We are at Los Alamitos Race Course in California on Saturday for the biggest stakes race of the weekend. The $300,000 Starlet Stakes (Gr. 1) is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Los Alamitos. It should be an exciting race, which includes two Bob Baffert horses looking for the top prize against the undefeated Astute.
There is a lot of racing on Saturday across the country. A total of 12 tracks being offered at BetOnline for betting today. You can also find four harness racing tracks operating in the US. The biggest of the bunch is Yonkers Raceway in New York. Mohawk in Ontario is also available for betting. Yonkers and Mohawk are where the biggest money can be found for harness racing on Saturday.
Los Alamitos Race Course isn’t the only racetrack that we’re covering today. You can also find our selections for Laurel Park at TheSportsGeek. Los Alamitos has a total of nine races scheduled to run. The Starlet Stakes is by far the biggest race of the day at Los Alamitos. It’s also only one of two Grade 1 stakes races running, the other at Aqueduct Racetrack in the running of the $250,000 Cigar Mile. Head below for our free Los Alamitos Race Course picks for December 5, 2020.
Post Time: 1:28 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Our day will begin at Los Alamitos with a small race for $18,000 in Race 3. This event will feature 5 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt. Nine horses are expected to participate in the event, with Saving Sophie and Kalliniki likely getting into the fray in the stretch. Kalliniki is looking for her first win since May 27, 2019 after winning as a sophomore in her second outing.
Then she went silent with eight straight losses, and failed to show in the top-3 in all eight races. Following the win in May of 2019, Kalliniki went straight to the $200,000 San Clemente Stakes (Gr. 2) and received a wake up call. It was clear that Kalliniki did not belong in that race. She finished 9th to only beat one horse in the field. Kalliniki weakened hard down the stretch in that assignment.
Since then, she has still been trying to get back into the money. In her most recent appearance, she finished 5th in a $33,000 event, so the class drop has not helped her, at least not yet. Kalliniki continues to drop classes in hopes of finding some confidence. Perhaps a $18,000 event will do the trick, but it would be mightily disappointing if she can’t run well at this level.
Saving Sophie is 1 for 12 in her career, and has been in good form recently to finish in the top-2 in four straight races. She was a winner recently on October 17 at Santa Anita Park. Saving Sophie beat Save the Story by a half length for a $20,000 purse. She followed up to place 2nd behind Lady On Ice in a $21,000 event most recently. For a $260,000 purchase, Saving Sophie has not lived up to expectations thus far, but a win in a $18,000 event should be reachable.
Race 5 – Starlet Stakes
Post Time: 2:28 p.m. PST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
The Starlet Stakes (Gr. 1) is one of the main attractions in horse racing on Saturday. This event features a small field of five horses, but it comes with a sizable purse of $300,000. Bob Baffert is entering two horses into the event, with Kalypso and the talented Princess Noor getting a go of it on Saturday in the Starlet Stakes.
Princess Noor is likely going to have to worry about Astute rather than Kalypso. Astute enters undefeated with wins in two races. Astute won in her debut at Santa Anita Park on October 12 for a $55,000 purse. She cut down Evoo by a neck to hold on for a wire-to-wire victory. Astute had a 2 length lead going into the stretch, but needed to hold strong for the win.
Astute returned a month later to win again, this time in a $100,000 event for a nice score. She won with ease over Queengoi by 7 ½ lengths Astute was clear going into the stretch by 2 lengths, and she built on that lead for an easy win for Mike Smith. She is coming off a really impressive workout on November 27 with a recorded time of 46 seconds. Astute is a $425,000 horse expected to have a promising career.
She will be in by far her toughest race yet with Princess Noor entered in this race. Princess Noor has Saudi connections, owned by Amr Zedan. She was bought for $1,350,000 in April and started off her career with a hat-trick from August 22 to September 26. That includes a Grade 1 race in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes on September 6. It was an easy victory for Princess Noor, as she cleared the field by 6 ½ lengths at the wire.
Princess Noor came back for a 8 ¼ length win in the $200,000 Chandelier Stakes (Gr. 2). That was too easy for her, and she moved up to the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Gr. 1) on November 6. That didn’t work out as well, with Princess Noor finishing 5th against a really tough field. Way down in class for Saturday, expect her to be the horse to beat. Astute has a promising career ahead, but I think Princess Noor gets the win here as she gets back to her winning ways following a brief hiccup.