Submitted by Jerry Antonucci on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Hollywood Park: Rosalind will be running late in Hollywood Starlet
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Two strides away from the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, Rosalind was recovering from an awkward start and already at the back of the field of 10.
Trailing by 16 lengths on the backstretch, Rosalind closed well through the stretch to lose by a half-length, a frustrating result for trainer Ken McPeek.
“She went to her knees at the start,” McPeek said. “I think it was the difference between winning and losing. They don’t give you do-overs.”
On Saturday, Rosalind has another chance at a Grade 1 win when she starts as the favorite in the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet, run over 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-old fillies, at Betfair Hollywood Park. For Rosalind, the Starlet will be her third consecutive start in a Grade 1. She was second in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in October, a month after finishing third in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in her stakes debut.
A win in the Hollywood Starlet by Rosalind would give McPeek his second consecutive victory in Hollywood Park’s top race for juvenile fillies.
“We won the race last year with Pure Fun,” McPeek said. “We feel like [Rosalind] is just as talented. We love her chances in there.”
Owned by Ray Struder’s Landaluce Educe Stables, Rosalind beat maidens in a one-mile turf race at Ellis Park in Kentucky in her debut Aug. 2. She closed from off the pace to win by 2 1/2 lengths and has shown a closing style since then, even when she has clean starts.
“She’s a big filly,” McPeek said. “She has a turn of foot when you ask her for it.”
There should be a strong pace in the Starlet. The field of eight includes Streaming and Taste Like Candy, the winners of sprint races for maidens in their only starts, and Be Proud, a well-beaten second in the Sharp Cat Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16 after setting the pace.
Streaming won a maiden race over six furlongs as a heavy favorite in her debut Nov. 15.
“She was pretty impressive,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “This is a big jump for her.”
Arethusa won the Sharp Cat Stakes by 8 1/4 lengths, her first victory in her fourth start.
“She seems like she came out of the race very well,” trainer Eoin Harty said. “She’s kept good weight. The races don’t seem to have taken a physical or emotional toll. Her last race was a legitimate race. I benefited from a fast pace, but with that in mind, I believe the filly that ran second is a good filly.”
Two other fillies in the Starlet ran in the BC Juvenile Fillies – the Grade 2 winners Untapable and Concave. Both were affected by the fatal breakdown of Secret Compass on the turn and finished eighth and ninth.
Untapable won the Pocahontas Stakes and was a 9-2 shot in the BC Juvenile Fillies.
Concave won the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar in August. She was third in the Delta Downs Princess Stakes in Louisiana on Nov. 23 and makes a relatively quick turnaround for the Starlet.
The most successful filly in the field in terms of wins is Bajan, the winner of two sprint stakes in her past two starts – the Anoakia Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 13 and the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 9. The Starlet will be her first race over 1 1/16 miles and her sixth career start.
“It’s one of those things you don’t find out until you try it,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the distance. “She relaxes well, and we have to believe she’ll stay the distance. She finished going seven-eighths very well. We’re optimistic.”