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Breeders' Cup 2017

Turbulent Descent Works for Starlet

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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 Puype.


“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 Alonso Quinonez.


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, Pa.


“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.

 

 

 

 

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