Turbulent Descent Dazzles in Moccasin Stakes

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A stylish debut winner Oct. 3, Turbulent Descent was even more impressive Nov. 21 at Hollywood Park, toying with her five opponents in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes.

Never far off the pace under jockey David Flores, the 2-year-old Congrats   filly out of the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue took over early in the homestretch and won with plenty left in reserve. The margin of victory was a deceptive 1 ½ lengths.

Untouched by the whip -- which was no different than her initial try -- Turbulent Descent, the 7-10 choice in the field of six, covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.15.

Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike Puype, the Florida-bred bay increased her earnings to $82,800.

In giving Flores his second Moccasin victory (the other came with Perfect Six in 1998), Turbulent Descent paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10.

Zazu, fresh off a maiden win Oct. 15 for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Sadler, finished second, 3 ¼ lengths in front of pacesetter Tales in Excess (:22.93, :46.08). Zazu, who was ridden by Mike Smith, returned $3.60 and $2.40. The show price on Tales in Excess, who was handled by Joel Rosario, was $2.60.

Warren's Flyer, the second longest shot in the field at 31-1, was a half-length back in fourth, then came 7-2 second choice Sugarinthemorning and Recipient.

Puype indicated Turbulent Descent will make her graded stakes debut Dec. 11 in the $250,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet (gr. I). No Moccasin winner has ever captured the Starlet, run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.

“If she comes back well, the Starlet has to be the plan,’’ Puype said. “She’s worth a fortune already and would be worth a bigger fortune after a Grade I.

“To be in the grandstand and watch this was just amazing. It’s not just the time, it was the way she did it. How many horses do you see in stakes company do stuff like this? Without a doubt she’s right up there with the best I’ve ever trained.’’

Ocala Stud bred the winner. She sold for $160,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Spring Sale of Two-year-Olds in Training.