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Los Alamitos Preview & FREE Picks | Starlet Stakes 2023: Chatalas Vs Bafferts In Kentucky Oaks Prep
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Los Alamitos Preview & FREE Picks | Starlet Stakes 2023: Chatalas Vs Bafferts In Kentucky Oaks Prep

Aaron previews the 2023 Starlet Stakes (G2) from Los Alamitos, then gives his top picks & long shots from this 2024 Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep race.

Can the Chandelier Stakes (G2) champion Chatalas defeat the 2 from trainer Bob Baffert, who’s trying to win his 7th straight & 10th overall in this race? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have two opportunities to win the Grade 2, $200,000-guaranteed Starlet for a seventh consecutive year Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles is being offered locally for the 10th time after being run as the Hollywood Starlet (1981-2013) at Hollywood Park.

Post time is 12:30 p.m. The Starlet is the last of nine races and has an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m.

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Baffert, whose streak of Starlet victories includes Dream Tree (2017), Chasing Yesterday (2018), Bast (2019), Varda (2020), Eda (2021) and Faiza last year, entered Nothing Like You and Grazia.

Owned by Georgia Antley Hunt, Jeff Giglio and John Rogitz, Nothing Like You will be seeking her third win in a row.

The daughter of Malibu Moon filly out of the Brother Derek mare Miss Derek followed up a 6 ½ length maiden victory in her fourth career start Oct. 14 with a nose win over Tambo in the Desi Arnaz five weeks later at Del Mar. She’s earned $117,160.

An Uncle Mo filly out of the Malibu Moon mare Tonasah, Grazia won her debut by 3 ¼ lengths Nov. 12 for Gandharvi LLC and Commonwealth Thoroughbreds LLC. The victory at six furlongs was worth $36,600.

Chatalas will be aiming for her third win – and second in a Grade II – for Rancho Temescal Thoroughbred Partners, Dan Agnew and William Chatalas and trainer Mark Glatt.

The daughter of Gun Runner and the Indian Charlie mare Indian Safari captured the Chandelier Oct. 7 at Santa Anita before finishing ninth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last month. She’s banked $207,200.

A 9-1 upset winner over maidens nearly a month ago, Great Forty Eight will make her stakes debut for Firebird Racing LLC and trainer Tim Yakteen. The daughter of Constitution and the Exchange Rate mare Angela’s Ashes is 1-for-4 with earnings of $54,220.

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella will seek his first Starlet success with two start maiden Flynn’s Chance.

A Medaglia d’Oro filly out of the Bernardini mare Venetian Sonata, Flynn’s Chance was third – defeated by 1 ¾ lengths – behind Great Forty Eight Nov. 12 when stretched to eight furlongs. She’s earned $7,820 for Spendthrift Farm LLC.

Completing the field is Pacific Rose, who was supplemented for $7,500 by owners California Racing Partners, Ciaglia Racing LLC and Dominic Savides.

Winless in four starts for trainer Doug O’Neill, the daughter of Not This Time and the Bernardini mare Naples Rose has earned $21,080. She has been fourth in three of her outings, including the Chandelier, when checking in 2 ½ lengths behind Chatalas.

From inside out, the field for the Starlet Stakes:

  1. Nothing Like You, Juan Hernandez rides, 120 pounds
  2. Pacific Rose, Joel Rosario, 120
  3. Flynn’s Chance, Umberto Rispoli, 120
  4. Great Forty Eight, J.G. Torrealba, 120
  5. Chatalas, Antonio Fresu, 120
  6. Grazia, Flavien Prat, 120