Clement L Hirsch Stakes
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2013
COREY NAKATANI (Lady of Fifty, winner) – “This (her victory) is a tribute to Jerry (trainer Hollendorfer) and his staff. They’ve done a wonderful job with her. She’s been training really good and I had a lot of confidence riding her today. On the turn, I saw them bunching up inside and she was rolling so good I didn’t want to stop her. So we went out and that allowed her to keep her momentum. She’s a real nice filly. There’s no doubt about that.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (More Chocolate, second) – “It was a good race for her.; a good try. But I was just a little out of horse at the end.”
GARY STEVENS (Byrama, third) – “I had a rough trip. At the quarter pole I had to take a hold of her and wait. She re-rallied for me, but she’s not the kind of filly that wants to get stopped or wait. It was just unfortunate. She’s a good one.”
CHANTAL SUTHERLAND-KRUSE (Great Hot, fourth) “It was a good race for her. She just got tired.”
JOE TALAMO (Include Me Out, eighth) – “I wish I knew (what happened to her). We were in a perfect spot and at the three-eighths (pole) she gave me a little run. But then it just wasn’t there. Down the lane there was nothing.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Lady of Fifty, winner) -- “I felt a little bit funny about Lady of Fifty being back so far (early on). When she came into the lane and was getting equal with them, I thought she’d have a chance of running them down and she did. It’s one of the best races she’s run. It’s a ‘Win and You’re In’ (for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic), so I guess we’re in.”
SPLITS: :23.41 :47.06 1:11.36 1:36.76 1:42.96
The stakes win was the second in the Clement L. Hirsch and the second of the meet for Nakatani. He now has 99 stakes wins at Del Mar, second best all time to Chris McCarron’s 134. Fifteen of those stakes have been Grade Is.
The stakes win was the first in the Clement L. Hirsch for Hollendorfer, but his second of the meet. It was his 17th Del Mar stakes win and his first Grade I win at the track.
Hollendorfer owns Lady of Fifty with his longtime partner George Todaro of Seattle, WA.