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Hollywood Park notes: Executiveprivilege to face small field in Starlet
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Executiveprivilege will face a small field when she attempts to win the fifth stakes of her career in the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Betfair Hollywood Park next Saturday.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Executiveprivilege is expected to be a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2012. She lost a chance to clinch the award when second to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
Beholder is not starting in the Grade 1 Starlet. She is being pointed to the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Jan. 21.
Without Beholder in the race, Executiveprivilege will be a short-priced favorite in the Starlet. The other expected starters are Midnight Ballet, Renee’s Titan, and Scarlet Strike, the first three finishers in the Sharp Cat Stakes here Nov. 11, and the Baffert-trained Blonde Fog, winner of a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles by 12 1/2 lengths in her career debut Oct. 28.
Executiveprivilege will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith in the Starlet. He replaces Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard Executiveprivilege in her first six starts, including wins in the Landaluce Stakes, Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes, Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, and Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes.
In the BC Juvenile Fillies, Executiveprivilege finished a length behind Beholder as the 3-2 favorite.
The Starlet is the most lucrative of three stakes next weekend.
The $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles is expected to include Amani, an eight-time stakes winner in Chile who is winless in three stakes in this country; Lady of Fifty, winner of the Palm Springs Handicap at Santa Anita in November; and Willa B Awesome, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March.
The main race Dec. 9 is the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies over seven furlongs. Tilde, winner of three stakes for statebred fillies this year, makes her first start since a sixth in the Sharp Cat Stakes.
My Miss Aurelia back in training
My Miss Aurelia, who won the 2011 BC Juvenile Fillies and suffered her first loss when second in the BC Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 2, is back in training for an expected start in the early weeks of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.
Trained by Steve Asmussen for Stonestreet Stable, My Miss Aurelia has won 6 of 7 starts and $2,386,000. In the BC Ladies’ Classic, My Miss Aurelia finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Royal Delta, who led throughout.
My Miss Aurelia remained at Santa Anita and last Monday worked a half-mile in 50.80 seconds, her first workout since the Breeders’ Cup.
Options for My Miss Aurelia include the $300,000 La Brea Stakes, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs Dec. 26, the opening day of the meeting; or the $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 20.
My Miss Aurelia has won five stakes in her career.
Pick six pays $489K for one ticket
There was one winning ticket, worth $489,908, in Thursday’s pick six. Track officials said the winning ticket was purchased in Nevada.
Thursday’s pool began with a carryover of $105,448 from Sunday. Bettors added $719,660 Thursday. The winners of the pick-six races were Cayambe ($11), Katy’s Kitty ($7.20), Flashy Delight ($22.20), The Brain ($4.80), Candrea ($23.60), and She’s a Go Girl ($18.60). The Brain was the only winning favorite.
Hollywood-Los Alamitos double
A $2 daily double bet linking the last race at Hollywood Park with the first race at Los Alamitos will be offered for the second time Sunday.
The bet debuted last weekend and had a pool of $40,054. The winners were favored Miss American Pie ($5) at Hollywood and Smokin Motion ($9.40) at Los Alamitos. The bet returned $17.80.
This week, the bet links a maiden claimer for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs with a $5,000 claimer over 4 1/2 furlongs at Los Alamitos. The Hollywood race drew 15 entrants and will have 14 starters. Seven are entered at Los Alamitos.
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