INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 31, 2013)—Include Me Out, who made a successful 2013 debut in the Desert Stormer Handicap June 16 at Betfair Hollywood Park, and Byrama, upset winner of the Grade I Vanity a day earlier, head the field in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.
A Grade I for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Polytrack, the Hirsch is the eighth of 10 races. Post time Saturday at Del Mar is 2:05 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Ron Ellis for Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, Include Me Out, who has won seven of 14 and earned $956,030, is the defending Hirsch champion, prevailing by a neck as the favorite in 2012.
A 5-year-old daughter of Include out of the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Me, Include Me Out returned after a layoff of more than seven months to win the Desert Stormer, defeating, among others, favored stablemate Teddy’s Promise.
Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Simon Callaghan, Byrama stretches out again after finishing third in the Grade II A Gleam Handicap July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A 4-year-old Byron filly out of the Darshaan mare Aymara, Byrama rolled to a 3 ½ length win in the Vanity, which marked her initial race over Cushion Track. She’s won five of 20 and banked $508,750.
From inside out, the field for the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes: Lady of Fifty, Corey Nakatani rides, 119 pounds; Byrama, Gary Stevens, 123; Quiet Oasis, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Sisterhood, Victor Espinoza, 119; Via Villaggio, Mike Smith, 119; More Chocolate, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Sister Kate, Martin Pedroza, 119; Great Hot, Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, 121 and Include Me Out, Joe Talamo, 121.
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