First Look: Ky. Oaks prep at Los Alamitos leads weekend stakes

First Look: Ky. Oaks prep at Los Alamitos leads weekend stakes
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Some weeks have so many graded stakes on the schedule that First Look is longer than Santa’s naughty-and-nice list.

Other weeks are like this one, with only one graded stakes on the calendar. That’s the Grade 1 Starlet at Los Alamitos, which offers 10-4-3-2-1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) points to the top five finishers.

So we’re digging a little deeper, with an early look at the Starlet and other races of interest this weekend, including stakes on Gulfstream Park’s new turf course.

Friday

Advent (listed), Oaklawn Park, 5 1/2 furlongs, 2-year-olds

Tyler’s Tribe caused a stir when he started his career with five wins at Prairie Meadows before bleeding and being eased in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf. Trainer Tim Martin said he wants to run Tyler’s Tribe with Lasix, which is not allowed in the Breeders’ Cup or in Kentucky Derby points preps. Frosted Departure is 2-for-7 and winless in three straight stakes starts. How Did He Do That is coming off a 2 1/2-length win in the Zia Park Juvenile at six furlongs.

2022 Advent LS

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status
Horse Silk Wild Mule Wild Mule
Army Mule
4.45 Jerry Hollendorfer
Angel A. Rodriguez
3rd, Del AlwOC (11/5/22-R7)
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
3rd, Del AlwOC (11/5/22-R7)
2022 Advent LS
Horse Silk Tyler's Tribe Tyler's Tribe
Sharp Azteca
7.32 Timothy E. Martin
Kylee Jordan
12th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint G1 Entered
Last Race 12th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint G1
Horse Silk Too Much Info Too Much Info
Maclean's Music
4.45 Robertino Diodoro
Cristian A. Torres
1st, ElP MSW (8/26/22-R5)
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, ElP MSW (8/26/22-R5)
2022 Advent LS
Horse Silk How Did He Do That How Did He Do That
Good Magic
3.45 Steven M. Asmussen
Isaac Castillo
1st, 2022 Zia Park Juvenile LS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Zia Park Juvenile LS
Horse Silk Happy Is A Choice Happy Is A Choice
Runhappy
4.45 John A. Ortiz
David Cabrera
1st, Kee MSW (10/23/22-R6)
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Kee MSW (10/23/22-R6)
2022 Advent LS
Horse Silk Frosted Departure Frosted Departure
Frosted
4.67 Kenneth G. McPeek
Francisco Arrieta
3rd, 2022 Ed Brown LS Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Ed Brown LS
Horse Silk Count De Monet Count De Monet
Speightster
0.00 Thomas Swearingen
Santo Sanjur
1st, IND Allow (9/29/22-R4)
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, IND Allow (9/29/22-R4)
2022 Advent LS
Horse Silk C J's Storm C J's Storm
Storm's Eye
0.00 John Haran
Nik Juarez
1st, IND MSW (11/8/22-R3)
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, IND MSW (11/8/22-R3)
2022 Advent LS
Horse Silk Alto Road Alto Road
Army Mule
0.00 Ronnie Cravens III
Luis S. Quinonez
8th, 2022 Clever Trevor LS
2022 Advent LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
8th, 2022 Clever Trevor LS
2022 Advent LS

Saturday

Starlet (G1), Los Alamitos, 1 1/16 miles, 2-year-old fillies

More than 50 horses were nominated for this Kentucky Oaks points prep, but only two probables could be confirmed Sunday afternoon. Faiza has raced once, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight at Del Mar by 3 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite. Doinitthehardway has a record of 3: 0-2-1, and she pulled away with the winner in her last start but couldn’t catch up and lost by a length at one mile.

2022 Starlet G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status
Horse Silk Faiza Faiza
Girvin
0.00 Bob Baffert 1st, Dmr MSW (11/12/22-R4)
2022 Starlet G1
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Dmr MSW (11/12/22-R4)
2022 Starlet G1
Horse Silk Doinitthehardway Doinitthehardway
Street Sense
5 Bob Baffert 2nd, Dmr MSW (11/25/22-R2)
2022 Starlet G1
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
2nd, Dmr MSW (11/25/22-R2)
2022 Starlet G1

Pulpit (listed), Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 furlongs (turf), 2-year-olds

Congruent switches to turf after compiling a 5: 2-0-1 record, all on dirt, including an eight-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Todd Pletcher has two here: Sendero, who broke his maiden on second try in a black-type stakes at Colonial Downs then finished fifth in the listed Awad in the Belmont at the Big A meet, and Ari Gold, who broke his maiden on third try at 1 1/16 miles last out at Aqueduct. Lights of Broadway is 2-for-3, all on the Gulfstream synthetic track. Happy Is a Choice broke his maiden last out on third try with a five-length win at Keeneland.

2022 Pulpit LS

Wait a While (listed), Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 furlongs (turf), 2-year-old fillies

Born Dapper broke her maiden on fourth try, all on turf, and then won the black-type Selima Stakes on dirt at Laurel Park last out. Malleymoo won her only start, in Ireland, before joining Jack Sisterson’s stable. Junipermarshmallow rallied to win her only start, a 1 1/16-mile turf route at Keeneland. Personal Pursuit tried the Matron Stakes (G3) after breaking her maiden. She was bumped hard at the start, according to the Equibase chart, but recovered and improved her position to finish fifth.

2022 Wait a While LS

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status
Horse Silk Vai Bella Vai Bella
Practical Joke
0.00 Antonio Sano
Edgard J. Zayas
1st, GP MSW (11/25/22-R6)
2022 Wait a While LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, GP MSW (11/25/22-R6)
2022 Wait a While LS
Horse Silk Stephanie's Charm Stephanie's Charm
Distorted Humor
4 Jose M. Jimenez
Junior Alvarado
10th, 2022 Jessamine G2 Entered
Last Race 10th, 2022 Jessamine G2
Horse Silk Personal Pursuit Personal Pursuit
Tapit
5 Mark E. Casse
Tyler Gaffalione
5th, 2022 Matron G3 Entered
Last Race 5th, 2022 Matron G3
Horse Silk Malleymoo Malleymoo
English Channel
0.00 Jack Sisterson
Julien R. Leparoux

2022 Wait a While LS
Entered
Next Race
2022 Wait a While LS
Horse Silk Lady Azteca Lady Azteca
Sharp Azteca
4 Bernardo G. Lopez
Hector I. Berrios
3rd, 2022 Selima Stakes LS Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Selima Stakes LS
Horse Silk Junipermarshmallow Junipermarshmallow
Quality Road
0.00 Todd A. Pletcher
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
1st, Kee MSW (10/16/22-R9) Entered
Last Race 1st, Kee MSW (10/16/22-R9)
Horse Silk Isabel Alexandra Isabel Alexandra
Expert Eye
0.00 Gustavo Delgado
Jose L. Ortiz
2nd, Kee Allow (10/28/22-R5) Entered
Last Race 2nd, Kee Allow (10/28/22-R5)
Horse Silk Heavens Express Heavens Express
Constitution
0.00 Christopher Duncan
Sonny Leon
1st, GP MSW (11/4/22-R6)
2022 Wait a While LS
Entered
Last Race
Next Race
1st, GP MSW (11/4/22-R6)
2022 Wait a While LS
Horse Silk Delight Delight
Mendelssohn
4 Jonathan Thomas
Luis Saez
10th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G1 Entered
Last Race 10th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G1
Horse Silk Born Dapper Born Dapper
Union Rags
5 Jonathan Thomas
Paco Lopez
1st, 2022 Selima Stakes LS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Selima Stakes LS
Horse Silk Bel Pensiero Bel Pensiero
Army Mule
4 Anthony R. Margotta Jr.
Edwin Gonzalez
7th, 2022 Presque Isle Debutante LS Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Presque Isle Debutante LS

Garland of Roses (listed), Aqueduct, 6 furlongs, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Disco Ebo has won two in a row for her only victories in six starts this year. In her last race she won the Youngstown Oaks by 1 1/2 lengths. Hot Peppers has tried graded stakes her last three starts, with a win in the Victory Rid (G3) followed by a runner-up effort in the Test (G1) and a fourth in the Prioress (G2) last out. Smash Ticket is 3-for-4 this year but finished sixth in the Raven Run (G2) last out.

2022 Garland of Roses LS

Louisiana Champions Day Classic (restricted), Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 miles, 3-year-olds and up

Five of the top seven finishers in the black-type Scott’s Scoundrel on Nov. 19 are entered here, including winner Who Took the Money, winner of five of his last six starts. Touchuponastar has a record of 5: 3-1-1 this year, his first in competition, and tries for his first stakes win.

2022 LA Champions Day Classic RS

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