Clement L. Hirsch

Paradise Woods Retired; Ollie’s Candy, Serengeti Empress To Race In 2020

Two-time Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods has officially been retired from racing, according to The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags finished last of 11 in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and trainer John Shirreffs indicated that she will be sent to Lane’s End Farm to begin a broodmare career. Paradise Woods retires with earnings of $1,123,890 […]

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Ollie’s Candy Springs Mild Upset In Clement L. Hirsch

Paul and Karen Eggert’s homebred Ollie’s Candy pulled a 4-1 upset of Sunday’s Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch, defeating 6-5 favorite and former Grade 1 winner Secret Spice by a game head on the wire. The 4-year-old Candy Ride filly, ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer John Sadler, covered 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar’s […]

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‘I’ll Never Forget’: Shirreffs Reflects On Zenyatta’s Remarkable Run

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes isn’t the only race that, when it comes up on the calendar, gets trainer John Sherriffs thinking about Zenyatta. The Hirsch, a Grade I $300,000 event that will be run for the 49th time on Sunday at Del Mar, was one of four stakes won multiple times by the great […]

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Four Grade 1’s Add Up To Blockbuster Breeders’ Cup Challenge Weekend

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series qualifying races for automatic starting positions and fees paid into the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns this weekend with four Grade 1 stakes races at Ascot, Del Mar and Monmouth Park. The “Win and You’re In” action kicks off Saturday with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) […]

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Stellar Wind, Vale Dori Face Off Again In Hirsch

The burgeoning rivalry between Stellar Wind and Vale Dori resumes Sunday when the two outstanding mares will lead a field of six female runners to the post in the 47th running of the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth on Del Mar’s main track. The Hirsch is a “Win and You’re In” […]

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Mandella ‘Going To Have To Think About’ Pacific Classic Try For Beholder

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella was calm and, to borrow a Del Mar marketing phrase, “cool as ever” Sunday morning, about 12 hours after Beholder’s hard-fought loss to Stellar Wind in the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. “She came out of it good but tired,” Mandella said. “We knew (Stellar Wind) was […]

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Stellar Wind Turns The Tables On Beholder In Thrilling Clement Hirsch

Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind put in a top-notch performance to run down Beholder in Saturday night’s Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar, defeating her fellow Eclipse Award-winner by just a quarter of a length on the wire. The 4-year-old daughter of Curlin stopped the clock for 1 1/16 miles over the fast […]

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Four To Challenge Beholder In ‘Win And You’re In’ Clement L. Hirsch

Champion Stellar Wind and three other older fillies and mares were entered Wednesday morning to face Spendthrift Farm’s mighty Beholder in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile main track event, won by Beholder in 2015 as a stepping stone to her historic victory over males in the TVG Pacific Classic, […]

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‘She’s Ready:’ Beholder Zips Through Final Workout Before Hirsch

Seconds after Beholder worked five furlongs in :59.20 Sunday morning, Richard Mandella turned to a video crew and vocalized a phrase from the Buck Owens classic “Act Naturally.” “Bet you I’m gonna be a big star,” Mandella sang, approximately in tune and meter and with the hint of a smile on his face. With regular […]

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