Peter Moehrke, Rafter JR Ranch and STD Racing's WICKEDLY PERFECT (Congrats) rated close to a blistering pace, took over when the speed collapsed past the quarter pole, and had enough left to fend off challengers from the back to land the $150,000 Sorrento S. (G3) at Del Mar on Friday night. Under Rafael Bejarano, the near 6-1 fourth choice was clear by a length at the wire and completed 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack in 1:17.
Dawnie Macho (Macho Uno) and 9-5 favorite Final Mesa (Sky Mesa) traded leads through splits of :21 4/5 and :44 4/5, while Wickedly Perfect tracked in third only a length or less behind. In tight between those two down the backside, Wickedly Perfect was forced to move outside the top pair to make her bid and surged ahead at the top of the stretch as that pair faded. From the back of the field, A Z Warrior (Bernardini) and Izshelegal (Maria's Mon) made late runs but saw their rallies fall short. A Z Warrior edged Izshelegal by a head for the place, with the 22-1 She'll Heir (Wildcat Heir) 1 1/4 lengths behind in fourth.
Wickedly Perfect paid $13.80, $4.80 and $3.20, while the 3-1 A Z Warrior gave back $5.40 and $3.80. Izshelegal, also 3-1, returned $3. The $1 exotics were worth $26.70 (exacta), $101.30 (trifecta) and $709 (7-3-4-1 superfecta). Belleofthebridle (Yes It's True) was a non-factor in finishing fifth and was followed by Final Mesa and Dawnie Macho. Alienation (Rock Hard Ten) was scratched.
"She's a beautiful filly," trainer Doug O'Neill said of Wickedly Perfect. "Rafael was up pretty close early, and when I saw the fast fractions I figured Rafael must feel like he's really loaded."
For Bejarano, it was the fourth win from six mounts on the Del Mar card.
A 4 3/4-length debut winner on June 27 at Hollywood Park, Wickedly Perfect has now bankrolled $114,600. Bred in Florida by Y-Lo Racing Stables, Wickedly Perfect was purchased for $70,000 as an OBS April two-year-old in training. She was produced by Wickedly Wise (Tactical Cat), a half-sister to the stakes-winning producer Cayman Sunset (Wolf Power [SAf]), the dam of Grade 3 winner Sailors Sunset and the stakes winner Sailor's Sunset, both by Petionville. This is the family of Grade 2 winner North Sea (Nearctic).