2016 Starlet Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California will be the scene of the G1 Starlet Stakes on Saturday, December 10. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for two year old fillies who are willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Los Alamitos dirt track.

A field of nine will give it a go 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 G1 stakes.

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2016 Starlet Stakes Entries at Los Alamitos

American Gal - up-and-coming Bob Baffert trained filly has three career starts and two wins and a third place finish. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished a very respectable third as favorite - after a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5. It followed a good 6 1/2 length win in the minor Anakia Stakes here October 23 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths at first asking - at Del Mar August 14. American Gal has been competitive every time out and looks to be in good shape to claim her first graded stakes score. Regular rider Mike Smith will try to accomplish that goal from post 7.

Union Strike - Craig Dollase trained filly will hit the track for the fourth time looking pretty good - her first start was a second place finish in a MSW at Del Mar July 31 and her second start resulted in a very good 2 1/4 length win in the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes September 3. Last time out was a bit of a step back however - a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5. Union Strike has been in there with some tough competition and has fared very well. She looks for a bounce back off an uncharacteristic effort from the rail Saturday with Gary Stevens guiding her.

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Berned - Thomas Albertrani trained filly has a win and a pair of runner-up finishes in her three career starts. Last time out was a good stakes debut - a second in the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 5. She started her career with a second at Saratoga August 14 and a maiden score two starts back at Belmont Park September 10. Berned has looked good in her career so far and will be after her first stakes score from the outside post 9 Saturday. Norberto Arroyo is scheduled to ride in Berned's first start outside of New York.

Tapped - will race for the third time for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer having posted a win and a second place finish so far. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a close second as favorite in the minor Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate October 29 after a win at first asking at Santa Anita October 2. Tapped has been a factor in both of her career starts and hopes to be again Saturday from post 3. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride.

Abel Tasman - will race for the fourth time for trainer Simon Callaghan having won twice in her career already. She makes her stakes debut Saturday on a two race win streak - an Allowance last time out at Del Mar November 18 and a maiden score at Santa Anita September 30. She was fifth in her debut in August. Abel Tasman tries to make it three straight wins Saturday and enters in good form. Joe Talamo gets the call from gate 6.

Fact of Life - Bob Baffert trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in three career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a second behind Abel Tasman in an Allowance at Del Mar November 18, a maiden score on this very track September 8 and a third in her debut at Del Mar in August. Fact of Life has been a factor in every career start and will try to win her second race in as many tries on this track - from gate 8.

Sandy's Surprise - has a win, a second and a third place finish in three career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill. She makes her stakes debut off a maiden score at Santa Anita November 3 after a second and a third respectively in a pair of MSW to start her career. Sandy's Surprise has improved every time out and hopes to continue climbing the ladder in her stakes debut. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount from post 5.

Go On Mary - Doug O'Neill trained filly has three career starts with a win and a third place finish. She steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday having finally broken maiden last time out - at Del Mar November 12. Before that was a third and a fourth in a pair of MSW races to start her career. Go On Mary has improved every time out and hopes to maintain the upward trend from the rail Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke rides.

Mopotism - Doug O'Neill trained filly has two career starts with one runner-up finish to show for it. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a second in a MSW November 12 and a fifth in her debut August 28 - both results at Del Mar. Mopotism hasn't been great so far but will be after a breakthrough effort from gate 4. Mario Gutierrez will be in the saddle.


2016 Starlet Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Los Alamitos Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:58 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Go On Mary 12-1 Drayden Van Dyke Doug O'Neill
2 Union Strike 7-2 Gary Stevens Craig Dollase
3 Tapped 6-1 Kent Desormeaux Jerry Hollendorfer
4 Mopotism 15-1 Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill
5 Sandy's Surprise 15-1 Santiago Gonzalez Doug O'Neill
6 Abel Tasman 8-1 Joseph Talamo Simon Callaghan
7 American Gal 5-2 Mike Smith Bob Baffert
8 Fact of Life 8-1 Stewart Elliott Bob Baffert
9 Berned 4-1 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Thomas Albertrani

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