Weemissfrankie Seeks Rare Sweep In Starlet

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Posted 12.07.11 at 11:49

Weemissfrankie and jockey Rafael Bejarano, outisde, win the Grade I, Oak Lead Stakes on Sunday, October 2. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 7, 2011)—Weemissfrankie will try for a third Grade I win in the $402,000 – estimated – Hollywood Starlet Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Five other 2-year-old fillies are scheduled to compete in the Starlet, which will be run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. It is the ninth of 10 races. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

Owned by a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing LLC, Nick Cosato and Rob Dyrdek and trained by Peter Eurton, Weemissfrankie has won three of four and earned $535,800.

The Grade I successes for the daughter of Sunriver and the Meadowlake mare Starinthemeadow came back-to-back. Some six weeks after a debut victory at Del Mar, Weemissfrankie won the Del Mar Debutante Sept. 3, then followed with a stretch out score in the Oak Leaf – at the Starlet distance – Oct. 2 at Santa Anita.

The lone defeat for the New York bred came when she was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. She finished nine lengths behind winner My Miss Aurelia.

If Weemissfrankie wins Saturday, she will become the first filly since Excellent Meeting in 1998 to sweep the Debutante, Oak Leaf and Starlet.

Charm the Maker will attempt to become the first winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes to repeat in the Starlet.

Owned and bred by Debbie McAnally and her Hall of Fame trainer husband Ron, the Empire Maker filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Charm the Giant has won two of three and banked $127,900. She won the Sharp Cat by 1 ¼ lengths as the 2-5 favorite in her second start at 8 ½ furlongs. She finished third – defeated by one length – in the Oak Leaf.

Self Preservation, who finished 1 ¼ lengths back of Weemissfrankie last month in Kentucky when fourth in the Juvenile Fillies, returns to California in search of her first victory in the United States.

Trained by Ben Cecil for owner J. Paul Reddam, the Lion Heart filly out of the Dahar mare Saintly Speaking is 0-for-3 since arriving from Ireland. Her best finish was a second at nearly 25-1 in the Del Mar Debutante. Overall, she has one win in five attempts and earnings of $188,747.

Second behind Charm the Maker in the Sharp Cat, Killer Graces will be hoping to end a four race losing streak in the Starlet. The daughter of Congaree and the Old Trieste mare Heatherdoesntbluff hasn’t won since taking the Landaluce July 16.
That victory was her second in a row over Cushion Track. In her first start after being purchased by Dan Borislow, Gillian Campbell, Steve Melen and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Killer Graces rallied to take the Cinderella Stakes June 11. She has not been worse than second in four races at Hollywood Park.

A two-time winner of the Starlet, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be represented by Lady Pecan.

A daughter of Concerto and the Kris S. mare Pecan Park owned by Kaleem Shah, Lady Pecan has one win in five outings and earnings of $34,906. Her victory came against $62,500 maidens at Woodbine Aug. 10. She was purchased privately by Baffert for Shah after that race.

She is winless in three races for her current connections. Most recently, Lady Pecan was fourth in the Sharp Cat.

Excellent Meeting (1998) and Habibti (2001) provided Baffert with his two Starlet wins.

Mi Vida is a four start maiden who has banked $7,200 for owner-breeder Southern Equine Stable LLC and trainer Eric Guillot.

From inside out, the field for the 31st Hollywood Starlet: Weemissfrankie, Rafael Bejarano rides, 120 pounds; Charm the Maker, Garrett Gomez, 120; Lady Pecan, Martin Garcia, 120; Killer Graces, Joe Talamo, 120; Mi Vida, David Flores, 120 and Self Preservation, Joel Rosario, 120.

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