Mark Glatt plans to enter two in Saturday’s Desert Stormer
Mark Glatt plans to enter his two nominees in Year 3 this Saturday, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, Dance to the music and undefeated Ironic twist.
The Desert Stormer is named after the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, who beat 13 rivals by a neckline at 14-1 under Kent Desormeaux for coach Frank Lyons at Belmont Park.
Saturday’s Desert Stormer is the 26th renewal, open to fillies and mares three years and older at six furlongs.
Dance to the Music covered five stadiums on Saturday in 1:00.6. Ironic Twist covered the same distance on Sunday in 1:00.8.
Both fillies belong to long-time supporters of California racing. Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC provide the colors for Dance to the Music, raised in Kentucky by George Kirkorian. Al and Saundra Kirkwood not only own Ironic Twist, they also bred the daughter of Distorted Humor, undefeated in her first two races, both main sprints at Santa Anita.
Glatt, 49, from Spokane, Wash., has extensive gaming experience.
He grew up on a farm in Auburn, Washington, about 30 miles south of Seattle. His father Ron trained horses all over the Northwest and Mark earned his trainer’s license at age 21 right after graduating from Western Washington University in 1994.
Glatt, a regular top-five finisher at Santa Anita and Del Mar, is currently tied for fourth in the coaching standings with Bob Baffert with 27 wins in 66 days of racing.