Del Mar’s Sorrento Draws Seven
By Margaret Ransom
California’s road to the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) gets underway on Saturday when seven 2-year-old fillies race 6 ½ furlongs in the 32nd running of the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (GII), the traditional prep for the Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 2.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert put his ownership stamp on the race a long time ago, saddling Soviet Sojourn to victory in 1991 and adding six more — Batroyale (1995), Silverbulletday (1998), Chilukki (1999), Inspiring (2004), Executiveprivilege (2012) and Pretty N Cool (2015).
This year, Baffert will tighten the girth on Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd’s Diamondsandpearls in her first start since breaking her maiden at first asking by 6 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita a month ago. The $1.7 million daughter of Congrats has done everything right since she began her career back in May, which is what every owner hopes any horse will do, especially one picked up for seven figures.
She’s coming off a really nice work earlier this week and she owns some serious figures for a once-raced juvenile, and the Bob Baffert-Mike Smith combo has never been hotter. She’s speedy and will have company early, so she will need to show she can handle the pressure on the front end to give Baffert his seventh Sorrento score.
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