Veteran trainer Bruce Headley, who has one of the best eyes in the business when it comes to picking out young horses at sales, has a two-filly entry in today’s sixth race at Santa Anita — Stash and Supermodel.
Both 4-year-old fillies, owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, are making their racing debuts for a trainer who takes his time with horses and lets them fully develop before racing them. Stash, who will be ridden by Joe Talamo, was a $400,000 purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September Sale. She’s by Maria’s Mon out of River Cache. Supermodel was bought for $150,000 in July 2006 and is by Yankee Gentleman out of Glamour Bay. She’ll be ridden by Alex Solis in a race scheduled for 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf course. There’s still a chance the race could be switched to the main track.
Both fillies have been working well for Headley, whose horses normally do work quickly in the mornings. Stash had a bullet six-furlong work of 1:12 breezing at Santa Anita on Jan. 18, and Supermodel drilled five furlongs handily in :58 1/5 on Feb. 8.
The entry is the fourth choice on Jeff Tufts’ morning line at 4-1 in the 10-horse field. Headley is high on both horses, but he sounds like he’s a bit higher on Supermodel, whom he says has been out-performing her stablemate in the mornings.
It’s been a slow start to the meet for Headley, who has won with only one of his first 24 starters and recently lost the big three horses in his stable. Both Street Boss and Magnificience were sold, and Surf Cat had to be retired following an injury. He’s hoping Stash and Supermodel are the real deal and get the barn moving in the right direction again.