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Starlet Stakes Betting – Take Charge Brandi Ends 2014 On A High Note

Posted by on 12/11/2014 8:59:05 PM

The Starlet Stakes is a Grade-1 race that has always been run at Hollywood Park, with its closing, it was moved to Los Alamitos. It features a purse of $500,000 and is run on dirt, although it was run on a synthetic surface for a few years. It has a distance of 1 1/16 miles and it usually features horses from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as it is for females aged two years.

The winner of the Cup race should step into the spotlight once again as Take Charge Brandi has the look of a top contender going into her third year. She faces a tough field and it should be an exciting race, but she is the pick to roll with at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

What: Horse Betting

When: Saturday, December 13th, post time TBA

Where: Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, CA

Pick: Take Charge Brandi

Achiever’s Legacy is coming off a win at the non-graded Desi Arnaz Stakes in November, but she has never run over a mile and this will be her graded-stakes debut. She finished third in her lone start on dirt, an allowance race in October, but the Starlet Stakes might be a little more than this filly can chew right now.

Danette definitely has experience in graded-stakes events, finishing third at the Grade-1 Chandelier in September and then fifth at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in November. While she still has yet to win in six starts (including four maiden attempts), Danette has at least seen some good competition and can be coerced to raise it up a notch down the stretch. She is used to dirt and the distance; she should be a threat on Saturday.

Don’t Blame Me finished seventh in two starts on dirt in maiden attempts, then second in an allowance race on dirt in October and then third on turf at the Grade-3 Jimmy Durante Stakes just a couple of weeks ago. She seems to have taken to dirt quite nicely, but it’ll be interesting to see how she handles the step up in competition. She also hasn’t run over a mile, so keep that in mind as you’re making your picks.

Feathered broke her maiden on her second try, then she finished third at the Grade-1 Frizette in October and followed that with a fourth at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. All four of her starts have come on dirt and she ran the distance at the Cup, so Feathered is one to watch on Saturday and she should be around at the end of the race.

Majestic Presence also broke her maiden on her second try and then finished fourth at the Chandelier. That took her to the Cup, where she finished ninth at the Juvenile Fillies, but she bounced back for a third at the Grade-3 Delta Princess three weeks later. She is an intriguing option as she struggled at the Cup, but that is a massive race and Majestic Presence should be improved in her second try against a great field.

Maybellene has two wins and two runner-ups in five starts, but those came in maiden and allowance races. When she ran in the Chandelier, she came in 11 th, so this is a huge race for this filly as Maybellene needs a good performance to build some momentum for her three-year-old campaign. Her best performances have come on a synthetic surface, so this is also a big race for her chances on dirt going forward.

Take Charge Brandi has to be considered the favorite when they hit the starting gate on Saturday. She showed that her win at the Breeders’ Cup was no fluke as she won the Delta Princess….but was it a fluke? Prior to winning the Cup for the Juvenile Fillies, Take Charge Brandi finished fifth, fifth and eighth and two Grade-2 races and a Grade-1 event, so it might be a matter of a horse catching lightning in a bottle. She might also be peaking at the right time, or at least getting better as she heads into her three-year-old campaign. No horse has more to lose on Saturday than Take Charge Brandi.

How It Will Play Out

Danette might be the best value pick, but Take Change Brandi has plenty of experience on dirt, over the distance and against good fields. That makes her the smart pick on Saturday.

Starlet Stakes Betting Pick: Take Charge Brandi

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