• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 21 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

Luna Grande Ready for Starlet

Hollywood Park logo.
Photo: Hollywood Park

Luna Grande, who joined the Kristin Mulhall stable here Sunday after being purchased privately in Florida for Pennsylvania owner Jim Hess, is ready for her biggest test in the $300,000 Hollywood Starlet, a Grade I test for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.

“I was worried about her handling the distance when we first got her, but after galloping her, I don’t think that will be an issue,” said Mulhall Thursday after galloping the filly the past two mornings. “She’s a pretty-moving filly with big strides. We’ll take a hold of her and make one run.”

Luna Grande drew post four in a field of eight and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. The Florida-bred daughter of Mass Media out of the Fortunate Prospect mare Dream Lady Dream has recorded two firsts and three seconds in eight starts at Calder. She rallied to win a 5 ½-furlong allowance race in her last start on November 20.

The only other newcomer in the lineup is speedster Nina Fever, who has been here for several weeks in the Blake Heap barn after being sent west from Kentucky by trainer Wesley Ward. Victorious in five of eight starts--including three of four on synthetics--Nina Fever will leave from post two with Garrett Gomez.

Rafael Bejarano, who won the race last year aboard Blind Luck, seeks his third Starlet win in four years aboard Sharp Cat Stakes winner May Day Rose, who leaves from post three.



comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories