Zenyatta Goes For 18th In A Row Saturday In Hirsch

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Posted 08.04.10 at 1:50

Zenyatta outside her Hollywood Park stall at the John Shirreffs barn. © Hollywood Park Zenyatta stretches her legs over the Del Mar surface in preparation for Saturday's Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 4, 2010)—Zenyatta, who calls Hollywood Park home, was among six fillies and mares entered Wednesday for the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, which will be run for the 40th time Saturday at Del Mar.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare will be looking to remain undefeated in what will be her 18th lifetime start. She jogged and galloped over the Del Mar main track on Wednesday.

In her most recent appearance on June 13 at the track where she has run more than any other, Zenyatta won the Vanity Handicap for an unprecedented third time, defeating St Trinians in a thrilling finish. The win was her seventh at Hollywood Park.

Mike Smith will take his regular place atop Zenyatta, who will carry 123 pounds as she seeks her third win in a row in the Hirsch. A victory would be her 12th in a Grade 1, including eight in a row.

From the inside out, the field for the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch: Princess Taylor, Victor Espinoza rides, 119 pounds; Made for Magic, Omar Berrio, 121; Spring Style, Patrick Valenzuela, 119; Dance To My Tune, David Flores, 119; Zenyatta, Mike Smith, 123 and Rinterval, Rafael Bejarano, 119.

Zenyatta’s closest call during her brilliant career was in the 2009 Hirsch. She won by a head over longshot Anabaa’s Creation, rallying furiously in the final quarter of a mile.

The day before the Hirsch, a pair of 2-year-old fillies who won stakes during the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park are among eight scheduled to run in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes.

She’ll Heir, who won the Cinderella Stakes in her California debut on June 9, and Dawnie Macho, who wired her opponents in the Landaluce on July 11 in her first for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler, will be looking for a Grade III score in the Sorrento, which is run at 6 ½ furlongs.

Patrick Valenzuela will ride She’ll Heir for owners David and Holly Wilson and trainer Vladimir Cerin for the first time. She will break from the rail.

Joe Talamo has a return call on Dawnie Macho, who will leave from the outside post.

The field also includes the Bob Baffert trained pair of Alienation and A Z Warrior, Landaluce runner-up Izshelegal, Belleofthebridle, Final Mesa, who is undefeated in three starts and Wickedly Perfect.

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