Sorrento Stakes (Grade II)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013
MARIO GUTIERREZ (Concave, winner) – “She’s a nice filly and she ran nicely today. I think she’ll go on, too. The way she trains and the way she runs says she should have no problem going further. I am so happy when I win a race for Mr. (J. Paul) Reddam and Doug (O’Neill). They were the ones who got me started down here. But you have to know I’m happy anytime I win a race here. This is a special place and I want to be one of the leading riders here. So anytime I win a race, it is special. It all feels good.”
FRANK ALVARADO (She’s a Tiger, second) – “She ran her race and she ran well. The other filly (Concave) was just better today. We’ll live to fight another day.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX (Stop Smiling, third) – “It was a good race for her, especially when you consider it was only her second start. She broke well and ran well. And I think the farther they go, the better she’ll like it.”
DOUG O’NEILL (Concave, winner) -- “It was like I was Alaska there, our barn was very frigid (2 for 44 for the meet before Wednesday). But we kept the faith, kept taking good care of them and kept leading them over here and hoping to break through. And we broke through today (three wins). (Concave) could be very special if she stays healthy. The Debutante is next, that’s the plan.”
SPLITS: :22.24 :45.65 1:11.05 1:17.45
The stakes win was the first in the Sorrento for Gutierrez, but his second of the meet. He now has two stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the second in the Sorrento for O’Neill and his second of the meeting. He now has 20 stakes wins at Del Mar.
J. Paul Reddam, who was winning his second stakes of the meet, lives in Laguna Beach, CA.