Desmond Doss Rallies to Win $100,000 Thor’s Echo

Courtesy of Santa Anita Arcadia, CA (May 28, 2022) – Idle since Oct. 17, Nick Alexander’s homebred Desmond Doss came back running on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he rallied for a decisive 2 ¼ length victory in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes, giving Juan Hernandez consecutive stakes wins and his third win from as many mounts. Trained by Steve Miyadi, Desmond Doss, a 6-year-old horse by Grazen, got six furlongs in 1:09.70.

The Thor’s Echo is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.

Attentive to the pace, about 1 ½ lengths off pacesetter Fashionably Fast at the half mile pole, Desmond Doss had about 2 ½ lengths to make up at the three furlong marker, angled three-deep turning for home and came away impressively in the final sixteenth of a mile to register his second career stakes victory.

Overlayed at 4-1 from his morning line of 3-1 among a field of five, Desmond Doss returned $10.00, $4.00 and $2.40.

Out of Alexander’s now 20-year-old Malek mare Malley Girl, Desmond Doss, who is named for the multiple decorated World War II conscientious objector hero, is now 18-6-2-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $361,341.

In a much improved effort off of his sixth place finish going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in the statebred Sensational Star Stakes March 20, Harris Farms’ homebred Fashionably Fast held Tigre Di Slugo safe by a half length for the place and returned $3.80 and $2.20 while off at odds of 5-2.

Fractions on the race were 22.55, 44.80 and 57.22.