Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade III, $ 100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Don Alberto Stable’s talented sophomore filly Unique Bella had to be withdrawn from consideration from both the Santa Anita Oaks and the Kentucky Oaks with shin soreness, but it appears the daughter of Tapit will be returning to training soon. According to bloodhorse.com, Unique Bella has been walking the shed row at Santa Anita and visiting the spa.
“She’s doing very well right now,” said racing manager Fernando Diaz-Valdes. “When you have a sore shin, you have to give it some time off, and she’s a big filly. But she’s been walking every day and going to the whirlpool spa at Santa Anita (Park), and we’re hoping you’ll see her first couple works back by the end of July.”
A possible future target for the filly could be the G1, $ 1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx on Sept. 23, though plans with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have yet to be finalized. Diaz-Valdes hopes to have her ready for the Breeders’ Cup, where Unique Bella would have the opportunity to emulate her dam, Unrivaled Belle, in winning the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (Distaff).
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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