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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
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
“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
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
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.
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