By virtue of a 3 ¼-length victory, at odds of nearly 14-1, in her
June 26 racing debut, Woebegon was made the favorite 20 days later in
the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park. And, she ran fourth of six in
the $100,000, 6-furlong event, beaten 4 ¼ lengths by Killer Graces.
Looking back, trainer Peter Miller now calls the decision to run in
the Landaluce a mistake. But looking ahead, it’s one that the 2-year-old
Saint Anddan filly can delete from the memories of many with a victory
Saturday in the $250,000, Grade I, 7-furlong Del Mar Debutante.
“I think we belong,” Miller said in a teleconference earlier this
week. “She was even-money in the Landaluce and she bounced. I probably
shouldn’t have run her back in three weeks. She ran a big number on the
sheets and an 84 Beyer (in the debut win) and I think, in hindsight, I
should have passed up the Landaluce and run in the Sorrento.
“Since I didn’t do that, it really forced me to pass up the Sorrento and train her up to the Debutante.”
The Debutante, which determines the juvenile filly champion of the
meeting, attracted a field of 10 which includes only one from the
Debutante-prep $150,000, Grade III , 6 ½-furlong Sorrento Stakes on
August 5. That would be Landaluce winner Killer Graces, who failed as
the even-money Sorrento favorite and finished fourth of six, never
recovering from a bobble at the start.
Woebegon, owned by the Jay Em Ess Stable of Mace and Samantha Siegel,
has worked five times over Del Mar’s Polytrack surface, at distances
of 3-6 furlongs. She’ll be one of three Debutante starters without a
race over the track, the others being Ben Cecil-trained Self
Preservation, whose two starts were in Ireland, and Jeff
Bonde-conditioned Coup de Coeur, whose three career starts were in
Five in the Debutante are entered off victories over the track, among
them Dreamcaster, a Bernardini filly trained by six-time Debutante
winner and Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Dreamcaster, a debuting winner on
August 7, was the only one of 12 Debutante nominees by Baffert to be
entered in the race. John Sadler, who won the 2010 Debutante with Tell a
Kelly and nominated 23 for 2011, is without a starter. Jerry
Hollendorfer, who nominated 20, will saddle Killer Graces.