08/25/2013 2:17PM

Del Mar notes: She's a Tiger gets blinkers for Del Mar Debutante

Shigeki Kikkawa
She's a Tiger, the winner of the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last month, will wear blinkers in Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – She’s a Tiger will wear blinkers in a race for the first time in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.

Trainer Jeff Bonde said Sunday that She’s a Tiger was comfortable with the additional equipment when she worked six furlongs in 1:12 last Friday, the fastest of 10 works at the distance.

“She responded well with them,” he said. “It was her best work.”

Owned by a partnership of Mark DeDomenico, Allen Aldrich, Lisa Hernandez, and Stuart Downey, She’s a Tiger is one of three stakes winners in a probable field of eight.

She’s a Tiger has won 2 of 3 starts and earned $135,650. She won her first two starts, including the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 13, before finishing second by a half-length to Debutante hopeful Concave in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs Aug. 7.

She’s a Tiger had the lead in that race but was caught in the final furlong. Despite the setback, Bonde thinks she will handle the longer distance in the seven-furlong Debutante.

“The way she worked the other day, she’ll go on,” he said.

The other stakes winner expected for the Debutante is Sprouts, who won the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes for California-breds here July 19.

The likely favorite is the maiden race winner Awesome Baby, trained by Bob Baffert. Awesome Baby won her debut over 5 1/2 furlongs by 4 3/4 lengths Aug. 4. On Sunday, Awesome Baby worked six furlongs in 1:11, the fastest of 25 recorded works at the distance.

Other candidates for the Debutante are the maiden race winners Bajan, Secret Compass, and Spring Moon and the maiden Southern Sunshine.

The Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante is for 2-year-old fillies and is a key race in the buildup to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Last year, Executiveprivilege beat Beholder by a nose in the Debutante. Beholder and Executiveprivilege were later first and second in the BC Juvenile Fillies.

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Indy Point resumes training

Indy Point, the winner of the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar on July 24 but last as the favorite in the Arlington Million on Aug. 17, has resumed galloping.

Trainer Richard Mandella said Indy Point emerged from the Arlington Million “with banged-up front feet” but was well enough to start training over the weekend.

A winner of 6 of 14 starts, including three Group 1 races in Argentina last year, Indy Point is a candidate for two Grade 2 turf stakes at Santa Anita – the John Henry Turf Championship on Sept. 29 or the City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5.