Baffert Seeks Eighth Del Mar Debutante Win
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By Emily Shields for TVG
A field of eight juvenile fillies will line up Saturday for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1), a seven-furlong contest that is the crowning jewel for the division at Del Mar each year. Trainer Bob Baffert has won the race seven times, including with champion Chilukki in 1999, but not since 2012 with Executiveprivilege. He has two chances to add to that tally here.
Stellar Sound, by Tapit, breaks from the outside. The gray filly, a homebred for the Con Alberto Stable, broke her maiden over six furlongs on August 18. She goes from Drayden Van Dyke to Mike Smith, who most recently won this race aboard the great champion Songbird. Stellar Sound’s dam is the royally-bred Siren Serenade, whose dam is millionaire and multiple grade 1 winner Versailles Treaty. Siren Serenade’s 2012 foal Luminance broke her maiden at Del Mar in 2014 but was unable to run in the Del Mar Debutante; she ultimately ran second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
Stellar Sound’s stablemate, Bast, is still a maiden after missing on debut behind 5-2 choice Inspiressa here August 11. Bast was a $500,000 yearling purchase by Uncle Mo, and will have Van Dyke in the irons.
John Sadler trains Inspiressa, an $850,000 daughter of The Big Beast. The Florida-bred filly scored by a length and a half over Bast in that maiden event, leading throughout. Victor Espinoza will be back in the irons on the Hronis Racing runner; the trainer-owner combination has eight stakes wins at the meet so far.
Leucothea will draw a lot of support off a zippy maiden victory August 15 at the $62,500 level. Peter Miller trains the daughter of Midshipman, whose victory came by 14 ½ lengths over the nearest rival in 1:03.89. That was her second start; first out, Leucothea found trouble in a five-furlong dash at Ellis Park and ran seventh. The horse she beat that day, Greg’s Diva, came back to win here last week.
Jay Em Ess Stable’s Pure Xena was visually impressive on July 20 when breaking her maiden by 11 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Warrior’s Reward cost $370,000 but made it look worthwhile when winning for trainer Brian Koriner. None of her rivals that day have run since, but she has four steady workouts to ready for this event and will show speed here.
Comical has something to prove after winning a grade 3 at Saratoga in the mud, then running last in the grade 2 Sorrento here August 3. Doug O’Neill trains the daughter of Into Mischief, who was beaten a dozen lengths by winner Amalfi Sunrise that day. That rival is not here for this event. Stablemate Lazy Daisy and the Peter Eurton-trained Powerfulattraction round out the field.
The 2019 Del Mar Debutante can be viewed live on TVG.
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