Starlet Tops Hollywood Weekend

Trainer Ken McPeek will go for his second straight Hollywood Starlet (G1) tally when he saddles Rosalind in this week’s feature at Hollywood Park. The juvenile lass was last seen finishing a troubled and fast-closing third in the Juvenile fillies (G1) and could thrive on this oval trying to emulate Pure Fun from a year ago. The Grade 1-placed filly will once again be paired with Joel Rosario for her Cushion Track bow.

Untapable was live in the betting but didn’t fire in the Juvenile Fillies, but she is surely a bounce back candidate for conditioner Steve Asmussen. The Pocahontas (G2) queen has speed and is bred to run at least this far, and we wouldn’t take her lightly in her synthetic debut. Bajan romped home in the Moccasin S. last month and will be a big presence if she handles the two turns. The Simon Callaghan-trained daughter of Speightstown could be the value of the field. Sharp Cat S. romper Arethusa and maiden winners Tastes Like Candy and Global Hottie, are also likely for this lucrative affair.

Saturday’s undercard is led by the $150,000 Bayakoa H. (G2), for fillies and mares on the main oval. A well-matched field is likely, including Grade 1-placed stakes winner Charm the Maker, Yellow Ribbon (G2) runner-up Appealing, Charlie Em, a solid third in the Autumn Miss S. (G3) on the turf last time, dominant recent allowance vixen Rock and Glory, Cat’s Cardle S. heroine Warren’s Veneda and Magic Union, a smart allowance winner two back at Del Mar.

Field for the 2013 $500,000 G1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes

PP Horse A/S M/E Wgt Jockey Trainer
1 Concave 2 F L 120 Gutierrez Mario O'Neill Doug F.
2 Taste Like Candy 2 F L 120 Bejarano Rafael Hollendorfer Jerry
3 Be Proud 2 F L o 120 Maldonado Edwin A. Baffert Bob
4 Bajan 2 F L 120 Espinoza Victor Callaghan Simon
5 Untapable 2 F   120 Talamo Joseph Asmussen Steven M.
6 Arethusa 2 F   120 Nakatani Corey S. Harty Eoin G.
7 Streaming 2 F L 120 Garcia Martin Baffert Bob
8 Rosalind 2 F   120 Rosario Joel McPeek Kenneth G.

Hollywood Starlett Stakes Information

Date: Saturday, December 7
Where: Hollywood Park, CA
Distance: 1 1/16 Mile Synthetic
Purse: $500,000

Hollywood Park Racetrack Information

Main track (Cushion): 1 1/8-mile oval with a 7 1/2-furlong chute
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 991 feet
Width of stretch: 92 feet
Banking on turns: 6%
Composition: Cushion Track

Turf track: 1 mile, 165 foot oval with diagonal chute
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 feet
Width of stretch: 64 feet
Banking on turns: 6%