Kentucky Oaks 2023 trail: Starlet Stakes odds, picks, preview

Kentucky Oaks 2023 trail: Starlet Stakes odds, picks, preview
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Trainer Bob Baffert will try to score a sixth straight win Saturday in one of the last Grade 1 races of the 2022 season.

Baffert’s Faiza is the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the Grade 1, $300,000 Starlet Stakes. Post time from Los Alamitos is 7:30 p.m. EST, with FanDuel TV showing the 1 1/16-mile stakes for two-year-old fillies.

Click here for Los Alamitos entries and results.

The Hall of Fame trainer Baffert has won this race eight times. Three of those wins came at the former Hollywood Park and the last five have come at Los Al, all since 2017.

Saturday’s Starlet is a points-paying stop on the 2023 Kentucky Oaks trail, awarding points on a 10-4-3-2-1 scale. Baffert’s three entries – Faiza, Doinitthehardway (7-2), and Fast and Shiny (15-1) are all ineligible for those Oaks points due to Baffert’s two-year suspension from Churchill Downs properties.

Owner Michael Lund Petersen campaigns Faiza, a $725,000 auction purchase in May. She debuted Nov. 12 at Del Mar and won by 3 1/2 lengths racing at six furlongs.

Faiza adds 2 1/2 furlongs worth of distance Saturday and steps all the way up to Grade 1 flight for her second act. Jockey Flavien Prat stays aboard the Girvin filly.

Doinitthehardway (7-2) will be living up to her name if she breaks her maiden in a Grade 1 race. She is 0-for-3 in her career, including a runner-up effort Nov. 25 at Del Mar in maiden flight.

Uncontrollable (4-1) has faced stakes company twice in her career and was runner-up to And Tell Me Nolies on Oct. 8 at Santa Anita in the Chandelier Stakes (G2) for trainer Michael McCarthy.

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Here is a look at the field for the 2022 Starlet Stakes (trainer and jockey in parentheses) with morning-line odds:

1. Doinitthehardway (Bob Baffert, Ramon Vazquez), 7-2

2. Classymademoiselle (Jorge Periban, Tiago Pereira), 30-1

3. Faiza (Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat), 7-5

4. Fast and Shiny (Bob Baffert, Abel Cedillo), 15-1

5. Uncontrollable (Michael McCarthy, Mike Smith), 4-1

6. Pride of the Nile (Leandro Mora, Juan Hernandez), 9-2

7. Blessed Touch (Tim Yakteen, Drayden Van Dyke), 5-1

TimeformUS pace projections show favorite Faiza showing the way early under Prat.

Road to the Kentucky Oaks top 10

1. Wonder Wheel, 40 points

2. Leave No Trace, 15

3. Raging Sea, 11

4. Hoosier Philly, 10

5. And Tell Me Nolies, 10

6. Chocolate Gelato, 10

7. Fun and Feisty, 10

8. Julia Shining, 10

9. Sabra Tuff, 7

10. You’re My Girl, 7

Other Saturday stakes

Here is a look at other stakes races of note taking place Saturday across the U.S. All post times are EST.

3:40 p.m. – $120,000 Garland of Roses Stakes, 3-and-up fillies and mares, six furlongs, Aqueduct, FS2

Smash Ticket (2-1) faces older runners for trainer Rob Atras after finishing sixth against fellow sophomores Oct. 22 at Keeneland in the Raven Run Stakes (G2). Jockey Kendrick Carmouche will climb aboard the 3-year-old Midnight Lute filly. Linda Rice trains Betsy Blue (5-2), an allowance winner who wheels back off a third-place showing last Saturday in the local Go for Wand Stakes (G3) at one mile. Beguine (3-1) looks for a first stakes win for trainer Edward Allard after a runner-up effort Nov. 13 in an Aqueduct allowance race.

4:18 p.m. – $150,000 Ring the Bell Stakes, 3-and-up, six furlongs, Oaklawn Park, FanDuel TV

Kavod (2-1) returns to Oaklawn Park, where he took on the 2022 Kentucky Derby trail last winter and spring for trainer Chris Hartman. Francisco Arrieta gets the call on the 3-year-old Lea colt, fourth-place runner Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs in the Bet on Sunshine Stakes. Steve Asmussen trains Chattalot (5-2), third-place finisher Nov. 24 at Fair Grounds in the Thanksgiving Classic Stakes. Multiple stakes winner Flash of Mischief (7-2) drops in class for trainer Karl Broberg after finishing ninth of 11 on Nov. 5 at Keeneland in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Related: Flatter Pod: Horse ownership + tips for Oaklawn, Los Al

5:14 p.m. ­– $150,000 Mistletoe Stakes, 3-and-up fillies and mares, one mile, Oaklawn Park, FanDuel TV

Le Da Vida (8-5) is 2-for-2 on North American soil for trainer Ignacio Correas IV and closed from last of seven to win her last start, an Oct. 29 allowance race at Keeneland. Jockey Vincent Cheminaud will be up on the 5-year-old Gemologist mare. Brad Cox trains Coach (2-1), an Oaklawn stakes heroine who finished fourth Nov. 19 in Churchill’s Chilukki Stakes (G3). Ice Orchid (5-1) was runner-up in the Chilukki for trainer John Ortiz.

Related: Le Da Vida, Coach, Will's Secret lead Mistletoe at Oaklawn

5:59 p.m. – $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes, 3-and-up, La.-bred, 1 1/8 miles, Fair Grounds, FanDuel TV

Who Took the Money (4-5) brings a 9-for-13 record into this event for trainer Bret Calhoun, including a local Scott’s Scoundrel Stakes score Nov. 19. Jockey Deshawn Parker will ride the 4-year-old Street Boss gelding. Jose Camejo trains Behemah Star (9-2), a Fair Grounds stakes winner who was runner-up in the Scott’s Scoundrel. Another Calhoun entry, Highland Creek (6-1), also exits the Scott’s Scoundrel, in which he finished third.

Related: How to bet Louisiana Champions stakes at Fair Grounds

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