2017 Starlet Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Starlet Stakes comes our way this Saturday, December 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California. A purse of $300,000 and a 10-4-2-1 points scale toward next year's Kentucky Oaks will be on the line for two-year-old fillies willing to take to Los Alamitos dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles.

A small but quality field of five have been confirmed for the Starlet Stakes - race 4 on Los Alamitos Saturday card. Post time is 2:28 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all five combatants for this important "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" G1 stakes.

2017 Starlet Stakes Entries at Los Alamitos

Dream Tree

Has two career starts for trainer Bob Baffert with two nice wins. Last time out was a successful stakes debut - an impressive nose-win in the listed Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar November 18 after a maiden score at first asking at Santa Anita October 27. Dream Tree hasn't been touched so far and hopes to remain undefeated Saturday in her major step up in competition - with Drayden Van Dyke in the reins from post 3.

Piedi Bianchi

Doug O'Neill trained filly has a win and two seconds and a third-place finish in her five career starts. She made her stakes debut September 2 and finished a decent second at 18-1 behind Moonshine Memories in the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes September 2 and followed that with a third behind Moonshine Memories and Alluring Star in the G1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita September 30 and her only off-the-board finish - a fifth last time out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar November 4. Before those results were a 1 1/4 length maiden score at Del Mar August 12 and a second in her debut here July 6. Piedi Bianchi has been in the mix every time out and will be in search of her first stakes score Saturday from gate 2 with Kyle Frey guiding her.

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Exuberance

Ian Kruljac trained filly has three career starts and has placed in all - one win and a pair of third-place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday having finally broken maiden last time out - by an eye-opening 6 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita October 13. Before that were consecutive thirds - the minor Barretts Debutante Stakes on this track September 16 and in a MSW to start her career - at Del Mar August 26. Exuberance has been competitive so far and shoots for a first stakes score from the rail. Tyler Baze will be in the saddle.

War Heroine

Will race for just the second time for trainer Peter Miller having posted a win in her only career start - by 6 3/4 lengths in a 6 1/2 length race at Del Mar November 12. War Heroine looked good in her only action to date and will try to keep the momentum going from gate 4 Saturday. Flavien Prat rides.

Yesterday's News

Has five career starts for trainer Simon Callaghan with one win and a second-place finish. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar November 5, a sixth in the listed Surfer Girl October 9 and a 1 1/2 length maiden score at Del Mar September 2. She finished fourth in a pair of fourths in a pair of MSW races to start her career - one on this track July 6. Yesterday's News has been OK so far in her career and searches for a career-best effort from the outside post 9. Mario Gutierrez has been tabbed to ride from the outside post 5.


2017 Starlet Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 4 on Los Alamitos Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:58 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Exuberance 8-1 Tyler Baze Ian Kruljac
2 Piedi Bianchi 5-2 Kyle Frey Doug O'Neill
3 Dream Tree 8-5 Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert
4 War Heroine 9-5 Flavien Prat Peter Miller
5 Yesterday's News 8-1 Mario Gutierrez Simon Callaghan

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