09/02/2011 1:49PM

Del Mar: Sugarinthemorning gets two-turn test in Torrey Pines


DEL MAR, Calif. − After winning three of her last four starts in sprints, Sugarinthemorning makes her career debut around two turns in Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar.

The one-mile Torrey Pines Stakes could present the quick Sugarinthemorning with an ideal scenario − a small field without a clear front-runner.

Owned by Stephen Weissman and Samantha Clement and trained by Ron McAnally, Sugarinthemorning won the Fleet Treat Stakes over seven furlongs here July 30, leading throughout in a modest pace. Patrick Valenzuela was aboard for that race and has the mount in the Torrey Pines Stakes, which drew a field of six.

“The way she rated the last time showed that she wanted to run longer,” McAnally said. “It’s a short field. We’ve been trying to slow her works down so he won’t have to wrestle her.”

Sugarinthemorning is the most accomplished filly in the field, having won 5 of 9 starts and $227,834. Her main rivals are Cathy’s Crunches, who was second in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita in March but only sixth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 30; and Great Hot, who was third in the Sandy Blue Handicap on turf here Aug 19.

Trained by A.C. Avila, Great Hot makes her synthetic track debut in the Torrey Pines Stakes. She has won 2 of 4 starts, with the wins coming on dirt tracks in Brazil last October and at Santa Anita in March.