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Sorrento Preview: Get On the Bus Stands a Strong Chance in Debut
Concave winning the 2013 Sorrento for the same connections as Get On the Bus (Credit: Benoit Photo)

Sorrento Preview: Get On the Bus Stands a Strong Chance in Debut

DEL MAR, CA – Reddam Racing’s Get On the Bus stands as strong a chance as anyone while making her career debut in Friday’s $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar.

The Sorrento is a 6-furlong dirt sprint restricted to 2-year-old fillies. This year’s edition attracted a field of seven and will go off at 5:30 PM Pacific as the penultimate event on a nine-race card.

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Here is a look at the full field for the Sorrento:

1. Get On the Bus 5/1 – The Uncle Mo filly has a tough task ahead of her, debuting against experienced runners who have all found success on the track, but she has a win-early pedigree and carries the weight of a $340k price tag. Additionally, Reddam Racing teamed with Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez to win this event in 2013 with Concave (above), so don’t be surprised if she outruns her lack of expertise.

2. September Secret 2/1 – The only runner with racing experience over the local strip, she trounced her fellow California-bred fillies by over 7 lengths while running for a $50k tag. This is a bigger class test, but her success here cannot be discounted, nor can the field-best 68 Beyer speed figure that she earned for her victory.

3. Exchange Vows 12/1 – She, too, broke her maiden while running for a $50k tag against California-bred fillies, winning her debut by 3 lengths on July 2. Trainer Sal Gonzalez and jockey Assael Espinoza have won 4 of 10 shared mounts with a $5.68 ROI since 2019, indicating that they’re used to surprising bettors sharp enough to bet them.

4. My Girl Red 3/1 – She showed enough talent in the mornings to attract the west coast’s leading jockey Flavien Prat to hop aboard for her debut, which she won impressively by over 4 lengths. Though unraced since that June 14 event at Santa Anita Park, she has worked well over the local strip and Prat retaining the mount is a big positive.

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5. Trip to Seoul 8/1 – The first of three entries trained and co-owned by James Chapman, she broke her maiden at Mountaineer on July 15 after failing to finish within 13 lengths of the winner in 2 starts at Churchill Downs. She attracted aggressive gate jockey Edwin Maldonado to ride, so look for her to try blazing an early path.

6. Scaterra 4/1 – The second of three from Chapman, she is the only stable representative who won her debut, walloping her rivals by 7 lengths over the Arlington Park synthetic main track on July 25. Umberto Rispoli agreed to ride as he continues his battle for top spot in the jockey standings during his first Del Mar summer meet.

7. Scat’s Choice 8/1 – The third Chapman flag-bearer may have finally figured things out in her third and most recent start when she posted a strong 3 3/4-length score at Belterra Park last month. She earned a career-best 60 Beyer speed figure for her victory, a number that towers over all but one of her rivals.

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