08/18/2011 4:05PM

Del Mar: Sorrento winner Mighty Caroline injured

Benoit & Associates
Mighty Caroline, with Joel Rosario riding, wins the Sorrento.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Mighty Caroline, winner of the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar on Aug. 5, recently had a strained suspensory diagnosed and may be retired, trainer Melody Conlon said on Thursday.

Mighty Caroline was a candidate for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 4 when the injury was detected. Owned by breeder John Liviakis, Mighty Caroline has won 2 of 3 starts and $140,000, with the loss a second-place finish in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park last month.

Conlon said that she and Liviakis are considering retiring Mighty Caroline and breeding her next year, instead of waiting approximately nine months to find out whether the filly has sufficiently recovered to resume racing.

“John and I have to talk about it,” she said. “If she can’t come back to the level she is, we don’t want to put her through that. We’re leaning toward retiring her.”

The absence of Mighty Caroline leaves the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs without a standout. Landaluce Stakes winner Killer Graces is scheduled to start in the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 4.

The candidates for the Del Mar Debutante include Candrea, Coup de Coeur, Dreamcaster, Emerald Gold, River Kiss, Self Preservation, Weemissfrankie, and Woebegon.

Sidney’s Candy brother debuting

Sweet Swap, a 2-year-old full brother to the multiple stakes winner Sidney’s Candy, makes his career debut in a strong $63,000 maiden special weight race over 5 1/2 furlongs on Saturday.

My Best Brother, a full-brother to the Grade 1 stakes winner Stormello, drew the outside in a field of nine that includes two colts trained by Bob Baffert – Castaway (a $435,000 yearling purchase last year) and Sky Kingdom (a $180,000 weanling purchase in 2009).

Sweet Swap is trained by John Sadler, who had Sidney’s Candy in his stable until the 4-year-old was sold privately earlier this summer and sent to Todd Pletcher. Sweet Swap, owned by breeder Jenny Craig, has shown a series of quick works in recent weeks, though Sadler tempered his expectations for Saturday’s race.

“I think he’s a nice horse,” Sadler said on Thursday. “But I’m not all out the first time. It’s important to get a race into the babies down here. What you don’t want to do is not get a race and sit out Pomona.”

The Del Mar meeting runs through Sept. 7. The Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park in September runs from Sept. 9-25 before the Santa Anita Autumn meeting starts on Sept. 30.

Disputed filly in Oaks entries

Singapore Lilly, a 3-year-old filly who is the subject of a lawsuit between the Tattersalls sales company of England against California-based owner Jeffrey DeHaven, is entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Oaks.

The filly cost approximately $344,000 last December, but Tattersalls has alleged that DeHaven has not fully paid for the filly. Singapore Lilly has started twice in the United States, the most recent of which was an eighth in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park last month.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said that he was contacted by Tattersalls officials who asked him not to start Singapore Lilly on Saturday.

“They don’t want me to run,” Cassidy said. “I said, ‘Mr. DeHaven is the owner until someone of authority tells me otherwise. Why take it out on the horse?’ ”