Vi­brance stands out in Star­let

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CY­PRESS, Calif. – Through late sum­mer and early au­tumn, Vi­brance showed steady im­prove­ment, enough to fin­ish third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

Vi­brance was a 35-1 out­sider in the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies when she fin­ished six lengths be­hind race win­ner Jay­walk. In Satur­day’s Grade 1 Star­let Stakes at Los Alami­tos, Vi­brance will be at the cen­ter of at­ten­tion for bet­tors in an ex­cel­lent field of six.

“I was su­per pleased she could get some Breed­ers’ Cup black type,” trainer Michael McCarthy said ear­lier this week.

“She came out of that race in good or­der or we wouldn’t be think­ing about this race.”

In the $300,000 Star­let, Vi­brance drew the rail and will race against three stakes win­ners – Chas­ing Yesterday, Mother Mother, and Oxy Lady. Trainer Doug O’Neill starts two re­cent maiden race win­ners – Enaya Alrabb and Sold It.

Chas­ing Yesterday and Mother Mother are ex­cit­ing prospects trained by Bob Baffert, who won the 2017 Star­let with Dream Tree.

The Star­let, run at 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-old fil­lies, is the sev­enth race on a nine-race pro­gram that be­gins at 12:30 p.m. Pa­cific.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Vi­brance, by Vi­o­lence Last 3 Bey­ers: 84-79-75

◗ Owned by Eclipse Thor­ough­bred Partners and Donna and Jim Daniell, Vi­brance won a maiden spe­cial weight race at a mile by 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 29, and was a well­beaten sec­ond to Bel­la­fina in the Grade 1 Chan­de­lier Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Sept. 29.

◗ In the BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies, Vi­brance was third by 1 1/2 lengths on the turn. She fin­ished a half-length be­hind run­ner-up Rest­less Rider.

“With a bet­ter trip she could have been sec­ond,” McCarthy said. “She had a lit­tle bit of traf­fic on the far turn. She came with a run.”

◗ Flavien Prat will ride Vi­brance for the first time in the Star­let. McCarthy said the in­side post is not a con­cern.

“Hope­fully, the length of the stretch at Los Al will help her get a Grade 1,” he said. “She doesn’t want to be too far off of it. Hope­fully we can get a nice stalk­ing trip.”

Chas­ing Yesterday, by Tapit Last 3 Bey­ers: 78-88-60

◗ The Star­let will be the first start around two turns for Chas­ing Yesterday. She is by a proven route stal­lion and hap­pens to be a half-sis­ter to Amer­i­can Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown win­ner.

◗ Chas­ing Yesterday has won two sprint stakes, in­clud­ing the three-run­ner Desi Ar­naz Stakes at seven fur­longs at Del Mar on Nov. 12.

Mother Mother, by Pioneerof the Nile Last 3 Bey­ers: 78-67-87

◗ Mother Mother, who tends to race near the front, won the Rags to Riches Stakes at a mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. She was sec­ond to Bel­la­fina in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debu­tante at seven fur­longs on Sept. 1.

◗ Mother Mother will be rid­den by Flo­rent Ger­oux, who was aboard for the vic­tory in the Rags to Riches. This will be the first mount at Los Alami­tos for Ger­oux.

Oxy Lady, by Oxbow Last 3 Bey­ers: 94-69-54

◗ Oxy Lady recorded a shock­ing win at 36-1 in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at a mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, over­com­ing brief trou­ble be­fore draw­ing away to win by five lengths.

◗ The Tempted was the stakes de­but for Oxy Lady, who won a maiden spe­cial weight race at a mile by 5 3/4 lengths at Bel­terra Park in Ohio on Sept. 3. Trainer Jack Sis­ter­son, a for­mer as­sis­tant to O’Neill who be­gan train­ing ear­lier this year, views the Star­let as a chance to prove Oxy Lady is among the most promis­ing 2-year-old fil­lies in the na­tion.

“It won’t be easy, but all the credit to the filly,” Sis­ter­son said. “She de­serves this Grade 1 op­por­tu­nity. It’s up to her to show the rest of the coun­try how good she can be.”

SHIGEKI KIKKAWA

Vi­brance has hit the board in two Grade 1 races: the Chan­de­lier and the BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies.

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