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Hirschy is first stakes winner for Papa Clem

Papa Clem 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Two-year old Hirschy has quickly made life sweet for his group of owners. Much like Curlin’s lesser known stakes winning filly Stopshoppingdebbie, Hirschy is becoming a big fish in a little pond. While Stopshoppingdebbie is the gem of the Pacific Northwest, Hirschy is well on his way to being the diamond in the rough at the Northern California track Santa Rosa.
Hirschy (Papa Clem—Flashy, Wild Again) made his debut a winning one on August 1 when he and jockey Russell Baze rallied up the middle of the track to cross the wire as the ¾ length winner. Breaking from post 5 in a large field of 10, Hirschy was not asked for speed early. Instead, Baze let the colt settle into a stalking position behind the leaders. As the field turned for home, Baze eased Hirschy to the outside and set down the Papa Clem colt for the stretch drive. Hirschy responded with a strong surge to get up just in time, completing the 5 furlongs in 58:85.
Yesterday, just 10 short days after his debut, Hirschy again came home a winner, this time in the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes. Despite being one of the lesser experienced colts in the field of six, Hirschy was sent off as the favorite, and rightfully so. At the break, Hirschy was again slow into stride and was content to lope along at the back of the field while Luck Lasts and Tupelo Cush battled it out through honest fractions on the front end. Like in his debut, Hirschy and Baze swung to the outside to commence their stretch drive and together the pair determinedly struck the front to win by ¾ length in a final time of 1.12:19 for the six furlongs. Neither win margin was eye-popping, but that is to be expected with his one-run racing style.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in partnership by Hollendorfer, Peter Abruzzo, Thomas W. Bachman (who bred the colt), and John Carver, Hirschy is bred on the same emerging nick as Stopshoppingdebbie. Both are bred on the Smart Strike and his sons over Wild Again mares nick. This particular cross has thus far produced 11 winners from 12 starters, and 5 of those winners, including Stopshoppingdebbie and Hirschy, are stakes winners. Other stakes winners include 3 time stakes winner Smarty Deb, dual graded stakes winner Strike Softly, and Written in Stone.
So far Stopshoppingdebbie and Hirschy have not raced outside their home tracks but that does nothing to diminish what they have already accomplished. Both became stakes winners in their second career start, and both are so far undefeated; Stopshoppingdebbie is a perfect 5-for-5, and Hirschy is 2-for-2. Such accomplishments will certainly help put their sires in the spotlight, a place Curlin is well accustomed to and somewhere Papa Clem would most certainly like to return.
Curlin and Papa Clem might be new sires, but they both have much to be proud of. Curlin boasts Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Palace Malice as well as Stopshoppingdebbie, who over the weekend became the first horse to sweep the 3-year old filly stakes division at Emerald Downs. Hirschy is so far Papa Clem’s first and only stakes winner, but only his first crop has hit the track. Papa Clem was best known for winning the 2009 Arkansas Derby, and though he only had 3 total career victories, his earnings exceeded $1 million. Papa Clem stands at Legacy Ranch for a modest fee of $6,500 per live foal. 


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.