Updated on 09/17/2011 9:27PM

Storm Wolf captures Laz Barrera Memorial


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Storm Wolf overcame a slow start to win his stakes debut in Saturday's $150,000 , giving jockey Alex Solis his fifth win of the day at Hollywood Park.

Storm Wolf ($2.80) won the Grade 2 Barrera by six lengths, finishing seven furlongs in 1:22.26. Breaking from the rail, Storm Wolf broke last but quickly reached the front. He set fractions of 21.96 and 44.80 seconds before pulling away on the final turn. Solis tapped Storm Wolf once with a whip in early stretch, but mostly hand rode Storm Wolf to the finish.

"He was a little freaked out at the start," Solis said. "He has so much talent, he won easy."

Dover Dere, a minor stakes winner at Golden Gate Fields in December, rallied from fourth to finish a half-length in front of Ransom Demanded in the field of six 3-year-olds. High Standards, who won two sprint stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita earlier this year, finished last.

Storm Wolf races for Mercedes Stables and Marsha Naify and is trained by Bruce Headley. After finishing fourth in a maiden race last December, Storm Wolf has won three races by 20 1-2 lengths since resuming his career in March.

"He's truly a runner," Headley said. "He's a special horse."