Desert Law Returns in Thor’s Echo S.

Courtesy of Horse Racing Nation) Arcadia, CA (June 10, 2020) – Idle since late July, Harris Farms’ homebred Desert Law is back to defend his title on Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at six furlongs.

A 6-year-old chestnut gelding by Desert Code, Desert Law is trained by Carla Gaines and will be ridden for the first time by leading man Flavien Prat as he heads a field of five California-bred or sired horses aged three and up.

Gaines will also be well represented by the hard knocking 4-year-old gelding Tiger Dad, who is in solid recent form and will again be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Desert Law is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.

Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.

Trainer: Carla Gaines

A close second in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 27, Desert Law, who is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Treasure Chest, was a runaway 6 ¼ length winner of the 2019 Thor’s Echo two starts back on June 15, 2019 and if ready, is strictly the horse to beat on Saturday. A winner of five out of his 16 lifetime starts, Desert Law is four for nine at six furlongs and will be seeking his second stakes victory.

Owner: Mark Devereaux & Scott Gross

Trainer: Carla Gaines

Most recently second, beaten three lengths by rising star Collusion Illusion in a second condition allowance going six furlongs May 17, Tiger Dad hasn’t been out of the money in his last 10 starts, dating back to his Cal-bred maiden win on grass Jan. 4, 2019. Bred in California by his owners, Tiger Dad, a 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding who is out of the Unusual Heat mare Q T Shae, is 14: 3-5-3 overall as he seeks his first stakes win in what will be his second added money assignment.

(See his half-brother from the first crop of Prospect Park here).

The Thor’s Echo goes as the sixth race of nine set for Saturday. Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. Pacific.

The field in post position order with jockey and weight assignment:

1. Desert Law—Flavien Prat—126

2. Tiger Dad—Victor Espinoza—124

3. Oliver—Abel Cedillo—126

4. Loud Mouth—Drayden Van Dyke—124

5. Principe Carlo—Agapito Delgadillo–124