The 4-year-old filly had been on trainer Patricia Farro’s
radar for a while and when Stoopendous Diva won a $12,500 claiming race here
last out on May 27 by 12 1/4 lengths with jockey Elvis Trujillo wrapped up on
her, Farro had her fingers crossed.
She had put
in a claim for the Kentucky-bred daughter of Da Stoops and the Theatrical mare
Diva on Grass and after the race learned that it was her barn that the filly would
go back to. On Friday Stoopendous Diva will run in the colors of new owners
Alma and Roy Lomas in the featured $44,000 allowance optional claiming race
with a $32,000 tag.
“She was a
nice claim,” said Farro, who in 2004 became the first woman to win the
trainer’s title at The Meadowlands. “My owners had their eye on her for a long
time so I’m glad I was able to claim her.”
she has Diva in her name, the filly is anything but.
back class,” Farro said. “She’s does everything right, whether in the barn or
training on the track. When they have class, you can always tell.”
Diva spent all of last summer running at Northlands
Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was second there in a
$50,000 stakes race. She began her 2012 campaign at Tampa Bay Downs, where she
finished in the money in all three starts and will be riding a two-race win
streak into Friday’s race at one-mile-and-a-sixteenth on the main track.
Trujillo, the meet’s
leading rider, will be back in the irons.