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Breeders' Cup 2017

Turbulent Descent Tops Hollywood Starlet

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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 Mar.

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 Fillies.

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 Saturday.

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 $140,519.

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 turns.

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 $52,800.

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.





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