Shedaresthedevil Invades Del Mar for Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Victory

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Shedaresthedevil powered clear to win the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 1 at Del Mar to earn a starting spot in the Nov. 6 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Shedaresthedevil, favored at odds of 1.30-1, turned in a perfect dress rehearsal for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the $300,000, Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 1.

Trainer Brad Cox had shipped the 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks winner to Del Mar for the Clement Hirsch to give the filly a prep on the track where this year’s Breeders’ Cup will be held. As an added benefit, the race gave Shedaresthedevil a “Win & You’re In” berth to the Nov. 6 Distaff.

Shedaresthedevil (Eclipse Sportswire)

Three-time graded stakes winner Venetian Harbor, the 2.10-1 third choice, sped to the lead when the gates opened. Second-choice As Time Goes By, on the rail after the scratches of Warren’s Showtime and Clockstrikestwelve, bobbled slightly, which put her last early.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Shedaresthedevil came out well from the outside post in the five-horse field and quickly angled into a good position in third, just outside and on the hip of Venetian Harbor. Longshot Paige Anne raced in second along the rail.

Venetian Harbor clocked the first quarter-mile in :23.30 and a half-mile in :47.21. Before the field reached the second turn, she started to edge away. Shedaresthedevil closed the gap almost immediately, however, ranging up to head Venetian Harbor just before the quarter-pole.

Venetian Harbor succeeded in staying with Shedaresthedevil for several strides into the stretch, but ultimately Shedaresthedevil had too much in reserve. Shedaresthedevil easily pulled away to win by 3 1/4 lengths, completing 1 1/16 miles on the fast track in 1:45.38.

“The idea was to get her to break alertly, then get a good spot,” Geroux said. “That’s exactly what happened. She ran her race today, and she’s very good when she does.”

Venetian Harbor finished second, another 3 1/4 lengths in front of Paige Anne.

Shedaresthedevil paid $4.60, $2.60, and $2.60. Venetian Harbor returned $3.20 and $3.60, and Paige Anne paid $5.80.

Eric Gary, an assistant to Cox, saddled Shedaresthedevil for the ownership group of Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing, and Big Aut Farms.

“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,” Gary said. “Being around her this morning, I had a really good feeling that she was going to run big today.”

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Daredevil out of Starship Warpspeed, by Congrats, Shedaresthedevil won her third Grade 1, following last year’s Kentucky Oaks and the April 30 La Troienne Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com. Both of those races were at her home base of Churchill Downs. In her most recent effort, Shedaresthedevil ran third in the June 5 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park, behind winner Letruska .

Though the Hirsch gave Cox, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer of 2020, an indication of how Shedaresthedevil might do in the Breeders’ Cup, the filly had raced at Del Mar before. In the care of trainer Simon Callaghan as a 2-year-old in 2019, she ran third in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at the Southern California track.

WinStar Farm bred Shedaresthedevil, who has gone through the sales ring three times. Flurry Racing Stables purchased her for $280,000 from consignor Hunter Valley Farm at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The filly is from the first crop of Daredevil, and she is a half sister to Mojovation, who finished third in the 2017 Futurity Stakes at Belmont.

Gary said that Shedaresthedevil, an earner of $2,047,318 from an 8-2-4 record in 15 starts, is scheduled to fly back to Cox’s Kentucky base Aug. 2.

“Then, I guess she’ll be back in November,” he said.

2021 Clement L. Hirsch S.
August 1st, 2021

Winning Time: 1:45.38
  • Purse: $300,000
  • Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo's & up
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:45.38
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
7 Shedaresthedevil
$4.60
$2.60
$2.60
2nd
6 Venetian Harbor
$3.20
$3.60
4th
3 As Time Goes By
5th
5 Cover Version
  • Breeder / Godolphin
Scratches
Payoff
Pick 3
12-2-7
12-2-7
$34
Daily Double
2-7
2-7
$23
Exacta
7-6
7-6
$6
Quinella
6-7
6-7
$6
Superfecta
7-6-4-3
7-6-4-3
$4
Trifecta
7-6-4
7-6-4
$17
Payoff
Pick 3
12-2-7
12-2-7
$34
Daily Double
2-7
2-7
$23
Exacta
7-6
7-6
$6
Quinella
6-7
6-7
$6
Superfecta
7-6-4-3
7-6-4-3
$4
Trifecta
7-6-4
7-6-4
$17

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