Del Mar Debutante (Grade I)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013
GARY STEVENS (She’s a Tiger, winner) – “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 (the filly he won the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby with). She’s got a stride on her a mile long and I think she’d love to go on.”
MIKE SMITH (Fascinating, second) – “Her race was just incredible. She’s only going seven eighths here; just wait until we go two turns. That other mare (winner She’s a Tiger) had more seasoning on her today, but further on down the line I think it’ll be a different story.”
PATRICK VALENZUELA (Concave, third) – “A very good effort on her part. I’m really happy with her try.”
JOE TALAMO (Secret Compass, fourth) – “A good trip and a good try on her part.”
GARRETT GOMEZ (Southern Sunshine, fifth) – “It was a good race for her. A good learning experience.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA (Bajan, sixth) – “She didn’t run her race today. I don’t know why. Maybe the heat. She’s a baby; they bounce back.”
MARTIN GARCIA (Awesome Baby, seventh) – “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.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ (Sprouts, eighth) – “She was in a good spot, but she just ran out of gas.”
JEFF BONDE (She’s a Tiger, winner) -- “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. "
SPLITS: :22.39 :44.81 1:09.58 1:22.71
The stakes win was Stevens’ third of the meet and fifth in the Debutante, tying Bill Shoemaker for most wins in the race. He now has 82 stakes wins at Del Mar, seventh-most among all riders.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Bonde and his first in the Debutante. He now has eight stakes wins at Del Mar. Bonde won his first Grade I race at Del Mar in 2010 when he took the Bing Crosby Stakes with Smiling Tiger, a half-brother to She’s a Tiger.
She’s a Tiger is owned by Dr. Mark DeDomenico of Bellvue, WA; Allen Aldrich of Pleasanton, CA; Stuart Downey of San Mateo, CA, and Lisa Hernandez.