08/28/2013 3:38PM

Del Mar: Reddam supplements pair to Debutante

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Concave will be the only graded stakes winner in the Del Mar Debutante field.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Owner Paul Reddam is paying extra to get his fillies Concave and Sprouts in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.

When entries were taken Wednesday, the Reddam-owned fillies were supplemented for $10,000 to the Grade 1 race for 2-year-old fillies over seven furlongs. They have already paid their way.

Sprouts, bred by Reddam in California, won the $100,250 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes for California-bred fillies on July 19, her second consecutive stakes win and third straight victory. She is trained by Edward Freeman.

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Concave, purchased by Reddam for $160,000 as a 2-year-old in training in Florida in March, is unbeaten in two starts – a maiden race on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 12 and the $150,500 Sorrento Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on Del Mar’s Polytrack synthetic surface Aug. 7.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Concave closed from fourth to win the Sorrento Stakes by a half-length, suggesting that the seven-furlong distance of the Del Mar Debutante will be within her range.

“As we go a little farther, I think she’ll be better,” O’Neill said. “We feel pretty good about it.”

Concave will be the only graded stakes winner in the Debutante field. She faces one other rival from the Grade 2 Sorrento in runner-up She’s a Tiger. The other projected starters are the maiden race winners Awesome Baby, Bajan, and Secret Compass and the maidens Fascinating and Southern Sunshine.

Awesome Baby, trained by Bob Baffert, is expected to go favored, having won a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs by 4 3/4 lengths Aug. 4.

O’Neill is looking toward the Debutante as further proof that Concave is among the top fillies on the circuit. He has already seen her make a successful transition from turf to the synthetic track.

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“She broke her maiden on the grass impressively,” O’Neill said. “To be unbeaten on two surfaces is a good thing. I think she’s versatile. She can do about anything.”