Updated on 09/17/2011 6:09PM

Splendid Blended best in Starlet


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Splendid Blended showed in Sunday's $389,000 Hollywood Starlet that she has grown up quite nicely.

After racing erratically in the Oak Leaf Stakes in October, Splendid Blended turned in a professional performance to win the first stakes of her career in the Grade 1 .

The victory marked the most prestigious win for owner-breeder Peter Vegso of Boca Raton, Fla., and gives him a top contender for the major stakes for 3-year-old fillies in 2005.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer Neil Drysdale, Splendid Blended was always near the front. She tracked pacesetter No Bull Baby through early fractions of 23.62 and 46.84 seconds before moving alongside the pacesetter on the final turn. Racing two-wide, Splendid Blended took the lead turning for home and stretched her lead to two lengths at the finish.

Splendid Blended ($4.60) finished 1 1-16 miles in 1:41.82.

"She's getting better all the time," Drysdale said.

Sharp Lisa, who finished second in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, rallied from fourth to finish second, two lengths in front of Northern Mischief. No Bull Baby finished fourth in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies.

Splendid Blended has won 3 of 4 starts and $327,400.

Drysdale described the filly's maturity between a second-place finish to top 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine in the Oak Leaf Stakes and her win in the Starlet as "huge?.

In between, Drysdale opted to pass the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Splendid Blended prepped for the Starlet with a victory in an allowance race over 1 1-16 miles on Nov. 14.

The Starlet win further impressed Drysdale because he said the filly came into heat a few days before the race.

"That was a concern," Drysdale said. "Some can run in heat and some can't. She proved that she can."