INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2009) — Beautician and Blind Luck, second and third, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, head a talented field of seven fillies in Sunday’s $405,250 Hollywood Starlet as the 27-day Autumn Meet concludes at Hollywood Park.
The two will be joined by two other Breeders’ Cup starters in the Grade I Starlet — Juvenile Fillies Turf runner-up Rose Catherine and Juvenile Fillies tenth-place finisher Bickersons, who won the Moccasin Stakes here in her most recent start.
Trainer Ken McPeek has given two-time Eclipse Award winner Garrett Gomez the call on Beautician, taking over for Robby Albarado, while Rafael Bejarano will be aboard Blind Luck for the first time as Tyler Baze underwent finger surgery in mid-November.
The field for the 29th running of the Starlet, which will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track, lines up as follows:
Miss Heather Lee, Victor Espinoza; It Tiz, Joel Rosario; Blind Luck, Bejarano; Amen Hallelujah, Alex Solis; Bickersons, Joe Talamo; Rose Catherine, Javier Castellano, and Beautician, Gomez. All carry 120 pounds.
Beautician is the richest filly in the field with $486,625 in earnings. Most of that came in the Breeders’ Cup, where she finished a head in front of Blind Luck. She broke her maiden in her first start on June 5 at Churchill Downs, then had a pair of seconds in the Schuylerville and Spinaway at Saratoga and a fifth in the Alcibiades at Keeneland.
Blind Luck entered the Juvenile Fillies with three wins in four starts and was the 7-2 favorite. She was steadied on the first turn and raced wide most of the way while finishing three-quarters of a length back of winner She Be Wild. Prior to that, the daughter of Pollard’s Vision finished second in the Debutante at Del Mar and won the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita. Never worse than third, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly enters the Starlet with $465,900 in earnings.
Todd Pletcher-trained Rose Catherine will be shifting back to the main track after two big efforts on turf. She drew off to break her maiden by 8 ¾ lengths in a six-furlong turf race at Belmont in October, then led most of the way before settling for second in the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf. The daughter of Speightstown will be making her first start on a synthetic surface in the Starlet after running on the main track at Belmont Park and Saratoga in her first two starts.
Bickersons, Miss Heather Lee and It Tiz finished one-two-three, respectively, in the seven-furlong Moccasins here in November. Bickersons, a Canadian-bred daughter of Silver Deputy, was third in the Spinaway and third in the Oak Leaf prior to finishing tenth in the Juvenile Fillies. The Moccasin victory extended her West Coast stay. Miss Heather Lee will be supplemented at a cost of $20,000. She has won two of four starts, while It Tiz has won twice in five starts.
Amen Hallelujah makes her first start since finishing third in the Alcibiades in her initial start for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Prior to that, she won two of four starts for Steve Asmussen at Arlington Park.
The Starlet will be run as the ninth of ten races on Sunday at Hollywood Park. First post is at 12:30 p.m.
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