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Concave seeks better trip in Delta Downs Princess

  • Delta Downs Princess candidate Concave (left) handed She's a Tiger a defeat in the Sorrento at Del Mar (Benoit Photos)

Unable to show her true colors in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies earlier this month, Concave will be hoping for better luck against six rivals in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess at one mile.

The Doug O'Neill-trained filly earned a signature win in the August 7 Sorrento at Del Mar, beating She's a Tiger by a half-length. That rival reversed that form in the Del Mar Debutante, beating Concave by 2 1/4 lengths, and then crossed the finish line first in the Breeders' Cup prior to her demotion to second for stretch interference.

While She's a Tiger was offending Ria Antonia near the wire at Santa Anita, jockey Mario Gutierrez had virtually eased Concave after taking the filly up sharply around the far turn in order to avoid the fallen Secret Compass. Hardly a representative effort for Concave, she might have a slight edge in class in the Delta Downs Princess.

Bahnah, a dead-heat winner of the Schuylerville at Saratoga in July, is also out for a little redemption. Much the best in a four-length victory in this race's local prep, the $150,000 My Trusty Cat on October 25, the Bret Calhoun trainee was eventually disqualified and placed fifth for interference in the seven-furlong race. Bahnah will have a rematch here with Synapse, who was elevated to first in the My Trusty Cat for her first official win in three starts.

Miss Behaviour, based at Bowie in Maryland, reeled off three straight to start her career, including the Sorority at Monmouth and the Matron at Belmont. She met defeat for the first time late last month, finishing second in the $95,000 Sharp Cat overnight stakes at Belmont. The Delta Downs Princess marks her first attempt beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

Appreciating will make her dirt debut on Saturday after competing on grass and synthetic at Woodbine. Third in the Natalma on turf two back, the Mark Casse pupil was most recently fifth in the Mazarine when trying Polytrack for the first time.

The field is rounded out by Keeneland graduate Tepin, third as the favorite in the Rags to Riches overnight stakes at Churchill Downs last time, and Kentucky Downs graduate Zip On, who weakened to sixth in last month's Jessamine over the Keeneland turf.

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