08/03/2011 2:47PM

Del Mar: Killer Graces can't wait

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Benoit & Associates
Killer Graces, with Joe Talamo riding, wins the Landaluce.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Killer Graces seems to have an impatient side.

After she won her second stakes of her three-race career in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 16, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer envisioned waiting for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5.

Killer Graces wants to do more, and is entered in Friday’s $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. The Grade 3 Sorrento is run over 6 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-old fillies and is a key prep for the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

“She’s coming out of her skin,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s assistant.

Killer Graces drew the rail in the Sorrento, which has a field of eight but may not have that many starters. Trainer Walther Solis has entered two stakes-placed fillies – Silent Sue and Willa B Awesome – and said that Silent Sue may not run.

Killer Graces will be favored. Owned by a partnership, she was bought privately after finishing a game second in a maiden race at Hollywood Park on May 1. In her first start for Hollendorfer, Killer Graces won the Cinderella Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs. In both the Cinderella and the Landaluce Stakes, jockey Joe Talamo rode Killer Graces from off the pace, taking the lead in the final furlong.

In the Landaluce Stakes over six furlongs, Killer Graces did not lead until the final sixteenth, finishing a half-length in front of Mighty Caroline, who is part of the Sorrento field.

Ward said the timing of the Sorrento makes for a quick return after the Landaluce, but fits well with the Del Mar Debutante.

“We’ve still got a month,” he said. “It’s 20 days back, but she had 35 days before the Landaluce. You take a chance of her getting hurt working for a race. If she wasn’t training spectacularly, we wouldn’t do it.”

Willa B Awesome finished two lengths behind Killer Graces when third in the Cinderella. Willa B Awesome was then second to Heleonor Rugby in the CTBA Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs here on July 22. Heleonor Rugby is part of the Sorrento field, but Solis is optimistic that Willa Be Awesome can play a role in the outcome with the added distance. He is hoping that jockey Garrett Gomez will keep Willa B Awesome close to the front.

“I think she can improve,” Solis said. “Last time, I think Garrett waited too long. She wasn’t tired when she came back to the barn. I think the distance will be in her favor. We can stretch her out.”

Solis said that he will wait “until the last minute” before deciding whether to start Silent Sue, who was third in the Juan Gonzalez Stakes at Pleasanton on July 2.

Trainer A.C. Avila said after the CTBA Stakes that Heleonor Rugby would not start again until late August. Wednesday, Avila put the filly’s chances of starting on Friday at “80 percent."

“She’s good,” he said. “I didn’t have to work her, just jog and gallop.”