12/10/2012 10:03AM

Trip Notes: Hollywood Starlet, Bayakoa, and Sugar Swirl


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sugar Swirl (race 9)

Dust and Diamonds wasted no time paying dividends for her new connections with an impressive victory here. Purchased just days after running second to likely female sprint champ Groupie Doll in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, the filly prompted the early pace while under pressure from Honey Chile while staying well off the fence, extended her advantage on the turn, had Golden Mystery edge closer turning for home, but then bounced away in the lane to win very comfortably. The Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie here Feb. 10 may be next. Golden Mystery stalked early, moved closer on the turn, was even closer turning for home to briefly look threatening, but couldn’t stay with the winner in the lane while best of the rest. Nakano lagged back and finished decently, though she was never really a factor. Sacristy was last early, made a bit of a run while wide into the lane, but flattened out.

Betfair Hollywood Park
Bayakoa (race 6)

Lady of Fifty notched her first graded stakes win, despite some early trouble. She was sitting behind the leaders on the clubhouse turn when she had to steady. Her rider jerked her to the outside, she then found herself in a dream spot stalking the pace while in the clear, pounced into the lane, took over by midstretch, and drew off late to win comfortably. She can run on anything, so that gives her connections lots of options for 2013. Open Water lagged back and finished well, though she was never really a danger to the winner. Inglorious, the favorite, stalked the pace, loomed ominously into the lane, but flattened out. Charm the Maker was last early after a troubled start, still well back turning for home, and was putting in a strong run in the lane only to encounter more trouble at the sixteenth pole. She wasn’t going to beat the winner, but she might well have been second.

Betfair Hollywood Park
Hollywood Starlet (race 9)

Pure Fun, who invaded from Kentucky off a dazzling optional claiming win, handled the trip west and step up in class with aplomb as the 2-year-old filly notched her first graded stakes win in smart fashion. The daughter of Pure Prize was slow into stride out of the gate, but was content to sit last early. She bided her time, started to advance on the far turn, swung very wide into the lane, and powered home to go from last to first. This filly class looks smart, and this gal tosses her name into a ring full of talented girls. She’ll reportedly take the Oaklawn Park path (Grade 3 Honeybee on March 9, Grade 2 Fantasy on April 10) to the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Blonde Fog, coming off a smashing debut route win at Santa Anita, validated that run as she went right out to the lead, took heavy pressure from Rhodium, dispatched with that rival going to the far turn, saw stablemate Executiveprivilege come at her on the turn, but opened up again into the lane, though she just couldn’t quite fend off the winner. Still, a super first try versus winners, and she figures to be to be a major factor in the division at the upcoming Santa Anita meet. Scarlet Strike lagged back and finished decently, though she was never really a threat. Executiveprivilege stalked the pace, loomed ominously turning for home, but flattened out. She could be feeling the effects of a busy season. However, she not only lost the race but she almost certainly lost her shot for the Eclipse Award for top 2-year-od filly here, too. She’ll reportedly be freshened and point to the spring.