Streaming takes center stage in Hollywood Starlet - NBC Sports

Streaming takes center stage in Hollywood Starlet
December 7, 2013, 9:30 pm

Although Streaming was a debut maiden winner for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the blueblood was overlooked at odds of 10-1 in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,500 Hollywood Starlet. But the Smart Strike lass out of a half-sister to champions Rags to Riches upstaged her rivals, stamping herself as a rising star in this last-ever running of the juvenile fillies' feature at Hollywood Park.

The betting public was focused on Rosalind, sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the wake of her third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies; Taste Like Candy, a 5-2 chance who was a smashing winner first out for Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer; and Pocahontas heroine Untapable, a troubled eighth in the Juvenile Fillies and the 7-2 third choice here.

Yet Streaming, who was only just supplemented to the Starlet off her November 15 premiere, outshone them all and stole the spotlight.

"We've really been high on this filly," Baffert said of the Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and Edward McGhee homebred.

"It was too late to get a race into her to run her in the Breeders' Cup," Baffert added. "I wasn't sure if I was going to run her in here because I didn't nominate her. Her last two works showed she could really sit off a horse.

"When I saw her up there at 14-1 (before closing at 10-1), I told (owner) John (Sikura) when you supplement ($10,000 plus an additional $10,000 to start), you're supposed to be 8-5. You're always hoping they'll run like they train and how they're bred.

"We've been lucky to win some Starlets (three) and especially with this being the last one. She's really special. I think we saw something special today."

Taste Like Candy, stretching out from a 5 1/2-furlong maiden to two turns, sped to the early lead. Streaming, likewise tackling a route for the first time, was bumped by Arethusa at the start. But Streaming soon recovered beneath Martin Garcia and moved up to prompt Taste Like Candy through fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 4/5 on the Cushion Track. After ratcheting up the pressure on the leader through six furlongs in 1:12 4/5, Streaming put her head in front. Untapable commenced her rally into third on the far turn, but wasn't going well enough to reach the top two.

Streaming continued to hold the upper hand at the top of the stretch, despite Taste Like Candy's game attempt to come back on the inside. The farther they went, the more powerful Streaming became, until she drew 1 1/2 lengths clear at the wire in a final time of 1:44 4/5 for 1 1/16 miles. The overlay fueled a win payout of $23.60.

"My filly was really sharp," Garcia said, "and I just let her break and was able to get a good position. I held my position outside and when I asked her to go she gave me more. She was very impressive."

Taste Like Candy's connections were pleased with her runner-up performance.

"Well, I didn't expect to be on the lead," jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "but my filly broke really sharp and when I saw that nobody wanted to go, I just went to the lead. It was a real strong pace rounding the first turn, but I tried to relax my filly. The winner was right behind me and chasing me and was always running real strong."

"The winner did the same thing we did," Hollendorfer said, referring to running in a Grade 1 after breaking her maiden. "I thought she ran even better than she did last time, but we were second best. We're happy with this effort."

Taste Like Candy had 1 1/4 lengths to spare over Untapable, who saved third from the closing Rosalind by a nose.

Even in defeat, Untapable proved that she'd turned the page from her Breeders' Cup debacle.

"Coming into the stretch I loved her chances, but then she kind of evened out," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "That's just where she's at right now. It's a nice rebound from where she ran in the Breeders' Cup."

Arethusa, Bajan, Be Proud and the eased Concave concluded the order of finish.

Now a perfect two-for-two, Streaming brandishes a bankroll of $287,000. The Kentucky-bred bay opened her career in a six-furlong maiden at Hollywood, rallying from just off the pace to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths.

Streaming boasts a superb pedigree. She is a half-sister to three stakes performers -- Canadian stakes winner Cascading and the stakes-placed pair of Distracting and Gifting. Their dam, the Storm Cat mare Teeming, is a winning daughter of Grade 2 queen Better Than Honour.

Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour is famous for producing back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners in Jazil (2006) and Rags to Riches (2007). Champion Rags to Riches became the first filly to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown since the dawn of the 20th century. She defeated Curlin, who ironically is by Streaming's Sire, Smart Strike. Rags to Riches landed three other Grade 1s during her Eclipse Award-winning campaign, sweeping the Las Virgenes, Santa Anita Oaks and Kentucky Oaks.

Better Than Honour is also responsible for Casino Drive, the 2008 Peter Pan hero who aimed to give his dam a Belmont three-peat, only to be scratched on the morning of the race, and Irish highweight stayer Man of Iron, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Marathon.

Streaming's third dam is 1982 Kentucky Oaks star Blush with Pride. She has produced Group 3 scorer Turnberry Isle, by Deputy Minister and thus a full brother to Better Than Honour; Group 2 winner Smolensk, herself the dam of stakes scorers Martha's Moon and Can the Man, third-place finisher in last summer's Del Mar Futurity; and Group 1-placed Maryinsky, who has foaled European co-champion filly Peeping Fawn and French Group 1-winning sire Thewayyouare.

Streaming's fourth dam, Broodmare of the Year Best in Show, is the ancestress of such luminaries as El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Xaar, Aldebaran and Spinning World.

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