Photo: Hollywood Park
Extremely impressive in the first
two races of her career, Turbulent Descent will try something new in the
$300,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade I at 1 1/16 miles over
Cushion Track, the Starlet attracted seven other 2-year-old fillies. It is the
ninth of ten races. Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m.
Owned by a partnership that
includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike Puype,
Turbulent Descent defeated maidens in her Oct. 3 debut during the Oak
Tree/Hollywood Park meet.
Returned seven weeks later, the
Congrats filly out of the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue won the Moccasin Stakes
Nov. 21. She prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths under a hand ride when the 7-10 favorite.
With earnings of $82,800,
Turbulent Descent will be making her initial appearance beyond seven furlongs.
If successful, the Florida
bred will become the first Moccasin winner to capture the Starlet, which will
be run for the 30th time Saturday.
David Flores has a return call on
Turbulent Descent. The jockey won this race in 2006 aboard Romance Is Diane.
May Day Rose and Big Tiz are the
only members of the field with a win at the Starlet distance.
Trained by Bob Baffert for Kaleem
Shah, May Day Rose led throughout to take the Sharp Cat Stakes by 4 ¼ lengths
Nov. 7. The stretch to 1 1/16 miles came in her first start since a Sept. 4
maiden victory at Del
A daughter of Rockport Harbor
and the Pine Bluff
mare May Day Bluff, May Day Rose has won two of three, banking $100,000. A win
would be the third in the race for Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer has won
previously with Excellent Meeting (1998) and Habibti (2001).
Third as the favorite in the Sharp
Cat, Big Tiz earned her win at 8 ½ furlongs Oct. 10. The Tiznow filly out of
the Carson City mare Squall City
won by a head versus maidens for owners Allen and Susan Branch and Cory Wagner.
Big Tiz, who is trained by Mark
Glatt, has one win in five starts with earnings of $47,860.
Tell a Kelly, who was dominant in
the Darley Debutante Sept. 4 at Del
Mar, will try to rebound after a subpar try in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and
trained by John Sadler, Tell a Kelly finished seventh Nov. 5 at Churchill
Downs, 13 lengths behind winner Awesome Feather.
The loss was the second in as many
tries at 1 1/16 miles for Tell a Kelly, who is by Tapit and out of the Tabasco
Cat mare Evrobi. She had finished second as the 1-2 favorite in the Oak Leaf
Stakes Oct. 3.
A winner twice in five starts,
Tell a Kelly has banked $221,000.
Nina Fever and Luna Grande will
both be making their first start in California
Owned by Gatewood Bell and trainer
Wesley Ward, Nina Fever is a daughter of Borrego and the Major Impact mare
Major Now. Well traveled, Nina Fever has won five of eight while earning
The Kentucky bred has raced at six different
tracks, winning at four. Her victories have come at Keeneland,
Kentucky Downs, Monmouth Park
and Woodbine. She has finished fifth in two appearances in graded races – the
Kentucky Juvenile at Churchill Downs April 30 and the Adirondack Aug. 15 at Saratoga – and has yet to
run past seven furlongs.
A daughter of Mass Media and the
Fortunate Prospect mare Dream Lady Dream, Luna Grande has won two of eight, all
at Calder. She has earned $64,326 for owner Mauricio Fuentes and trainer Herman
Wilensky. She has finished sixth and second in a pair of races around two
Second in the Sharp Cat, True Way of Grace
has one win in five tries for owners Peter O. and Ellen Johnson and trainer
Alexis Barba. The Yes It’s True filly out of the Giant’s
Causeway mare Evil’s Causeway has a bankroll of $82,440.
Completing the lineup is Zazu, who
finished second in the Moccasin in her last start. She has a win and two
runner-up tries in three races for Sadler and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.
The daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line has earnings of
From inside out, the field for the
Hollywood Starlet: True Way of Grace, Paul Atkinson rides, 120 pounds; Nina
Fever, Garrett Gomez, 120; May Day Rose, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Luna Grande,
Victor Espinoza, 120; Turbulent Descent, David Flores, 120; Big Tiz, Patrick
Valenzuela, 120; , Zazu, Mike Smith, 120; Tell a Kelly, Joel Rosario, 120.