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December 10, 2011.Killer Graces ridden by Joe Talamo taking the lead in the stretch and winning the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA

Killer Graces heads a lineup of seven 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on turf in the 32nd running of the Grade II, $150,000 Providencia Stakes.


The Providencia will mark the first start on turf for the daughter of Congaree who won the Grade I Hollywood Starlet last December at Hollywood Park and who ran second to Willa B Awesome in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 28.


Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for a partnership, Killer Graces will be ridden for the first time by Bejarano while carrying high weight of 123 pounds. She is the most accomplished runner in the field with earnings of $414,830 from a 3-4-0 record in 10 career starts. The Providencia is carded as the eighth race.


The complete field for the Providencia Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Lady of Shamrock, Smith, 118; Island Paradise, David Flores, 118; Killer Graces, Bejarano, 123; Byrama, Gomez, 118; Charm the Maker, Rosario, 118; Ms Pianist, Martin Pedroza, 118, and Indigo River, Talamo, 118.


Following three successive stakes victories in England, Irish-bred Belle Royale will make her U.S. debut for trainer Simon Callaghan in the $75,000 American Beauty Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Rosario rides the 4-year-old Val Royal filly, who earned $161,611 in Great Britain from an 8-7-0 record in 24 starts. She carries high weight of 123 pounds in the field of nine. The American Beauty will go as the 10th race.


The complete field for the American Beauty Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rosehill Dew, Gomez, 116; Calle Vista, Garcia, 116; A Jealous Woman, Brice Blanc, 116; Belle Royale, Rosario, 123; Imperialistic Diva, Eswan Flores, 116; Sweetly Peppered, Bejarano, 120; Briecat, Talamo, 118; Gem of Soul, Edwin Maldonado, 116, and Go Forth North, David Flores, 116.



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