considering Callaghan’s training resume includes Taris, Fashion Plate, Abel Tasman, American Gal and Moonshine Memories. But, even though these horses have won an impressive list of stakes races, Callaghan is looking for his first Breeders’ Cup win.

Shah campaigned 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. He was born and raised in India, where his father, Majeed Shah, successfully trained Thoroughbreds and won the Indian Triple Crown twice. Majeed encouraged his children to focus on their studies instead of horses. Kaleem Shah, founder and president of Virginia-based communications company CalNet, became a United States citizen in the early 1990s. A few years later, he purchased his first Thoroughbred and established his American flag silks.

Shah purchased Bellafina, a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic participant Quality Road, for $800,000 at a two-year-olds in training sale in Florida last March. Quality Road is currently one of the sport’s most successful sires.

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2018 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

February 09, 2019Las Virgenes S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
January 06, 2019Santa Ynez S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
November 02, 2018Tito's Handmade Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile FilliesCHURCHILL DOWNS14
September 29, 2018Chandelier S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
September 01, 2018Del Mar Debutante S.DEL MAR11
August 05, 2018Sorrento S.DEL MAR21
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