Landaluce Educe Stable’s Rosalind, already established as one of the top 2-year-old fillies in the United States, will seek her first Grade I victory in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 7.
The race at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track is likely to have a field of six.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind was a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a half length behind Ria Antonio and She’s a Tiger, the original winner who was disqualified and placed second Nov. 2. In her previous two starts, Rosalind was second in the Grade I Alcibiades at Keeneland and third in the Grade II Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
Joel Rosario will once again ride the daughter of Broken Vow, who will be supplemented for $10,000 to the Starlet at entry time.
Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable defeated Rosalind in the Pocahontas before being eased after a troubled-filled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Tapit will be ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo.
Four locally-based fillies are coming off big victories.
Bajan, who is trained by Simon Callaghan for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Ronald Frankel, attempts two turns for the first time after a facile victory in the Moccasin Stakes Nov. 9. She captured the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita three weeks earlier. Victor Espinoza has the call on the Speightstown filly.
Darley Stable’s Arethusa, who broke her maiden in winning the Sharp Cat Stakes over Cushion Track Nov. 16, steps up to graded competition for trainer Eoin Harty. The well-bred daughter of A.P. Indy will again be ridden by Corey Nakatani.
Two impressive maiden winners from Hall of Fame stables are set to take a crack at the Starlet. Bad Boy Racing, et al’s Taste Like Candy, who earned her diploma Oct. 26, will be handled by leading jockey Rafael Bejarano for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, while Bob Baffert, who has won the Starlet twice, will send out Global Hottie, a debut winner Nov. 17 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
PROCTOR’S VICTORY DOUBLY SWEET WITH OLD FRIEND AT HIS SIDE
Tom Proctor, who won Saturday’s Generous Stakes with the promising Galileo colt Global View, watched the race with an old friend.
Jerry Fanning, who is 19th on the all-time list among trainers with 381 wins at Betfair Hollywood Park, was a good friend of Tom’s father, Willard, and was also at Tom’s side for his first victory with I’m Smokin in 1978.
Meanwhile, Proctor reported that Global View came out of the race well and would be pointed for 3-year-old turf races in 2014 after a brief rest in Florida. The trainer also said that Savings Account, second in The Miesque, came back in good shape and left open the possibility of a switch to the main track next year.
Trainer Jim Cassidy said that Full Ransom, who edged Savings Account in The Miesque, came out of the race “great.”
In other post-stakes news, Silentio and Summer Front, who staged a thrilling finish in the Grade II Citation Handicap Friday, both returned well, according to their respective connections.
Gary Mandella, trainer of the winner, Silentio, said his runner’s ultimate goal is next year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile and that the Kilroe Mile (a Grade I scheduled for March 8, 2014) “would be a good starting point.”
Chris Lorieul, assistant to Christophe Clemente, was still shaking his head over Summer’s Front’s tough beat. “He was in front right before the wire and right after,” said Lorieul, “but he came back real good.”
Summer Front and Discreet Marq, scheduled to compete in the Grade I Matriarch, will ship back to Clement’s barn Sunday night.
John O’Donoghue, assistant to Neil Drysdale, said that Winning Prize, a close third in the Citation, also came out of the race well.
TALAMO TRIPLE TIGHTENS UP JOCKEY STANDINGS
With a triple Saturday, Joe Talamo tightened up the jockey standings at Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn meet.
Talamo cut Rafael Bejarano’s lead in half and now trails by just three wins, 22-19. Bejarano was in New York Saturday to ride Goldencents in the Grade I Cigar Mile.
Martin Garcia is third with 15 victories.
The trainer standings are a free-for-all, with just four winners separating the top eight. Bob Baffert is currently in the lead with 10, followed by John Sadler and Peter Miller with eight apiece. Next in line are Doug O’Neill and Jerry Hollendorfer with seven, then Tom Proctor, Mark Glatt and Jeff Bonde with six.
APPEALING, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE TOP BAYAKOA, TURF EXPRESS
Yvonne Jacquez’ Appealing, beaten a head by Egg Drop in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap Sept. 2, heads the list of probables for the Bayakoa Stakes, a Grade II for older fillies and mares that will be run Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
Others considering the race are Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Charlie Em, winner of the Grade III Senorita Stakes on turf during the Spring/Summer meet, Deborah McAnally’s Charm the Maker, who won the Adoration Stakes at Del Mar, Warren Benjamin’s Warren’s Veneda, victorious in the Cat’s Cradle Handicap Nov. 17, and Hronis Racing’s Magic Union, an allowance winner earlier in the year at Del Mar.
Rock and Glory, a romping winner here Nov. 16, is cross entered in a turf race Thursday, but may scratch to run in the Bayakoa.
Mike McCarty’s Unbridled’s Note, second to Mizdirection in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and a close fourth to the same mare in this year’s renewal, is expected to make his next start in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday, Dec. 8. Regular rider Corey Nakatani will be aboard for Steve Asmussen.
MATOS TO MISS A FEW DAYS AFTER SURGERY
Tony Matos, longtime jockey agent who currently books mounts for Corey Nakatani, is scheduled for surgery at Kerlin and Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic next week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“Dr. Tibone did the same procedure on my other knee five years ago,” said Matos, “and he’ll do this one, too.”
Matos is expected to be bedridden “just a few days.”
POST POSITION STATS
The top two post positions (with more than 10 starts) for Cushion Track sprints during the Autumn meet have been number seven (10-for-47, 21 per cent) and number four (13-for-66, 20 per cent).
The lucky number for Cushion track routes also has been seven (4-for-13, 31 per cent), followed by number three (6-for-23, 26 per cent) and one (5-for-23, 22 per cent).
In turf sprints, post six is high (3-for-11, 27 per cent), while in turf routes, number eight has been red hot (5-for-12, 42 per cent).
CLOSING STRIDES —Happy birthday to jockey Edwin Maldonado, who turned 31 Sunday……*Gary Stevens,* who has had a fairytale comeback year, cooled off a bit during the World Super Jockey Series in Japan. Stevens finished 14th of 15 in the two day, four race competition at Hanshin Racecourse. England’s Richard Hughes won the event with 49 points, followed closely by Ireland’s Patrick Smullen. Stevens leaves Monday for Hong Kong, where he’ll compete in the Longines International Jockey Challenge…….Apprentice Drayden VanDyke, who won the first race of his career aboard Money Clip Nov. 21 at Betfair Hollywood Park, will now be represented by agent Sarah Wolfe. VanDyke will begin riding next week at Turf Paradise on local off days……. Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill, said that Goldencents came out of the Cigar Mile fine, but may get some time off. “So far, so good,” said Mora, “but we’ll bring him back here and evaluate him.” Private Zone, also trained by O’Neill, was a strong second in the Cigar and also came back well……Magic Number became the first two-time winner at the meeting with a victory in a $10,000 claimer Nov. 24. The Hat Trick filly was claimed from trainer Patrick Biancone by *Eric Kruljac*…..Several upsets on Saturday sharply reduced the numbers of contestants still alive in the Show Me the Money contest. Entering Sunday’s races, there are 26 players remaining in the race for the $2,500 winner-take-all prize.
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