Grace Adler Gets Back to Business in Starlet

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Grace AdlerBenoit

Grace Adler (Curlin) was noticeably absent from the Breeders' Cup entries, but gets back to it Saturday in the GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos. A first-out winner at Del Mar July 31, the $700,000 FTKSEL buy made a mockery of the Sept. 5 GI Del Mar Debutante S. field, cruising home an 11 1/4-length victress. The chestnut failed to fire as the favorite next out when stretched to two turns in Santa Anita's GII Chandelier S. Oct. 1.

Bob Baffert also saddles Eda (Munnings), who seeks her first top-level score. Graduating via DQ in her Santa Anita unveiling in June, she missed by a head in the Aug. 6 GII Sorrento S. and was fifth in the Debutante. A decisive heroine of the Anoakia S. in Arcadia Oct. 24, the bay crossed the line 4 1/4 lengths clear of Tonito's (Blame) in the Desi Arnaz S. at Del Mar last time Nov. 13. Baffert has one other runner in this six-horse event in Benedict Canyon (Midnight Lute), who was third in the Anoakia.

Cairo Memories (Cairo Prince) tries dirt for the first time in this event. Opening her account with a pair of wins, including the Oct. 3 Surfer Girl S., the gray could only manage ninth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf S. Nov. 5.

Completing the sextet is Desert Dawn (Cupid) from the Phil D'Amato barn. Earning her diploma at second asking at Del Mar Aug. 26, the bay was third in the Chandelier and sixth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 5.

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