Turbulent Descent remained undefeated and made a little history with her
victory in the $412,250 Hollywood Starlet Saturday at Hollywood Park.
the first 2-year-old filly to win both the Moccasin Stakes and the Starlet, the
daughter of Congrats had no trouble handling two turns in her first venture
beyond seven furlongs.
placed by jockey David Flores, Turbulent Descent saved ground in fourth while
Nina Fever and May Day Rose argued the pace, swung out for room at the head of
the stretch and inched clear with about an eighth of a mile to run in the Grade
the finish, Turbulent Descent had 1 ¼ lengths on 37-1 shot Big Tiz. The fifth Florida bred winner of
the Starlet ran the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:44.18. Owned by a partnership
that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike
Puype, Turbulent Descent is 3-for-3 with earnings of $328,350.
Flores his second Starlet win in five years –
he clicked with Romance Is Diane in 2006 – Turbulent Descent paid $4.20, $3.20
as 8-5 favorite in the Sharp Cat Stakes Nov. 7, Big Tiz finished 1 ¼ lengths in
front of 2-1 second choice Tell a Kelly.
for the first time by Patrick Valenzuela, Big Tiz returned $17.60 and $5.40.
The show price on Tell a Kelly was $2.60.
Day Rose, who was trying to give trainer Bob Baffert his third victory in the
Starlet, wound up three-quarters of a length behind Tell a Kelly. Zazu, True Way of Grace,
Nina Fever and Luna Grande completed the order of finish.
unraced maiden a little more than two months ago, Turbulent Descent, who is out
of the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue, has been a quick developer. Prior to her win
in the seven-furlong Moccasin Nov. 21, she broke into the game with a handy
score against maidens Oct. 3 during the inaugural Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet.
wasn’t going to take any chances and I would have hit her, but it was not
needed,’’ said Flores. “I just hand rode her
all the way out. I just showed her the whip. It was a little more like a test
today, but she won just the same. I am a little excited and a little relieved.
excited because I can tell what kind of a horse she is. The relief is she
handled the two turns well. She was relaxed and was just great.’’
said Turbulent Descent, who was purchased for $160,000 at a 2-year-old sale in
April in her home state, would be given a couple of months off before making
her 2011 debut.
was never worried about this race,’’ said Puype. “I never thought for a second
she wouldn’t handle two turns. She’s just a real good filly and she’s got a
great, promising future ahead of her.
won just as easily as she did the other two times. No question about it. She’s
very impressive. It was another perfect ride. David’s done real well with
in the day, Cost of Freedom set a Cushion Track record, rolling to an easy
victory in the $71,706 Miles Tyson Stakes.
his third in a row over the Hollywood
Park main track, the
7-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding broke alertly under jockey Joe Talamo and was
4 ¼ length score was the 11th in 21 starts for the California bred, who is owned by Gary and
Cecil Barber and trained by John Sadler.
of the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance, Cost of Freedom has earned $857,983.
He ran the five furlongs in 56.14 seconds, eclipsing the former record of 56.68
set by the 2-year-old filly Necessary Evil May 31, 2009.
of Freedom, who has won five of nine over Cushion Track, paid $2.80 and $2.10
as the 2-5 favorite. There was no show wagering. Quick Enough paid $2.40.
Square Deal and El Scorpio completed the order of finish. Lt. Hopeful and
Bamaha Breeze were scratched.
was unbelievable,’’ said Talamo. “I thought he’d win, but not like that. He
broke great today. It seems one race he does and another he doesn’t. As long as
he keeps winning, it doesn’t matter.
seems every spot they pick is a winning one. I’ve been on a couple of horses
who set track records, but not that easy.’’
indicated Cost of Freedom will make his next start in either the $150,000 Palos
Verdes Stakes Jan. 22 or the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 29. Both
races will be run at six furlongs over the new dirt surface at Santa Anita.
race was named in honor of a son of Miles Standish and the Radiotherapy mare
X-Factor. Trained by Frank Childs for owners P.L. and C.T. Grissom, Miles Tyson
won both the Premiere – now the Shoemaker Mile – and Lakes and Flowers – now
the Triple Bend – Handicaps in 1972 at Hollywood Park.
Additionally that year, the Kentucky
bred was second in the Hollywood Express and third in the Californian, Meteor
and Los Angeles Handicaps.
race before the Miles Tyson, trainer Mel Stute picked up the 2,000th
victory of his career when 25-1 shot Score for Fun went gate-to-wire at 25-1
while defeating six other 2-year-old maiden claimers.
by Edwin Maldonado-Alicea, who also won the eighth with 11-1 outsider Detroit
Donnie, Score For Fun prevailed by 5 ¾ lengths. The Score Quick gelding is
owned and was bred by Stute’s wife Annabelle.
native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stute, 83, saddled his first winner
(Egg Nog) in 1947 at Portland Meadows. He won the Jersey Derby, Preakness and
Santa Anita Derby with Snow Chief in 1986. He also owns two Breeders’ Cup
victories – Brave Raj (1986 Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita) and Very Subtle
(1987 Sprint at Hollywood
Park. Both Snow Chief and
Brave Raj won Eclipse Awards in 1986. Snow Chief was champion 3-year-old and
Brave Raj was champion 2-year-old filly.