Halfbridled, the 2-year-old filly champion, may be missing from today's $250,000 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita, but the Grade I drew a quality group of nine 3-year-old fillies.
Hollywood Story, winner of the Hollywood Starlet in December, and A.P. Adventure, who made a successful stakes debut in the Santa Ysabel on Jan. 4, head the field in the one-mile race, which is part of a pick six with a carry-over of $137,427.
A maiden although she had finished second in the Del Mar Debutante and third in the Oak Leaf Stakes last year, Hollywood Starlet picked the right time to get her first victory. A 6-1 longshot, she won the Starlet, a Grade I, by nearly three lengths over Rahy Dolly, who also is in today's field.
Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Wally Dollase, A.P. Adventure, who was purchased earlier this year for $425,000, broke her maiden by five lengths in her career debut on Oct. 30, then returned in the Santa Ysabel, a Grade III, to win by 3 1/2 lengths as the 9-10 choice. Alex Solis will ride.