07/11/2013 2:40PM

Hollywood Park: She’s a Tiger heads Landaluce Stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
On the Backstreets ran second as the even-money favorite in the Cinderella Stakes.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – She’s a Tiger won her debut by nine lengths at the Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton on June 22. It was not a surprise. She’s a Tiger overwhelmed three rivals at odds of 1-5.

“You don’t get too many like her,” trainer Jeff Bonde said.

A half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Smiling Tiger, She’s a Tiger makes her stakes debut in the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday. She may not be 1-5 in the Landaluce, but she will be favored to win the six-furlong race.

“She ran a very good race the first time out at Pleasanton,” Bonde said. “She’s a pretty smart horse, lot of scope to her, and a lot of talent.”

The Landaluce Stakes is the second race on a 10-race program. Saturday’s fourth race is the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at six furlongs.

She’s a Tiger is part of a field of seven. Purchased for $150,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, She’s a Tiger led throughout her maiden race win. Bonde expects the same tactics in the Landaluce.

“I expect her to come like a Roman candle,” Bonde said. “She hasn’t shown any signs of weakness yet.”

She’s a Tiger faces the second- and fourth-place finishes – Pleasant Miss and On the Backstreets – of the Cinderella Stakes here on June 15. On the Backstreets was the even-money favorite and fought for the early lead before fading to finish a well-beaten fourth.

Trainer Peter Miller said that On the Backstreets had breathing difficulties in that race and has subsequently undergone a minor procedure to correct that.

The Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship does not have a standout runner among the seven colts in the field. Willie B Awesome and Solid Wager, second and third, respectively, in the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes on June 15, are the only runners with stakes experience. The field has four maidens, including three first-time starters.

Without a strong list of rivals, trainer Walther Solis entered Willie B Awesome, choosing the Hollywood Juvenile over the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar on July 31.

“I can’t believe how the race came up,” Solis said. “I was thinking of waiting for the Graduation, but this race is worth $150,000.”

Willie B Awesome, a full brother to Willa B Awesome, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in 2012, beat maidens in his second start on May 24. In the Proctor, he led by 2 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole but was beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Kobe’s Back, who flew through the stretch after a poor start to win impressively.

Kobe’s Back was held out of the Hollywood Juvenile in favor of the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 4.

Wille B Awesome starts from post 6, which Solis said will help the colt’s closing style.

“The post we have is perfect,” Solis said. “This is a horse that needs to make one run.”

Aside from Solid Wager, who beat maidens in a $50,000 claimer on June 7, there is one other winner in the field, Alpine Luck. Trained by Mike Harrington, Alpine Luck, a California-bred by Lucky J. H., led throughout a five-furlong maiden race on June 22 in his third start.

“He’s bred to go longer, and he looks like a horse that will go longer,” Harrington said.