Astute Looks to Remain Perfect in Starlet



LNJ Foxwoods' Astute (Speightstown) looks to take her record to three-for-three Saturday in the GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos. Graduating in her career bow sprinting on turf at Santa Anita Oct. 12, the $425,000 KEESEP purchase romped by 7 1/2 lengths next out on dirt in Del Mar's Desi Arnaz S. Nov. 14.

Princess Noor (Not This Time) hopes to return to winning ways as she sheds the blinkers here after finishing fifth as the favorite in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland last out Nov. 6. A debut winner at Del Mar in August, the $1.35-million OBSAPR topper captured both the Sept. 6 GI Del Mar Debutante and Sept. 26 GII Chandelier S. by a combined 14 3/4 lengths.

Her trainer Bob Baffert also saddles Varda (Distorted Humor) and Kalypso (Brody's Cause). Varda finished second in the Chandelier after a first-out score at Del Mar Aug. 30. Kalypso earned her diploma in the Anoakia S. Oct. 18 after hitting the board in her first two outings.

Completing the quintet is Nasreddine (Nyquist), who graduated at second asking in SoCal Nov. 7.

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