A solid favorite but upset
in two important stakes this summer at Betfair Hollywood Park, Lady of Fifty rallied from the clouds at 10-1 under jockey Corey Nakatani to win
Saturday’s featured Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes for older
Next-to-last of a nine-horse field in the early stages of the mile
and one-sixteenth main track affair, Lady of Fifty rallied widest of all
entering the stretch and drove to a decisive 1 ½ length victory.
More Chocolate finished well in the stretch to be runner-up, a
half-length in front of Byrama, with longshot Great Hot fourth. Include
Me Out, the 2012 winner of the Hirsch and an even-money favorite
Saturday, faltered in the stretch to be eighth in a disappointing
Lady of Fifty, a four-year-old daughter of After Market owned by
George Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, stepped the distance in
1:42.96 and returned a generous $23.20, $10.20 and $5.80 after scoring
her seventh success in 16 starts. The filly was a 7-10 betting choice in
the Everett Handicap May 18, finishing second to Open Water, and then
went postward at 8-5 in the Vanity Handicap, winding up third behind
Byrama and More Chocolate.
First prize of $180,000 increased Lady of Fifty’s bankroll to
$593,000 as well as qualifying the filly for a start in the Breeders’
Cup Ladies Classic in November since the Hirsch Stakes was a “Win and
You’re In” event in the Breeders’ Cup’s Challenge Series.
More Chocolate, who was piloted by leading rider Rafael Bejarano,
paid $5.60 and $4, while Byrama, with Gary Stevens up, returned $3.80 to
John Sadler took firm charge of the top spot in the trainer standings
as he sent out three winners – Smokin’ Cat at $12 in the second, You
Know I Know at $23 in the fifth and Ethnic Dance at $5.80 in the tenth
and final race. Sadler now has 14 winners, three more than Bob Baffert.
Saturday’s attendance was 25,192.