Breeders’ Cup Runners Top Grade 1 Starlet
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By Emily Shields for TVG
There are two races at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday with Kentucky Derby and Oaks implications: the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), and the $300,000 Starlet (G1). The latter goes as race 7 and features the second and third place runners from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on November 1.
Donna Veloce is the 4-5 choice of a five-horse field after breaking her maiden in style September 28 at Santa Anita. The $800,000 purchase by Uncle Mo cruised on debut, winning by nine-and-a-quarter lengths over six and a half furlongs. Trainer Simon Callaghan then asked the filly to do what seemed impossible: jump from a maiden sprint into the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup around two turns. Donna Veloce almost pulled it off, leading in the lane and missing by just a neck to grade 1 winner British Idiom. Donna Veloce has since worked three times, including twice over this track.
Dual grade 1-winner Bast will be seeking redemption after finishing third in the Juvenile Fillies. Also an Uncle Mo filly, Bast broke her maiden in style by taking the grade 1 Del Mar Debtuante by nearly nine lengths. Then she won the grade 1 Chandelier Stakes by a neck, outrunning graded stakes winner Comical and K P Dreamin. Bob Baffert, who has won this race five times and each of the last two years, trains Bast for the Baoma Corp.
Baffert also trains Gingham, a $420,000 daughter of Quality Road who comes in off a maiden victory over a mile. Abel Cedillo will ride for the first time on a filly who ran second three times before she won, including over a mile on this track. This race is to be run over a mile and a sixteenth.
K P Dreamin is back to try the top runners again today after finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup. Jeff Mullins trains the daughter of Union Rags, who retains jockey Ruben Fuentes for this. K P Dreamin broke her maiden over a mile at Del Mar before running third in the Chandelier (G1). She had a bullet workout over five furlongs at Santa Anita on December 2.
Roadrunner’s Honor rounds out the field of five. The daughter of Honor Code is trained by Doug O’Neill, who saddled her to break her maiden first out at Santa Anita sprinting. She finished fourth in the Desi Arnaz at Del Mar on November 10, and has worked twice since then for this. The Starlet will be her first race around two turns.
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