INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2012)—Executiveprivilege will try for her third Grade I win of 2012 when she takes on seven other 2-year-old fillies in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Starlet is the richer of two graded stakes to be offered on the next-to-last Saturday of the Autumn meet. Older fillies and mares will get together in the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes. A Grade II, the Bayakoa, which is presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association, will also be run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
The 32nd Bayakoa goes as the sixth of 10 races while the Starlet is the ninth. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Every Saturday during the Autumn season features a Pick Six pool that is guaranteed at $150,000. If the pool exceeds $200,000, $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub. The average pool size through the first four weeks of the season was $229,989.
Additionally, a single winning Pick Six ticket –purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman and trained by Hall of Famer, Executiveprivilege suffered her first defeat – after five wins – when second, one length behind Beholder, in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2.
If successful Saturday, the daughter of First Samurai and the Unaccounted For mare Refugee would become the lone 2-year-old filly in the country with three Grade I wins – she has already captured the Del Mar Debutante and Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita – and strengthen her case for an Eclipse Award as champion of the division.
An earner of $900,000, Executiveprivilege could provide Baffert with his third Starlet victory, following Excellent Meeting (1998) and Habibti (2001).
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who replaced Rafael Bejarano on Game On Dude for last weekend’s victory in the Native Diver Stakes, will take over on Executiveprivilege as the filly tries to emulate Killer Graces, who won both the Landaluce and Starlet in 2011.
Baffert will also be represented by impressive first out winner Blonde Fog.
Owned by Pegram and Mark DeDomenico LLC, the Divine Park filly out of the Eltish mare Betty’s Solutions won by 12 ½ lengths at the Starlet distance Oct. 28 at Santa Anita. The win was worth $28,200.
Miss Empire returns to Cushion Track for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and Kevin Tsujihara and trainer Peter Miller after trailing in the Grade III Miesque on turf Nov. 24.
The daughter of Empire Maker and the Rajab mare Miss Excitement has won two of eight and earned $207,120. One of her wins came in the Cinderella Stakes June 16 in her second career outing.
Miller is also scheduled to start Rhodium. Owned by a partnership that includes Roncelli Family Trust, David Bernsen and Wire to Wire To Wire Stables, the gray daughter of Flashy Bull and the Swiss Yodeler mare Rockin On has won once in six attempts and earned $44,230.
Midnight Ballet, the upset winner of the Sharp Cat – at the Starlet distance – Nov. 11 in her first Cushion Track attempt, will be seeking her third win in four races for Stoneway Farm LLC and trainer Tom Proctor. The Midnight Lute filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Buzz Song has earned $103,000.
Scarlet Strike will try to rebound after finishing third at 4-5 in the Sharp Cat. Owned by John Carver, Green Smith and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the daughter of Smart Strike and the French Deputy mare Scarlet Tango is 1-for-5 with earnings of $124,240.
The Kentucky bred finished second in the Chandelier prior to her 1 ¼ length defeat in the Sharp Cat.
Second at 11-1 in the Sharp Cat, Renee’s Titan will be trying for her second victory at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned by Zillah Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill, the Bernstein filly out of the Tiznow mare Titan Queen has won once in five tries and earned $55,400. She broke her maiden against $50,000 claimers by 4 ½ lengths in her career debut June 21. She was purchased privately after that race by her current connections from owner-breeder John Liviakis and trainer Melody Conlon.
Supplemented to the Starlet at a cost of $10,000 – with an additional $10,000 to start – Pure Fun ships to California for Susan McPeek’s Magdalena Racing and trainer Ken McPeek. The Pure Prize filly out of the Key to the Mint mare Chelsea Green has won two seven and earned $83,599. She won an optional claimer by 9 ¼ lengths Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. She has never competed over a synthetic surface.
From inside out, the field for the Hollywood Starlet: Pure Fun, Garrett Gomez rides, 120 pounds; Miss Empire, Kevin Krigger, 120; Scarlet Strike, Joe Talamo, 120; Blonde Fog, Martin Garcia, 120; Midnight Ballet, Julien Leparoux, 120; Executiveprivilege, Mike Smith, 120; Renee’s Titan, Tyler Baze, 120 and Rhodium, Rafael Bejarano, 120.
Inglorious will make her California debut against seven opponents in the Bayakoa.
Trained by Josie Carroll for Donver Stable, the 4-year-old Hennessy filly out of the Smart Strike mare Noble Strike has won five of 12 and earned $1,378,751.
Victorious in five of six races over synthetic surfaces, Inglorious has been idle since finishing third in the Grade II Dance Smartly July 8 at Woodbine. Her biggest win came in the 2011 Queen’s Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Bayakoa with Washington Bridge, will try for another with Lady of Fifty.
Co-owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, the daughter of After Market and the Maria’s Mon mare K.D.’s Shady Lady has won five of 10 and banked $210,000. The gray will be making her first start at Betfair Hollywood Park. She will try to become the 14th 3-year-old to win the Bayakoa. The most recent was the aforementioned Washington Bridge.
Another Hall of Fame trainer – Ron McAnally – will be represented by Charm the Maker as he seeks a record-tying fifth win in the race. John Shirreffs is the current record holder, establishing the mark with Zardana in 2009.
Bred and owned by McAnally and his wife Debbie, Charm the Maker has won two of nine and earned $250,040. The 3-year-old Empire Maker filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Charm the Giant has lost six in a row since winning the 2011 Sharp Cat.
Three of McAnally’s wins in this race came when it was known as the Silver Belles Handicap – Happy Guess (1981), Paseana (1991) and Brought to Mind (1992). He won the 1996 Bayakoa with Listening.
A double graded stakes winner in 2012, Willa B Awesome stretches out again after finishing third in the Cat’s Cradle Handicap Nov. 18.
Trained by Walther Solis for a partnership that includes Phil Daniels, Patsy London, John Winters and breeder Terry Lovingier, Willa B Awesome has won five of 17 and earned $624,896. The heroine of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks in March, the California bred is a 3-year-old Awesome Gambler filly out of the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky. The last state bred to win the Bayakoa was Romance Is Diane in 2007.
After four consecutive races on turf, Open Water returns to a synthetic surface for Southern Equine Stable LLC and Mike Smith and trainer Eric Guillot.
A 3-year-old Include filly out of the A.P. Indy mare Biscayne Bay, Open Water has won two of 11 and banked $140,500. She finished seventh of eight in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks June 23 in her only previous start over Cushion Track.
Class Included will be making her synthetic debut for owner and co-breeder Michael Feuerborn and trainer Jim Penney after finishing seventh of eight in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
A winner of four consecutive stakes at Emerald Downs and Hastings Park prior to her loss in the Ladies’ Classic, Class Included has won 10 of 17 and earned $384,526.
Changethechannel will make her graded stakes debut for Abbondanza Racing LLC and trainer Sean McCarthy after a 1 ¾ length optional claiming win in her first local start Nov. 23.
A 3-year-old English Channel filly out of the Mr. Prospector mare Elegant Prospect, Changethechannel is 2-for-6 with a bankroll of $74,850.
Madera Castana will be trying to end a losing streak that is more than two years old.
Winless since taking the Group I GP Alberto Solari Magnasco Nov. 6, 2010 at Hipodromo in her native Chile, Madera Castana will go turf to Cushion for Green Grass Stable and trainer Angel Rodriguez.She finished seventh of nine in the restricted Swingtime Stakes Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.
A 5-year-old daughter of Indy Dancer out of the Dancing Groom mare Madera Fragante, Madera Castana has won two of 26 and earned $128,728. She is winless in 15 starts in the United States.
From inside out, the field for the Bayakoa Stakes: Open Water, Corey Nakatani rides, 114 pounds; Willa B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 121; Lady of Fifty, Martin Garcia, 114; Madera Castana, Brice Blanc, 117; Changethechannel, Tyler Baze, 114; Charm the Maker, Garrett Gomez, 114; Class Included, Kevin Krigger, 119 and Inglorious, Mike Smith, 117.
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