Nearly two years to the day since she made her graded stakes debut at Del Mar, multiple Grade 1 winner Shedaresthedevil returned to the venue in stylish fashion when she ran by pacesetter Venetian Harbor and drew off with authority to score a 3 ¼-length triumph in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) on Aug. 1.
Trained by Eclipse Award-winner Brad Cox, Shedaresthedevil came into the 1 1/16-miles Clement Hirsch off an uncharacteristically flat effort, by her standards, as she finished third to Letruska in the one-turn Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1)at Belmont Park on June 5.
Co-owner Staton Flurry of Flurry Racing Stables thought a return to two-turns would get his 4-year-old filly back on track. Indeed, the daughter of Daredevil was her typical sharp self on Sunday, rating off Venetian Harbor through fractions of :23.30 and :47.21 before taking over at the quarter pole en route to earning her third career top-level win.
“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,” said Eric Gary, assistant to Cox. “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.”
The Clement Hirsch was a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), which will be run at Del Mar on Nov. 6 at nine furlongs.
Before joining Cox’s shedrow, Shedaresthedevil made three of her first four career starts on the West Coast including running third in the 2019 Sorrento Stakes (G2) in her stakes debut for trainer Simon Callaghan. The bay filly was transferred to Cox after Flurry Racing purchased her for $280,000 out of the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale and since coming into Cox’s care, she has stamped herself among her division’s best with wins in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and a triumph in this year’s La Troienne (G1).
“I’m very pleased. The idea was to get her to break alertly, then get a good spot. That’s exactly what happened,” said Florent Geroux, regular rider for Shedaresthedevil. “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 I 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.”
Shedaresthedevil, who went off at 13-10, returned $4.60, $2.60 and $2.60 across the board while covering the distance in 1:45.38 over a track rated fast. Venetian Harbor paid $3.20 and $3.60 for place honors with and Paige Anne returning $5.80 to show in the field of five.
Owned in partnership by Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing Limited and Big Aut Farms and bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Shedaresthedevil improves her record to eight wins from 15 starts with a career bankroll of $2,047,318.