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2022 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Field & Odds at Del Mar

Grade 1 Hirsch is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff

A sparkling field of seven fillies and mares – topped by the multi-millionaire and defending champ in the headliner, Shedaresthedevil — will compete for a $400,000 prize and Grade I status Saturday, August 6 at Del Mar Racetrack in the 52nd edition of the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, a mile and one-sixteenth crucible that will go as Race 9 on the day’s 11-race card.

The Hirsch, which is run on the main track, will be followed by the $150,000 California Dreamin’ Stakes, also at a mile and one-sixteenth, but this one held on the turf course and limited to California-bred or sired runners aged 3 and up. Part II of the stakes doubleheader has lured a field of 11 runners along with two also-eligibles.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Soothsay 5-1 Mike Smith
121 Lbs
Richard Mandella
2 Lisette 30-1 Victor Espinoza
121 Lbs
Patrick Gallagher
3 Desert Dawn 5-1 Umberto Rispoli
119 Lbs
Philip D’Amato
4 Private Mission 5-2 Juan Hernandez
123 Lbs
Bob Baffert
5 Shedaresthedevil 8-5 Florent Geroux
123 Lbs
Brad Cox
6 Samurai Charm 12-1 Ramon Vazquez
121 Lbs
Peter Miller
7 Blue Stripe (ARG) 4-1 Hector Berrios
123 Lbs
Marcelo Polanco

Besides its money and prestige attraction, the Hirsch is also a “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup race that gives the winner an automatic entrée, with all fees paid, into the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, which will be run at Keeneland in Kentucky this November.

Shedaresthedevil currently sports a bankroll that reads $2,729,458, which goes a long way in telling the tale of an exceptional racemare. The 5-year-old daughter of Daredevil, owned by Flurry Racing Stables and partners, has won 10 of her 20 starts, including nine Graded stakes, among them last year’s Hirsch in which she scored smartly by more than three lengths.

She’ll be ridden Saturday by her regular guy, Florent Geroux, who has set up shop this summer at Del Mar. The mare was shipped from Kentucky Wednesday for the race by trainer Brad Cox.

Chief threat to the top one appears to be the double-quick filly Private Mission, who can be expected to set the pace in the Hirsch. Owned by the Baoma Corporation and trained by Bob Baffert, Private Mission currently shows $397,300 in earnings and comes into the race off a good tally in the Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on June 18. She’ll be ridden by Del Mar’s leading rider, Juan Hernandez.

The California Dreamin’ is a wide-open affair with a possible favorite in the 4-year-old gelding The Chosen Vron, a son of Vronsky who has won five of his seven career starts. The chestnut hasn’t started since a score at Turf Paradise in Arizona last November but has been training well for trainer Eric Kruljac and will have the saddle services of top turf rider Umberto Rispoli.

The Clement L. Hirsch, named after an exceptional California horseman and one of the founders of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, had its purse boosted this year from $300,000 to $400,000. Among previous winners of the race are champions like Beholder, Zenyatta (three times), Azeri, Tranquility Lake, Paseana and Bayakoa.

Here’s the full field for the Hirsch from the rail out with riders and morning line odds:

Bass, Dilschneider or Hancock, et al’s Soothsay (Mike Smith, 5-1); Sones or Sones’ Lisette (Victor Espinoza, 30-1); H & E Ranch’s Desert Dawn (Umberto Rispoli, 5-1); Private Mission (5/2); Shedaresthedevil (8/5); Downstream Racing’s Samurai Charm (Ramon Vazquez, 12-1), and Pozo de Luna’s Blue Stripe (Hector Berrios, 4-1).

Here’s the full field for the California Dreamin’ from the rail out with riders and morning line odds:

Mr./Mrs. T.A. Shapiro’s Bang for Your Buck (Espinoza, 30-1); Larry or Ann Jett’s Carmelita’s Man (Hernandez, 5-1); Janet or Michael Dante’s Irish Heatwave (Joe Bravo, 12-1); Bran Jam Stable and partners’ Tom’s Surprise (Armando Ayuso, 10-1); Larry Odbert’s Freeport Joe (Asa Espinoza, 10-1); Tomasic, Bassett or Knapp’s Fly the Sky (Tyler Baze, 15-1); Bruno, Gezon or Jones’ Jimmy Blue Jeans (Kyle Frey, 5-1); Downstream Racing’s None Above the Law (Geroux, 4-1); Reddam Racing’s Hockey Dad (Mario Gutierrez, 5-1); The Chosen Vron (7/2), and Dupuis, Dupuis or Neumann’s Luvluv (Edwin Maldonado, 20-1). The two also-eligibles are Rockingham Ranch or KRK Investments and partners’ Coast of Roan (Smith, 8-1) and John And Diane Fradkin’s Cono (Abel Cedillo, 12-1).

First post for Saturday’s card is 2 p.m. The Hirsch has a post time of approximately 6:05 p.m. and the California Dreamin’ is scheduled to go off at approximately 6:35 p.m. – US Legal Del Mar online OTB is a great way to bet horse racing at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in southern California. Available to customers across the United States, OTB features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing from major racing venues in the US as well as top international racing from Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.


The favorite and defending champion, Shedaresthedevil arrived at Del Mar Wednesday night and took a turn around the Del Mar oval Thursday morning in preparation for this Saturday’s GI Clement Hirsch, the second of six Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races at Del Mar this summer.

Marcello Aqcuinde is tending to the 2020 Kentucky Oaks winner for trainer Brad Cox. He says she shipped fine and took to the track right away.

“She behaved well,” Aqcuinde said, “just stood for a little bit then galloped one mile. She was good.”

Last year at this time, Flurry Racing Stables, et al’s, Shedaresthedevil came to Del Mar looking to rebound from a third-place finish to the eventual Eclipse Award winning mare, Letruska, in the G1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park. She had already established herself as a leading contender in the Distaff division with victories in the GII Azeri at Oaklawn Park, a race in which she beat Letruska, and the GI La Troienne at Churchill Downs.

She lived up to her billing, winning the GI Clement Hirsch by over three lengths, defeating the likes of Venetian Harbor and As Time Goes By.

This year, Shedaresthedevil is coming out West in good form, fresh off a dominating win in the G2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs last month. But it came after a relatively slow start, by her standards, to her 5-year old campaign. She finished third in the Azeri in her 2022 debut then got rundown by Pauline’s Pearl and finished second in the La Troienne.

Those defeats are a distant memory as Shedaresthedevil gets set to take on six rivals in another contentious graded stakes race at Del Mar. Some could argue it’s tougher than last year’s Clement Hirsch. Bob Baffert is bringing Baoma Corp’s Private Mission, a multiple graded stakes winner who won the GII Santa Maria in June at Santa Anita. Despite his filly’s impressive credentials, Baffert is wary of going up against Shedaresthedevil.

“I hate to see that filly fly out here,” Baffert said. “She’s so nice and definitely the horse to beat. And Brad Cox is so tough. He does such a great job.”

Private Mission has one gear and that’s go. Just ask Letruska in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff. But Baffert says he has no intention of changing his filly’s tactics.

“Speed is her weapon,” Baffert notes. “She’s a nice filly and she’s been working well down here.”

Private Mission won the GIII Torrey Pines at Del Mar in 2021 followed by a victory in the GII Zenyatta at Santa Anita. But then came the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in which she and Letruska set suicidal fractions and eventually faded to last. The daughter of Into Mischief followed that race with a sixth-place finish in the GI La Brea at Santa Anita before Baffert gave her some time off. She returned with a runner-up finish in the GIII Las Flores in March followed by her win in the Santa Maria.

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