Del Mar Debutante draws seven budding stars

A field of seven two-year-old fillies takes center stage on the final Saturday of the Del Mar meet in the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante. Going as the program’s ninth race, post time is estimated at 9:00 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

#4 CHAMPAGNE ROOM is the 2-1 favorite and the most likely winner of the seven-furlong Debutante. She ran second in her debut then managed to win the Grade II Sorrento Stakes over this course last month. #1 MISS SOUTHERN MISS (8-1) was in that field but was no match for CHAMPAGNE ROOM down the stretch. The extra 1/16th of a mile should only help CHAMPAGNE ROOM, who maintains the services of Mario Gutierrez aboard.

The horse she’ll have to be most wary of is #3 AMERICAN CLEOPATRA (5-2), the full sister of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. She was sent off at a generous 7-1 in her debut but won with ease despite the works saying she might need a start (even her full brother failed to win his debut). Rafael Bejarano takes over today for Bob Baffert, and the added ground should be no problem for her.

#2 MORGANITE (7-2) seems like a good alternative if you’re looking for a bit of value. She actually beat CHAMPAGNE ROOM to break her maiden going five furlongs in the opening week of the Del Mar meet, and has trained up to this. Picking up two extra furlongs at once seems like a stiff test, but she put up a solid six-furlong breeze to prep for this. Victor Espinoza and John Sadler have both been riding a hot hand at the meet, so MORGANITE is tough to leave out.

#5 NOTED AND QUOTED (7-2) is the last of the main contenders. Going as the “other Baffert,” She’ll lose Bejarano today in favor of Mike Smith, who’s been on a massive cold streak (2-for-50 at Del Mar), but her maiden breaker at six furlongs was very strong; a runaway nine-length win.

The play: $5 trifecta 3,4/3,4/2 ($10)

DFJ analysis: Rafael Bejarano ($10,000) has mounts in all 11 races at Del Mar this Saturday, and the highest-priced horse he’ll ride all day is an 8-1 Baffert trainee. He seems impossible to leave out, especially with a good mount like AMERICAN CLEOPATRA in the Debutante.

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