Florent Geroux aboard Shedaresthedevil in the winner's circle after the 2021 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
The highlight race of the second Sunday of Del Mar's summer meeting is the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Distaff under the Challenge Series program. Conditions were excellent in San Diego County with cloudy skies and temperatueres in the mid 70s. After Clockstrikestwelve and Warren's Showtime scratched, just 5 of the original 7 entrants went to post, with Azeri (G20 and La Troienne Stakes (G1) winner Shedaresthedevil sent off as the 6-5 favorite off her third place finish in the Ogden Phipps (G1). In to challenge her included 3-2 second choice As Time Goes By, winner of the Santa Margarita (G2) and Santa Maria (G2), and 2-1 third choice Venetian Harbor, winner of the Monrovia (G2) after disappointing 8th in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).
Shedaresthedevil leads down the stretch in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Jockey Mario Gutierrez sent Venetian Harbor to a clear lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.30, 47.21, and 1:11.77 while pressed by Shedaresthedevil and stalked by 27-1 Paige Anne. Turning for home, jockey Florent Geroux sent Shedaresthedevil to challenge and she took over through 1 mile in 1:38.33. Kept to task by Geroux, Shedaresthedevil drew off late to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Venetian Harbor in 1:45.38. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Paige Anne third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Shedaresthedevil Geroux 4.60 2.60 2.60 6 Venetian Harbor Gutierrez 3.20 3.60 4 Paige Anne Prat 5.80 Winning Time: 1:45.38 $1 Exacta 7-6 6.40 $1 Trifecta 7-6-4 33.40 $1 Superfecta 7-6-4-3 41.00Results Chart
Left: Shedaresthedevil heads back to the barn. Eric Gary, assistant to winning trainer Brad Cox said, "We sat right off the lead, nice, calm and relaxed and when it was time to go she showed up like she was supposed to. We had a good stalking position and when I saw they went the half in :47, I thought we were going to be OK. Being around her this morning, I had a really good feeling that she was going to run big today. She flies back tomorrow (to Kentucky) with some other horses and then I guess she'll be back in November."
Right: Shedaresthedevil in the post parade. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "I'm very pleased. The idea was to get her to break alertly, then get a good spot. That's exactly what happened. She ran her race today and she's very good when she does. I'd have to say she's up there with the best mares I've ever ridden. And his is her third Grade 1 win. And the fact that she showed she can run well on the track where the Breeders' Cup will be held, that's a good thing, too."
Left: Second place finisher Venetian Harbor in the paddock before the race. The Richard Baltas trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 0 thirds in 10 starts, earning $693,400 for owners Ciaglia Racing, Highland Yard, River Oak Farm, and Domenic Savides.
Right: Third place finisher Paige Anne in the paddock. The Simon Callaghan trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 6 thirds in 12 starts, earning $154,600 for owners Elie Feghali, Lori Feghali, Kimberly Mathiesen, and Mathiesen Racing.
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