Reddam Racing’s Concave and Mark DeDomenico’s She’s a Tiger, who
staged a rousing battle in the Sorrento Stakes, will be rematched
Saturday in the 63rd running of the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs.
The Debutante, Del Mar’s traditional championship race for
two-year-old fillies, kicks off the Labor Day holiday and final weekend
of the summer racing season which will conclude Wednesday, Sept. 4.
A half-length is all that separated the twosome at the end of the 6 ½
furlong Sorrento Stakes with Concave prevailing over a game She’s a
Tiger. Patrick Valenzuela picks up the mount on Concave for trainer Doug
O’Neill, while Gary Stevens has the call on She’s Tiger from trainer
Looming a strong contender is Sprouts, also owned by Reddam, who is a
two-time stakes-winner, having accounted for the Cinderella Stakes at
Betfair Hollywood Park and the restricted C.T.B.A. Stakes July 19 at Del
Mar. Mario Gutierrez has the call.
Other Debutante entrants are Awesome Baby, Martin Garcia;
Fascinating, Mike Smith; Bajan, Victor Espinoza; Southern Sunshine,
Garrett Gomez, and Secret Compass, Joe Talamo.
Awesome Baby, from the powerful barn of trainer Bob Baffert, a
seven-time Debutante winner, is sure to attract strong support after an
impressive maiden victory in fast time. Other maiden winners in the
field are Bajan and Secret Compass, while Fascinating and Southern
Sunshine have yet to win their first races.
A supporting feature Saturday is the $90,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes
with Liaison, a scratch from last Sunday’s $1 million TVG Pacific
Classic, heading a field of nine going one mile on the main track. His
foes will be Summer Hit, Wilkinson, Soi Phet, Clubhouse Ride, Lucky
Primo, Batti Man, Sky Kingdom and Hawk’s Eyes.