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2013 Hollywood Starlet Stakes

Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet

Country StarOn Saturday, December 7th we have the Grade 1 $500,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park where a field of 8 two year old fillies will battle it out over 1 1/16 mile. This will be the 33rd running of the Hollywood Starlet since its start in 1981. The current record for this event on the cushion track is 1:40.54, set by the 2007 Hollywood Starlet winner, Country Star. This is generally the final big race for 2 year old fillies and is almost always host to entries coming out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with this year as no exception. Concave, Untapable and Rosalind were all in this year’s BC Juvenile Fillies event.

RosalindThe 3 to 1 morning line favorite is Rosalind who ran 3rd in that race and missed the win by only ½ of a length. She certainly has the potential to get there, but her come from behind style could be a problem here. Many of the fillies entered seemed to favor a stalking or late run style, so I believe this race will be won by front-end speed. Rosalind has never gone for the early lead in any of her 4 starts and I don’t believe she will attempt it in this race, either. For value, I’m going with Tastes Like Candy at 7/2 on the ML. She has the speed to get to the lead and set the pace for the Hollywood Starlet and I could see her winning this one wire to wire. My only concern is that she has only been 5 ½ furlongs and I’m not certain that she can handle the distance. I am willing to take a chance on her, though for the sake of her speed. For a longshot, I’m going with Be Proud at 12 to 1 on the morning line. In her first attempt at this distance, she lost to Arethusa (also entered in this race) by 8 ¼ lengths. She’ll have the blinkers off in the Hollywood Starlet, though and will hopefully not burn out as she did in that last race. She has the potential to get there if handled properly and I look for her to at least hit the board, if not upset this field. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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