This is another race that was originally run at Hollywood Park before that track closed in 2013. The Starlet was first run in 1979 as a sprint race for three-year-olds when the inaugural winner was Eloquent.
Since then we have seen some great winners, including the 11-length winner Love Rock in 1997 and Althea for the legendary trainer D Wayne Lukas in 1983.
For this years renewal we have to start with Bob Baffert (has won the last five runnings) and has three of the entries here.
Doinitthehardway has hit the board in all three starts in MSW’s and although she is solid, you get the feeling that she’ll once again find one or two of these too good.
Baffert also has Faiza and Fast And Shiny, and it is the former who looks the most interesting with Flavien Prat taking the ride. This one broke the maiden tag on debut when winning in hand over 6 furlongs at Del Mar last month, and it is interesting to see she has been supplemented for this at a cost of $10,000.
Fast And Shiny also broke the maiden tag on debut and has since tackled graded stakes company on two of her last three runs. She was second in a Grade 3 two-back, before weakening over a mile against lesser foes last time. This looks a tough assignment against her barn buddies.
Jorge Periban trains the aptly named Classymademoiselle, but the question is, does she have the class for a race like this? Looking at the card and her top Beyer of 54 which came last time in an optional claimer, tells us she will struggle here and is likely to be one of the longshots on the board.
Trainer Yakteen and jockey Van Dyke have a 1-1 record teaming up here at Los Alamitos and Blessed Touch has the best Beyer figure (90) here by some way which she achieved when she went gate to wire to win by over 8 lengths at Santa Anita. She stretches out today so is an interesting runner.
Uncontrollable with Mike Smith doing the steering looks to hold a solid chance after closing late last time to run second in the G2 Chandelier Stakes. She has improved with every run and we know she’ll have no problem with the mile and sixteenth here.
Pride Of The Nile has won two of her three races and is another filly that looks to be improving rapidly. This extra sixteenth looks sure to suit the Mora-trained filly and she is a big player here.
2022 Starlet Stakes Odds & Betting Predictions
|ODDS COURTESY OF JAZZSPORTS
|Ramon A. Vazquez
|Tiago Josue Pereira
|Fast and Shiny
|Mike E. Smith
|Pride of the Nile
|Juan J. Hernandez
|Drayden Van Dyke
The $10,000 supplementary fee paid by connections of Faiza tells us that they think they have a serious racehorse here and she’ll be trying to extend Bob Baffert’s streak in this race to six consecutive wins. She should hit the board but will likely be short odds on the morning line prices.
The main selection here has to be UNCONTROLLABLE whose second in the Grade 2 Chandelier is the best piece of form we have seen and she should be able to close into a fast pace with Blessed Touch and Faiza likely to be on the speed. Andtellmenolies who beat our selection last time, was not disgraced in The Breeders Cup next time and the Michael McCarthy-trained Uncontrollable gets the vote.
For exotics players then Pride Of The Nile looks to be the other to consider here after two consecutive wins, with the stretch-out in distance looking to give plenty of upside.
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