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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Concave Captures Sorrento Stakes

Reddam Racing’s Concave, a daughter of onetime stakes star Colonel John, asserted herself in the final sixteenth under jockey Mario Gutierrez to win Wednesday’s featured $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

Concave, a winner over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass course in her only previous race, was able to down a stubborn foe, She’s a Tiger, by a half-length in the 6 1/2 furlong sprint.

Stop Smiling, the even-money favorite in a field of seven fillies, was third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up, with E Equalsmcsquared fourth.

Concave, trained by Doug O’Neill, raced the distance in 1:17.45 to earn first money of $90,000 in the steppingstone to the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday, August 31. She returned $8.60, $4.60 and $3 as second choice in the wagering.

She’s a Tiger, who was two-for-two in her career after winning the Landaluce Stakes, competed valiantly under jockey Frank Alvarado and paid $5 and $2.80 to her backers. Stop Smiling paid $2.20 to show.

Wednesday’s Pick Six featured $1,486,696 in “new” money pursuing a carryover of $265,129 from last Sunday, thus producing a total Pick Six pool of $1,751,825. There were 47 perfect tickets and each was worth $22,363.40.       

O’Neill, four-time training champion at Del Mar whose barn was off to a slow start this summer, enjoyed his best afternoon of the meeting as Concave completed a training triple for his stable. His other winners Wednesday were Et Tu Walker, under Gutierrez, in the first and the talented Irish-bred juvenile filly Clenor (Rafael Bejarano) in the fourth.

Wednesday’s attendance was 12,376.

 

 

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Older Comments about Concave Captures Sorrento Stakes...

Good to see Mario winning.
Very nice IHATC.
I am on a modest streak of hitting. Cougar II Richard's Kid to win, Palace Malice in the dandy, Isadorable had Navy Nurse to win, Whitney had Successful dan to show, had Concave in this one. Only miss was the Haskell. 5 out of my last 6.

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