08/12/2011 4:13PM

Del Mar: Summer Soiree making trip for Oaks

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Summer Soiree, with Gabriel Saez up, wins the Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The lure of a Grade 1 stakes on firm turf has led Summer Soiree from Maryland to California for the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks next Saturday.

The winner of the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park by 8 1/2 lengths on June 25 in her turf debut, Summer Soiree will make her second start in a Grade 1 in the Del Mar Oaks, having finished 10th in the Kentucky Oaks in May.

“The timing is very good, and I think firm turf is appealing,” trainer Graham Motion said from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Friday. “You never know what you’ll have to run on here. There’s a lot of upside.”

Another upside is not facing the multiple stakes winner Winter Memories in the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

The Del Mar Oaks is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, and could give Summer Soiree her first win at the level. She will be ridden by Gabriel Saez and will face a strong field expected to include Nereid and Cambina, the dead-heat winners of the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park last month, and Up In Time, the winner of the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes here on July 24.

Owned by the Team Valor International syndicate, Summer Soiree has won 4 of 10 stars and $221,680. She won the Grade 3 Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park in March before the Kentucky Oaks, a win that led to her being bought privately by Team Valor.

Night Tide sidelined

Night Tide, who finished fifth in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds on Aug. 14, has been sidelined with a bone chip in a knee, trainer Bob Baffert.

Night Tide is expected to be sidelined for 60 days. Owned by Peachtree Stable, Night Tide has one victory in three starts, a maiden race at Hollywood Park in June. In his stakes debut, Night Tide was third in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship last month.

Apprentice out until fall

Apprentice jockey Kennel Pellot will be sidelined until the fall after suffering a fractured wrist in a spill in Wednesday’s eighth race.

Pellot, 18, made his California debut on Wednesday. He was racing on the inside aboard Good Mojo in a maiden claimer over 5 1/2 furlongs when he fell from the left side of the horse after his foot slipped from an iron, according to his agent, R.C. Ebanks.

Pellot claims seven pounds as an apprentice and has won 37 races in his career. During his recovery, he is expected to visit family in Puerto Rico.

$500K filly making debut

Eileen’s Dream, a Bernardini filly purchased for $500,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale of 2-year-olds in-training in March, makes her debut in a maiden special weight race over 5 1/2 furlongs in Sunday’s sixth race.

Owned by CRK Stable, Eileen’s Dream, who has shown quick workouts in recent weeks, will break from post 2 in a field of 12.

“I wish I was drawn a little more outside,” said John Sadler, who trains Eileen’s Dream. “She’s promising. We’re hoping she’s a prospect.”