Headed by stakes winner Dirty Diana, a field of eight 2-year-old fillies is set to go postward in Saturday's 35th running of the grade II, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar.Dirty Diana comes to the race from a smashing victory in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes July 25 at the seashore. The Bob Baffert-trained Cal-bred daughter of Flying Continental will be taking on six other winners in the field and a maiden, who finished no better than sixth in three tries.The other winners are Cherished Destiny and Absolute Nectar, who will run uncoupled from the barn of Doug O'Neill; Solar Fire, trained by Jenine Sahadi; Madam Bahri and Wind Flow, uncoupled by trainer Caesar Dominguez, and Tizdubai, trained by Eoin Harty.
The non-winner in the race is Fabulous Bonus. So why would trainer D. Wayne Baker want to run his maiden filly against winners, including a stakes winner? "I feel good about running here," the trainer said. "I'm just trying to go for the distance, for the [furlongs]. I'm sure there'll be a lot of fast fillies in there and maybe they'll burn each other out and we'll come in there and get some money."Maybe even win? "That would be nice," he said. "We did it last year. Not this race, but another race." Baker's maiden, Miss Nicolie, whipped a field of 2-year-old fillies in last season's Generous Portion Stakes at the seaside.