Filly & Mare Sprint Division
OwnerMichael Imperio, Vincent S. Scuderi, Sofia Soares, Gabrielle Farm, Mazel Stable Partners, LLC, Matthew J. Mercurio, Medallion Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds & Barry D. Fowler
BreederTwo Tone Farms
It would be no exaggeration to say Bella Sofia took the world by storm this summer or at least the New York racing circuit where the speedy 3-year-old filly won four of five races. She is now poised to take on the best female sprinters in the country in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
Bella Sofia began her career at Belmont Park May 6, 2021 with a debut maiden special weight win by 11 ¼ lengths before finishing second in the Jersey Girl Stakes. A dominating Belmont allowance win July 11 would set up Bella Sofia for her career effort in the Longines Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Awesome Patriot drew off in the Aug. 7 Test becoming a Grade 1 winner in only her fourth career start. Most recently, Bella Sofia won the Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park to push her career earnings in excess of the half-million dollar mark.
Owned by Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent Scuderi and Parkland Thoroughbreds, Bella Sofia was purchased for $20,000 at the 2020 Ocala Breeders’ Sale Company July Two Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
Rodriguez enjoyed a productive riding career, professionally from 1992-2011 on the New York circuit before turning to training. He holds 11 training titles in New York.