Donna Veloce Lands in Starring Role


Donna Veloce | Benoit

Only four rivals will line up against the imposing ‘TDN Rising Star’ Donna Veloce (Uncle Mo) in Saturday’s GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos Race Course.

The jaw-dropping debut winner at Santa Anita Sept. 28 was favored at 2-1 in her first attempt around two turns in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1, and finished a too-good-to-lose second to British Idiom (Flashback) that day.

“She didn’t win, but she ran a courageous race and that’s all you can ask,” trainer Simon Callaghan said following the Juvenile Fillies.

Two-time Grade I victress Bast (Uncle Mo) is the 4-5 morning-line favorite’s main rival. The GI Del Mar Debutante S. and Chandelier S. heroine was a solid third, beaten two lengths, after racing on a fast pace in the Juvenile Fillies. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won the last two runnings of the Starlet with Dream Tree (2017) and Chasing Yesterday (2018).

Baffert will also saddle Gingham (Quality Road), who broke her maiden at fourth asking in Arcadia Oct. 31.

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