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2013 Del Mar Debutante

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Gary Stevens cools off She's a Tiger after winning the 2013 Del Mar Debutante
Date: 08/31/2013

The $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) on Saturday features the top 2-year-old fillies on the west coast sprinting 7 furlongs on the Polytrack at Del Mar. TYhe 36,895 on hand enjoyed a warm day at the oceanside oval, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 80's. Awesome Baby, a debut winner by 4 3/4 lengths, was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 8. In to challenge her included 9-2 second choice She's a Tiger, a close second in the Sorrento (G2) after winning the Landaluce, and 5-1 third choice Concave, undefeated in 2 starts including the Sorrento.
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She's a Tiger leads in the stretch

Awesome Baby and She's a Tiger dueled for the early lead exiting the chute and down the backstretch through fractions of 22.39 and 44.81 while as many as 5 lengths clear of the rest of the field. Entering the stretch, Awesome Baby tired allowing She's a Tiger to inherit a 2 1/2 length lead through 3/4 in 1:09.58. 6-1 fourth choice Fascinating, last after 1/2 a mile and almost 10 lengths back, rallied late but She's a Tiger held her off by 1/2 a length in 1:22.71. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Concave third, while favorite Awesome Baby was seventh.
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Pgm  Horse               Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 6   She's a Tiger       Stevens       11.00   5.40  3.80
 2   Fascinating         Smith                 6.60  4.60
 3   Concave             Valenzuela                  3.60

Winning Time:  1:22.71

$1 Exacta 6-2                34.80
$2 Quinella 6-2              35.00
$1 Trifecta 6-2-3           163.40
$1 Superfecta 6-2-3-8     1,056.60
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horse racinghorse racingLeft: She's a Tiger in the winner's circle. Trainer Jeff Bonde said, "The blinkers definitely made a difference today. She was dominant over horses up north, but when we came down here she was kind of pricking her ears and looking around. She got stronger and when we added those she got more focused. She was very professional in the paddock. A lot of Tale of the Cats can get a little hot but she's got such great mentality and I'm really pleased with her." She will start next in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

Right: She's a Tiger heads into the paddock. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "She got a flyer away from there, but she settled pretty well. But then when we got near the three-quarters pole, she wanted to duck in on me. Seems a lot of horses have been trying to do that at the meet. She was swapping leads on me, but she was running strong. You're going to think I'm crazy, but I think she'll be better going two turns, where I could drop her head and let her just get into a high gallop like Winning Colors. She's got a stride on her a mile long and I think she'd love to go on."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Fascinating in the post parade. Jockey Mike Smith said, "Her race was just incredible. She's only going 7/8 here; just wait until we go two turns. (She's a Tiger) had more seasoning on her today, but further on down the line I think it'll be a different story."

Right: Third place finisher Concave in the paddock. Jockey Pat Valenzuela said, "A very good effort on her part. I'm really happy with her try."

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Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Awesome Baby in the paddock before the race. Jockey Martin Garcia said, "I guess she didn't like all that pressure up front. I know she didn't like getting bumped by the winner going around there."

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Summer Hit wins the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes (G2)

The first stakes race on Del Mar Debutante day was the $90,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes for older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the Polytrack. Sky Kingdom was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 7 over 11-4 second choice Liaison and 3-1 third choice Clubhouse Ride.
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4-1 fourth choice Summer Hit battled for the early lead with 7-1 Wilkinson and 16-1 Batti Man through fractions of 23.19, 46.29, and 1:10.30. Entering the stretch, Summer Hit gained a length advantage through 7/8 in 1:22.48, and pulled away to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Wilkinson in 1:34.99. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Liaison third, and another 1 1/2 to late-running favorite Sky Kingdom fourth.

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