Landaluce Educe Stable’s Rosalind
, already established as one of the top 2-year-old fillies in the United States, will seek her first Grade I victory in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 7.
The race at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track is likely to have a field of six.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind was a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a half length behind Ria Antonio and She’s a Tiger, the original winner who was disqualified and placed second Nov. 2. In her previous two starts, Rosalind was second in the Grade I Alcibiades at Keeneland and third in the Grade II Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
Joel Rosario will once again ride the daughter of Broken Vow, who will be supplemented for $10,000 to the Starlet at entry time.
Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable
defeated Rosalind in the Pocahontas before being eased after a troubled-filled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Tapit will be ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo.
Four locally-based fillies are coming off big victories.Bajan
, who is trained by Simon Callaghan for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Ronald Frankel, attempts two turns for the first time after a facile victory in the Moccasin Stakes Nov. 9. She captured the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita three weeks earlier. Victor Espinoza has the call on the Speightstown filly.
Darley Stable’s Arethusa
, who broke her maiden in winning the Sharp Cat Stakes over Cushion Track Nov. 16, steps up to graded competition for trainer Eoin Harty. The well-bred daughter of A.P. Indy will again be ridden by Corey Nakatani.
Two impressive maiden winners from Hall of Fame stables are set to take a crack at the Starlet. Bad Boy Racing, et al’s Taste Like Candy
, who earned her diploma Oct. 26, will be handled by leading jockey Rafael Bejarano for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, while Bob Baffert, who has won the Starlet twice, will send out Global Hottie
, a debut winner Nov. 17 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.