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
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
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
Wednesday’s attendance was 12,376.