INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 7, 2013)—An unraced maiden when the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park began one month ago, Streaming is now a Grade I winner after her 10-1 upset in the $500,500 Hollywood Starlet Saturday.
A little more than three weeks after winning as the 1-2 favorite in her debut at six furlongs, the 2-year-old daughter of Smart Strike stretched out successfully, winning the 33rd Starlet after a pace-pressing journey under jockey Martin Garcia.
The Starlet was the more lucrative of two graded races offered Saturday. About 60 minutes after Streaming’s surprise, Broken Sword, a 7-1 shot, led all the way to win the Grade II, $151,000 Bayakoa Stakes.
Owned by breeders John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. and Edward McGhee and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Streaming was closest to pacesetter and 5-2 second choice Taste Like Candy for most of the way, took a slight lead into the stretch and went on to prevail by 1 ½ lengths.
Out of the Storm Cat mare Teeming, Streaming, who was supplemented to the Starlet for $10,000 with an additional $10,000 required to start, returned $23.60, $11 and $6.80 while covering the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:44.96. The $260,000 payday increased her earnings to $287,000.
“I had her pretty fit the first time I ran her,’’ said Baffert after his third win in the Starlet, following Excellent Meeting (1998) and Habibti (2001).
“We’ve been really high on this filly. It was too late to get a race into her to run her in the Breeders’ Cup. I wasn’t sure if I was going to run in here because I didn’t nominate her.
“Her last two works really showed she could sit off a horse. You’re always hoping they’ll run like they train and how they’re bred. We’ve been lucky to win some Starlets and especially with this being the last one. She’s really special.’’
The victory was the first in the Starlet for Garcia, who had hit the board the previous two years on fillies trained by Baffert. Blonde Fog was second in 2012 after Lady Pecan finished third in 2011.
“My filly was really sharp and I just let her break and was able to get a good position,’’ said Garcia. “I held my position outside and when I asked her to run she gave me more. She was very impressive.’’
A first-out sprint winner Oct. 20 at Santa Anita, Taste Like Candy finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Untapable, who was a nose better than 17-10 favorite Rosalind.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was seeking his third Starlet victory in five years after scoring with Blind Luck (2009) and Killer Graces (2011), Taste Like Candy paid $4.60 and $3.60. The show price on Untapable was $4.40.
Sharp Cat winner Arethusa, Moccasin heroine Bajan, Be Proud, who is also trained by Baffert, and Concave completed the order of finish.
Hollendorfer and Baffert reversed finish positions in the Bayakoa as Broken Sword, returning to Southern California after a 5 ½ length win Nov. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was never menaced in her first appearance in a graded race, easily handling the Baffert-trained Fiftyshadesofhay, the 11-10 favorite, and seven other fillies.
Ridden aggressively by jockey Joel Rosario, the 3-year-old daughter of Broken Vow and the Volksraad mare Katana quickly assumed control, set legitimate fractions (23.33, 46.53 and 1:11.42 for six furlongs) and won 4 ¼ lengths without feeling her companion’s whip.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC, George Todaro and Hollendorfer, Broken Sword ran the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:42.99 for her third win in eight starts. She’s earned $156,660.
The victory was the second in a row and the third in four years in the Bayakoa for Hollendorfer. He won with Lady of Fifty in 2012 and Washington Bridge in 2010.
Never higher than 4-1 before Saturday, Broken Sword paid $17.80, $7.40 and $4.80.
“I ended up on an uncontested lead,’’ said Hollendorfer. “I didn’t think we’d be out there on an easy lead like that. I think (Fiftyshadesofhay) had some trouble at the break. That may have contributed to our win.
“When this filly broke her maiden, we thought she could be any kind of horse, then she didn’t do what we wanted her to do right away. Now she is. Sometimes they just turn around.’’
Fiftyshadesofhay, who didn’t break alertly then was mired in traffic for a majority of the race, was a clear second, 5 ½ lengths in front of 7-2 second choice Warren’s Veneda, who lost for the first time in three races over Cushion Track.
Making her first start since finishing third at 2-5 in the Grade II Indiana Oaks Oct. 5 at Indiana Downs, Fiftyshadesofhay returned $2.80 and $2.40 while Warren’s Veneda paid $3.20.
Champagneandcaviar, the longest shot in the field at 40-1, finished fourth, a head in front of Curvy Cat, who is also trained by Hollendorfer, while 2 ¼ lengths behind Warren’s Veneda. Spellbound, Magic Union, Charm the Maker and Charlie Em completed the order of finish. Customer Base was scratched.
Racing resumes Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The feature attraction is the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express at six furlongs. The 122-pound top weight in the field of five is Chips All In. The Turf Express is the fourth of 10 races.
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