Rosalind and Untapable, the top two contenders in Saturday’s $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Stakes at 1 1-16 miles on Cushion Track, have completed their preparations for the Grade I.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind worked four furlongs in company with stablemate Rankhasprivileges Dec. 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park. They worked heads up, each earning a clocking of 49 seconds.
“Rosalind went perfectly,” said Danny Ramsey, exercise rider and assistant to McPeek. “Just what we wanted.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2013)—Unbridled’s Note, who was defeated by less than two lengths when fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 2, will make his Betfair Hollywood Park debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday.
Returning to the Autumn stakes calendar for the first time since 2008, the Turf Express is for 3-year-olds & upward at six furlongs. The ungraded event is the fourth of 10 races.
Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 4, 2013)—Trainer Ken McPeek will try for a repeat in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet when he sends out Rosalind against seven opponents Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade I for 2-year-old fillies, the Starlet is the sixth of nine races while the Bayakoa, a Grade II for older fillies and mares, will go as the eighth.
Both races will be run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 1, 2013)—Egg Drop, a 10-1 shot, defeated fellow gray and 8-1 outsider Discreet Marq by a nose in the $250,000 Matriarch Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The closest finish in the history of a race first run in 1981 was the second of two Grade I races offered on the final day of the Turf Festival.
A little more than an hour before Egg Drop’s thrilling victory, Seek Again, who was making his United States debut, powered past eight other 3-year-olds in the $251,000 Hollywood Derby.
MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, Winner: “The race set up as we planned. I let her break cleanly and she was running very comfortably and when I asked her to go she responded. (Discreet Marq) went by me very easily at the top of the stretch, but my filly never gave up and came back. That was a very tough race and she was able to get the job done.’’
RAFAEL BEJARANO, DISCREET MARQ, Second: “I was laying second very comfortable about a couple of lengths off the leader and I moved when I had to move. My filly gave me a big kick in the stretch, but the other horse came back on and we got ran down.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX, BETTER LUCKY, Third: “I had a very good trip. No excuses. She ran hard. She tried hard and no excuses.”
COREY NAKATANI, SEEK AGAIN, Winner: “I was extremely confident. Any time you see the Juddmonte colors and a horse shipping from England, you know they’re going to have a big turn of foot and it’s just a matter if they can handle the tighter turns. He seemed to handle it. (Gosden) said he had trained him on the left handed tracks before shipping him here. I was very excited to get the opportunity to get to ride again for Juddmonte and try to win a Grade I for them. My main thing was to try to get him into a rhythm, get him to break decently and get him in a rhythm. (Gosden) told me he had missed the break a couple of times and left himself with way too much to do. My main concern was to try to have a spot to run at and not get him stopped.’’
JULIEN LEPAROUX, ADMIRAL KITTEN, Second: “He ran big. He was flying at the end. The winner got the rail and everything went well for him, but my horse made a big run at the end.”
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.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 1, 2013)—The next Hollywood Insider of the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park will be held Saturday, Dec. 7.
One of the analysts from Television Games Network (TVG) will host Hollywood Insider, which will feature special guests, plus handicapping tips, insights and other last minute information regarding the afternoon’s races.
Hollywood Insider will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board
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