Former Hollywood Starlet Winner Makes Debut For Pletcher

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Posted 08.21.12 at 8:38

David Flores guides Turbulent Descent to victory in the Hollywood Starlet. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 22, 2012)—Turbulent Descent, who earned the first Grade I victory of her career in the 2010 Hollywood Starlet, will make her debut for new connections in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes Friday at Saratoga.

A Grade I for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs, the Ballerina is the ninth of 10 races. Scheduled post time is 2:30 p.m. PDT. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.

A 4-year-old daughter of Congrats and the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue, Turbulent Descent was purchased privately by owners Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith after her 1 ¼ length win in the Desert Stormer Handicap June 17 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Now in the barn of Todd Pletcher, Turbulent Descent won seven of 11 and banked $901,640 for her former owners and trainer Mike Puype. In addition to the Starlet, the Florida bred earned two other Grade I scores – the Santa Anita Oaks and the Test Stakes at Saratoga. Both of those wins were in 2011 and the latter was at the Ballerina distance.

From inside out, the field for the Ballerina Stakes: Island Bound, Julien Leparoux rides, 117 pounds; All Due Respect, Joel Rosario, 115; It’s Tricky, Eddie Castro, 122; Belle of the Hall, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 115; Nicole H, Ramon Dominguez, 117; Turbulent Descent, John Velazquez, 119 and Derwin’s Star, David Cohen, 117.

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