Barn Notes

Stoopendous Diva Returns For New Connections

Posted Thursday, Jun 21, 2012


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.”

            Although she has Diva in her name, the filly is anything but.

            “She’s got 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.”

            Stoopendous 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.

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