Las Vegas, NV - Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California will play host to the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes, formerly the Hollywood Starlet Stakes at the now defunct Hollywood Park, this Saturday, December 12. Two year old fillies will be featured when they take to Los Alamitos dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse and the 10 qualifying points toward next year's Kentucky Oaks.
Nine juvenile females will take to the track in the Starlet Stakes - race 8 on Los Alamitos Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:58 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine combatants for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes.
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Stays in Vegas - has four wins in five career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer - all of the wins coming in minor stakes races. Last time out was a win in the Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate November 1 after a victory in the Surer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita October 10 (both of those wins coming on turf), a fifth in her only graded stakes action - behind Songbird and Pretty N Cool in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in September and wins in the Wine Country Debutante in August and the Juan Gonzalez Memorial at first asking in July. Stays in Vegas has been mighty impressive so far but hopes for her first graded stakes score Saturday on her sixth different track so far. Alex Solis has been tabbed with accomplishing that goal from post 3.
Pretty N Cool - intriguing Bob Baffert trained filly has five career starts with three wins and a second place finish. Last time out was a career worst effort however - a fifth after fading behind many of her Starlet foes in the minor Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar November 15. It followed a nice win in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park October 18, a game runner-up finish behind Songbird in the Del Mar Debutante September 5, a win in impressive fashion - by 2 3/4 lengths as favorite in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar August 12 and a maiden score by 4 1/2 lengths on a sloppy track July 19. She had been a factor in every career start before last time out and will be out to avenge that uncharacteristic performance from the outside post 9. Martin Garcia has the mount on the only graded stakes winner in the field.
Pacific Heat - has won both of her career starts for trainer Peter Eurton. She makes her graded stakes debut off a good win by 5 1/4 lengths in the minor Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar October 29 and a 5 1/2 furlong maiden score at first asking - on this track by an astounding 13 1/2 lengths in September. She tries to make it 3-for-3 in a major step up in competition with Joe Talamo guiding her from gate 4.
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Treasuring - Bob Baffert trained filly has placed in all four career starts - a win, a second and two third place finishes. She enters off a respectable second in the minor Desi Arnaz Stakes November 15 at Del Mar after a maiden score by 7 1/4 lengths on this track September 19 and consecutive thirds to start her career. Treasuring has been in every race so far in her career and is expected to be again Saturday. Victor Espinoza has been tabbed to ride from the rail in her graded stakes debut.
Street Fancy - Phil D'Amato trained filly will hit the track for the third time Saturday having posted a win and a third place finish so far. She enters off a third right behind Treasuring in the minor Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar November 15 after a maiden score at first asking October 18 at Santa Anita
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Surfside Tiara - has five career starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with two wins and a second place finish. Last time out was a fourth behind some of her Starlet foes in the minor Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar November 15 after a win in the minor Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita October 11, a disappointing seventh in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes in September and a maiden score in her second career start. Surfside Tiara has been OK so far and hopes for her first graded stakes score. Rafael Bejarano rides from gate 6.
Patriotic Diamond - has four career starts for trainer Patrick Biancone with two wins, a second and a third place finish - all at Del Mar. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score November 26 after a third behind Pacific Heat in the minor Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes October 29, a nice win in the minor Generous Portion Stakes August 28 and a second in her debut August 15. Patriotic Diamond has been competitive every time out and hopes to keep that trend going from post 5 with Drayden Van Dyke guiding her.
Mama's Sugar - will hit the track for just the second time or trainer Peter Miller having posted a maiden score by 6 1/4 lengths at Del Mar November 27 in her only career start. Mama's Sugar hopes to make a little noise Saturday in her huge step up in competition - from post 7 with David Charles Lopez in the reins.
Sutton's Smile - Phil D'Amato trained filly has a win, a second and two third place finishes in five career starts. She enters off a respectable third in her stakes debut - the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar November 28, a maiden score at Santa Anita in her fourth career start and a third and a second respectively in a pair of MSW races. Sutton's Smile has looked OK so far and hopes to build on a good effort last time out. She will line up in gate 8 with Santiago Gonzalez in the irons.
2015 Starlet Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Los Alamitos Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:58 PM.
|1||Treasuring||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|2||Street Fancy||Mike Smith||Philip D'Amato|
|3||Stays in Vegas||Alex Solis||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|4||Pacific Heat||Joseph Talamo||Peter Eurton|
|5||Patriotic Diamond||Drayden Van Dyke||Patrick Biancone|
|6||Surfside Tiara||Rafael Bejarano||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|7||Mama's Sugar||David Lopez||Peter Miller|
|8||Sutton's Smile||Santiago Gonzalez||Philip D'Amato|
|9||Pretty N Cool||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert|