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Hollywood Starlet Stakes Betting – Rosalind Closes Out Hollywood Park With A Win

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:52:56 AM

Sports betting players following the Grade-1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes will have to check it out at another track next year as Hollywood Park closes at the end of 2013. However, you still get a chance to watch some of the best two-year-old fillies battle it out over 1 1/16 miles on a synthetic surface, and the winner usually gets some hype going into the next year. Look for Rosalind to assume that mantle.

What : Horse Betting

When : Saturday, December 7th, post time of 8:00 PM ET

Where : Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA

Pick : Rosalind

All horses entered as of Wednesday, December 4th

Arethusa is making her graded-stakes debut after winning the non-graded Sharp Cat at Hollywood Park last month, and it was at the same distance as the Hollywood Starlet is. It is simply a matter of whether or not Arethusa can handle the step up in competition that comes with a Grade-1 race, and this is what we will really find out on Saturday.

Bajan has already run in a Grade-1 race, finishing sixth in the Del Mar Debutante in August, but since then she has won a pair of non-graded stakes races, including last month’s Moccasin at Hollywood Park. The question is, can she raise her game a level, and can she handle the distance? The longest race that Bajan has ever run is seven furlongs, a full one-and-a-half fewer furlongs than the 8.5 she’ll run on Saturday.

Be Proud needed four tries to break her maiden, which she eventually did in October at Santa Anita, and then she finished second to Arethusa in the Sharp Cat. That was enough to persuade Bob Baffert to enter her in this race as he aims for his third win in this event; the most recent victory came with Habibti in 2001.

Concave bounced back from a disappointing ninth in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with a third in the Grade-3 Delta Princess three weeks later and she now has three results of third or better in four graded-stakes starts. This includes a win in the Grade-2 Sorrento in August. Now, trainer Doug O’Neill has to worry about the distance; the only time Concave has run 1 1/16 miles was at the Breeders’ Cup.

On the other hand, Rosalind is probably a horse betting favorite for the Hollywood Starlet after finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in early November. She has been thrown into the fire and has responded extremely well, finishing third in her debut in the Grade-2 Pocahontas in September, then she came in second to My Conquestadory in the Grade-1 Alcibiades a month later. Rosalind has more than held her own in some big races over the second half of the year and she is trying to give trainer Kenneth McPeek his second straight win in the Hollywood Starlet, which he took with Pure Fun in 2012.

Streaming is the second horse in this race trained by Baffert, and she broke her maiden at Hollywood Park in the middle of last month. It may be a lot to ask her to run with these fillies in a Grade-1 race, so don’t expect much of her when it comes to horse betting odds, but she showed a lot of promise in that maiden win.

Taste Like Candy won her maiden in her debut at Santa Anita in October, and she has a trainer in Jerry Hollendorfer, who has won this race in two of the last four years (Blind Luck in 2009 and Killer Graces in 2011). However, there are a few questions looming over this filly. One, she has never run in a graded-stakes race. Two, she has never run over five-and-a-half furlongs, three fewer than this race goes. Three, she has never run a competitive race on a synthetic surface. Keep all that in mind on Saturday.

Untapable is a horse that horse betting players should watch out for despite an eighth at the Breeders’ Cup, which followed two straight wins, including at the Pocahontas. Most are chalking that up to inexperience and they’re betting on her being better on Saturday, but Untapable could be a bit of a risky pick.

How It Will Play Out

In a race like this, you have to go with the horse that has shown the most leading up to the race. That seems to be Rosalind and she should be your online betting pick on Saturday.

Hollywood Starlet Stakes Betting Pick: Rosalind

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