12/07/2015 12:58PM

Pretty N Cool will try to raise her game in Starlet Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Pretty N Cool trains on Sunday at Santa Anita.

Multiple Grade 2 winner Pretty N Cool will start in Saturday’s $300,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos, while Coppa, an impressive maiden race winner at Del Mar last month, will be pointed for a stakes at Santa Anita next month.

As of Sunday, a field of seven fillies was likely for the Grade 1 Starlet at 1 1/16 miles. Pretty N Cool is one of five stakes winners among the probable starters, along with Pacific Heat, Patriotic Diamond, Stays in Vegas, and Surfside Tiara. Stakes-placed fillies Street Fancy and Treasuring are the other candidates.

Pretty N Cool won the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar in August and the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park in October. She was last of five as the 3-5 favorite in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at seven furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 15. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was encouraged by Pretty N Cool’s six-furlong workout in 1:13 at Santa Anita on Sunday.

“She ended up going seven-eighths,” Baffert said. “I think I’ll run her. She got a little tired, but she deserves a shot at the Grade 1.”

Coppa is likely to run in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on Jan. 2, trainer Phil D’Amato said. Coppa beat maidens at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 1 in her debut. D’Amato said starting Coppa around two turns in her second start could be asking for too great of an effort.

“I think I’ve got a nice horse,” D’Amato said. “One rule I live by is that if you do too many new things at once, it’s a recipe for disaster. She’d be going two turns against winners on a track that she’s never run on. That’s a lot for a young horse.”

D’Amato said there is a chance that Sutton’s Smile could run in the Starlet. Sutton’s Smile was third in the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 28.

Patriotic Diamond was scratched from the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos on Saturday in favor of a start in the Starlet Stakes.