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Breeders' Cup 2017

Pure Fun Collars Blonde Fog in Hollywood Starlet

Supplemented late at a total cost of $20,000, Pure Fun became a Grade I winner Saturday, rallying strongly in the final quarter of a mile to take the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Trained by Ken McPeek for his family’s Magdalena Racing, Pure Fun, a 2-year-old daughter of Pure Prize and the Key to the Mint mare Chelsea Green, was behind all seven of her opponents approaching the stretch.

Racing in the clear under jockey Garrett Gomez, the chestnut, who was making her first start outside Kentucky and first over a synthetic surface, quickly made up much ground, ultimately collaring pacesetter Blonde Fog with about a sixteenth of a mile to go.

The one length win was the second in a row and third in eight starts for Pure Fun, who completed the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:44.65. She’s earned $343,599.

McPeek’s decision to supplement was made after Pure Fun’s 9 ¼ length victory in an optional claimer Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. In her only previous appearance in a graded event before Saturday, Pure Fun, who began her career in a $50,000 maiden claimer in June, finished seventh in the Grade III Jessamine Oct. 11 over the turf at Keeneland.

Among those who were no match for the winner Saturday was 2-5 favorite Executiveprivilege. The double Grade I winner finished fourth – beaten 5 ½ lengths – without a visible excuse for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also saddled 5-1 second choice Blonde Fog.

In her initial collaboration with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Executiveprivilege, who was making her first start in blinkers, was well positioned inside on the backstretch, moved into second outside Blonde Fog after six furlongs, but failed to sustain her bid.

There was plenty of thought that another Grade I victory for the daughter of First Samurai would have greatly enhanced her case for an Eclipse Award as the champion 2-year-old filly, despite her loss to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2.

The first off the board finish of Executiveprivilege’s career triggered inflated show prices. Of the $162,560 in the show pool, $123,574 was bet on the Kentucky bred.

“Extremely disappointed,’’ said Smith. “I had a beautiful trip, but she got her head way up and did not menace. I just hope everything is OK with her after the race.’’

Providing Gomez with his first Starlet win, Pure Fun paid $14.40, $6 and $10.60. Blonde Fog, who was stepping into a Grade I after a 12 ½ length maiden victory in her Oct.28 debut at Santa Anita, returned $6 and $9.40. The show price on Scarlet Strike, who was nearly 20-1, was $19. She finished two lengths behind Blonde Fog.

“She jumped away well, but I was a little bit concerned because she was not traveling her best around the first turn,’’ said Gomez. “About halfway down the backside, she started figuring it out and when I wheeled her out she was really accelerating. She took off and was very impressive.’’

Matt Shirer, McPeek’s assistant, indicated Pure Fun will remain in California for about a week before returning to Kentucky. He added the primary target in 2013 is the Grade I Kentucky Oaks in May at Churchill Downs.

“She was a little further back than I thought she was going to be,’’ said Shirer. “It was the same kind of thing in (her Nov. 24 win) – around the quarter pole she came flying.’’

Sharp Cat winner Midnight Ballet finished fifth and she was followed by Renee’s Titan, Miss Empire and Rhodium.



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Older Comments about Pure Fun Collars Blonde Fog in Hollywood Starlet ...

sure it's real easy to provide stats and so forth after the race is run, where was all this so called important info that is being written about now that the race was run, I think we call that handicapping after the race is run. As we all know this info was not said before the race because the sire winner was Excecutiveprivledge. Whatever with yor aftef race is run analysis
Some additional points about Pure Fun: Including her debut, Pure Fun has started eight times, taking 4 tries to graduate. Since her first start on 6/24, she has run with the following days between races: 19, 29, 35, 26, 9, 35, 14! She has run without Lasix, and not having to worry about 30 days recovery time between races likely made it possible to concentrate on the best races for her continuing education. She now has won on 3 surfaces! She has run at 6 different tracks, with 5 in her home state, and one cross country! She is definitlely a filly to watch for 2013.
  • annmatt · P.S. Pure Fun was the highweight in her allowance on 11/24, carrying 122 to her opponents' 118 lbs. · 1778 days ago
winner looked much the best but turf sprinting does not tell one much about a baby
  • annmatt · Vic, note that she has now won on three different surfaces, at 6 different tracks (1 outside KY). Her two most impressive wins, one at CD on dirt at a mile, and the Starlet at 1 1/16 mi are hardly sprinting. Other than her debut in June at 5f, she has not run at less than a mile. With 8 starts and how she has progressed, we know more about her than any other 2 yr old you can name! · 1778 days ago
Blond Fog might turn out to be Bafferts best 3 year old, although I hope Executiveprivilege comes back strong next year. This race was going to settle who is the 2 year old filly champion, I expect Beholder to win pretty convincingly now.
She may not be all we want, but she is as close as we can get with her 5 wins, place and 4th. She is the Eclipse until someone else comes up
Why should Executiveprivilege be penalized for that stunt of her trainer? Besides, that math doesn't work out for me. She should still take the Eclipse.
Pure Fun with a big run to become a Starlet, but how about the performance of 2nd-timer, Blonde Fog? ... And Beholder might have been the biggest winner of all, as the 2012 Juvenile Filly Champion.
She has won on all 3 surfaces, looks to be better on dirt and synth surfaces.
In her last race Pure Fun was a 9 length winner at Churchill Downs in an allowance on the dirt, she was coming off of 2 weeks of rest and also races without Lasix.
88 BSF for Pure Fan.
Disappointing performance by Executiveprivilege.
Awesome performance. Haven't seen a 2YO do that kind of last to first move since Arazi!!

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