Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Starlet Shines as Hollywood Fades to Black
The last few weeks of a calendar year bring with them not only a plethora of ‘best of’ lists from every facet of news, sports, and entertainment, but often times it means the conclusion of something. This year will be no different, with the end of 2013 bringing with it the closing of Hollywood Park.
Last Saturday saw the final running of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, which over the years has seen such stars like Althea, Very Subtle, Outstandingly, and Serena’s Song visit the winner’s circle. The 2013 edition was captured by the talented Streaming, a beautifully-bred daughter of Smart Strike trained by Bob Baffert. Her victory gave her Hall of Fame conditioner yet another graded stakes win for the year, keeping him securely in second on the American Graded Stakes Standings trainers list.
Streaming’s win in the Starlet was the eighth Grade 1 victory of the year for Baffert, which ties him with fellow Hall of Famer Bill Mott in the number of G1 wins. Only Todd Pletcher has more, with 13 to his credit.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer continued his strong season, sending out Broken Sword to win the G2 Bayakoa Stakes. Hollendorfer just missed out in the Starlet, as Taste Like Candy finished second. Hollendorfer, who has saddled 12 graded stakes winners this year, moved into fourth on the AGS trainers list.
The California-based Hollendorfer also took over the second spot on the AGS owners list. The trainer, who owns most of his horses in partnership, has had eight graded stakes winners this year.