12/14/2010 4:16PM

Turbulent Descent destined to travel

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Benoit & Associates
Turbulent Descent, David Flores up, wins the Hollywood Starlet.

The undefeated Turbulent Descent will make two starts at the upcoming Santa Anita winter-spring meeting before being sent out of California for major stakes for 3-year-old fillies next spring, trainer Mike Puype said.

Turbulent Descent stretched her winning streak to 3 with a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Saturday and will make her next start in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 5, a Grade 1 over a mile. Puype also is planning a start in the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on March 5.

"No one is going to ship from out of town to race against her," Puype said, conveying his confidence in the filly. "She'll have to hit the road after that. After that, you let things take care of themselves. She's a completely professional horse."

A winner of $328,350 for a partnership, Turbulent Descent won the Starlet by 1 1/4 lengths over Tell a Kelly, the winner of the Grade 1 Darley Debutante at Del Mar in September. The victory moved Turbulent Descent to the fore of the California 2-year-old filly division and earned the filly a vacation. Puype does not plan any training until the end of the month, at the earliest.

"First things first, she gets a week off," he said. "I can afford the time. I don't think there will be any breezing for three or four weeks."

Pupye is anxious to prove next year that Turbulent Descent is among the division's best. "If you take away the Breeders' Cup, I'll match her campaign against anyone's," he said. "She's top class."