Trainer Jay Robbins hopes to end 2002 with a bang when he sends out Tizalovelylady as a supplementary entry in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Saturday.
The year has been a quiet one for Robbins since the retirement of Tiznow, a two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and 2000 Horse of the Year.
"I worked her three-quarters of a mile Sunday, and she will be coming over this afternoon," said Robbins Wednesday from his Santa Anita stable office.
"She looks good and is kind of a nice filly," continued Robbins. "She's out of Tiznow's full sister, Tiz So, and is by Western Fame."
Tizalovelylady broke her maiden in her third try at one mile during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita before finishing a troubled third in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies in her last start Nov. 2.
"She had a terrible trip from the outside in the Cal Cup," said Robbins, looking forward to her return in the Starlet. "The longer the distance, the better."
Joan Rogers, an attorney from Santa Clara, owns Tizalovelylady. Rogers owns Applebite Farm, where Western Fame stands.
Laffit Pincay, Jr., who won the 1983 Starlet aboard Althea, has the call.
A field of six is probable for the Starlet, which has an estimated value of $371,500. The probable lineup: Composure (Mike Smith), Summer Wind Dancer (Alex Solis), Rmisvesta (Tyler Baze), Elloluv (Patrick Valenzuela), Watching You (Kent Desormeaux) and Tizalovelylady (Pincay).
All starters will carry 120 pounds.
Watching You, like Tizalovelylady, will be supplemented for $10,000. The filly, trained by Warren Stute for owner B. Wayne Hughes, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Hollywood Wednesday. She finished second in the Moccasin Stakes in her last start.
Elloluv also received the green light from trainer Craig Dollase after working four furlongs in :47.60 at Hollywood Wednesday.
"She just broke her maiden sprinting, but she's bred to go longer, and with a small field in a Grade I race, I thought she deserved a chance," said Dollase.
Composure, expected to rule as the odds-on favorite, completed drills for the Starlet Monday with a six-furlong move in 1:12.60 for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. Baffert won the race for the second time in four years in 2001 with Habibti.
Composure, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, finished second to Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) in her last start Oct. 26 at Arlington after capturing the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.