Photo: Hollywood Park
Turbulent Descent, probable favorite for the $250,000
Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies Saturday, worked five furlongs in
1:00.80 Sunday under jockey David Flores to the satisfaction of trainer Mike
“Perfect; she’s ready to go,” said Puype of the
unbeaten filly, who scored her second effortless win in the seven-furlong
Moccasin Stakes November 21.
“I’m not even worried about two turns, not with her,”
said Puype of the Grade I Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track for the
Florida-bred daughter of Congrats. “She’s so relaxed and tactical, she does
everything like a distance horse. And she likes to win.”
Two other Starlet candidates also worked. May Day
Rose, winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80
under Rafael Bejarano for trainer Bob Baffert. Big Tiz, third-place finisher in
the Sharp Cat for trainer Mark Glatt, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.80 under
Other probable starters include Darley Debutante
winner Tell a Kelly (Joel Rosario), Sharp Cat runner-up True Way Grace and
newcomers Nina Fever (Garrett Gomez) and Luna Grande (Victor Espinoza).
Luna Grande was scheduled to arrive here later Sunday
in the Kristin Mulhall barn from Calder after being purchased privately for
owner Jim Hess of Chester Springs,
“We finished the deal Friday,” said Mulhall of the
Florida-bred filly, who comes off a come-from-behind 5 ¾-length victory in a 5
½-furlong allowance race on November 20. The daughter of Mass Media has
recorded two firsts and three seconds in eight starts.
Nina Fever has worked three times here for trainer
Wesley Ward since joining the Blake Heap stable from Kentucky. The front-running Kentucky-bred
daughter of Borrego has won five of eight starts, including three of four on
synthetic. She finished second in her last outing, beaten a head in the
seven-furlong Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine on November 14.