Adare Manor Takes Fourth Straight with Clement L. Hirsch Win

Adare Manor Benoit


Adare Manor (f, 4, Uncle Mo–Brooklynsway, by Giant Gizmo), a big, rangy daughter of her Breeders' Cup-winning sire, made it four in a row and a first Grade I with a facile win in the $400,000 GI Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar Saturday. The filly will likely attempt to win a Breeders' Cup of her own as the “Win and You're In” Hirsch offers a fees-paid berth to the GI Distaff, which will be held at Santa Anita in November.

When the field broke in the Hirsch, it was the longest shot on the board, 17-1 MGSW Elm Drive (Mohaymen), who got the lead from the inside post despite an awkward step a few strides out of the gate. Adare Manor immediately advanced to keep her company from the outside, staying just off the leader's flank through a :23.31 first quarter. Positions remained unchanged through the :46.68 half. Moving well into the lane, Elm Drive fought on, but Adare Manor merely unfurled her long stride to draw on even terms and make it a race. Meanwhile Desert Dawn (Cupid), an Arizona-bred winner of last year's GII Santa Anita Oaks, abandoned her trailing spot and briefly looked a threat while wide, but Adare Manor was too strong and crossed the wire a length in front as Juan Hernandez waved the stick at her. Desert Dawn secured second while Elm Drive held for third.

“I was hoping to be on an easy lead,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. “I knew [Elm Drive] is a really fast filly; you want to stay close to her. Sort of took our filly out of her game a little bit. [Hernandez] had to keep riding her the whole way but, at the end, she's a big, long-jumping filly and she just got going there at the end. We're happy with the win; we got a Grade I.”

Adare Manor was the first Hirsch winner for owner Michael Lund Petersen and the second for Baffert, who won this race in 2020 with Fighting Mad (New Year's Day). Baffert's other filly Saturday, GISW Fun to Dream (Arrogate), finished last.

Donato Lanni acquired Adare Manor on behalf of the team for $375,000 at the 2021 OBS June sale after she worked a furlong in :10.1. The Hirsch marked the 4-year-old's fourth consecutive win, including a last-out GII Santa Margarita S. score June 10 at Santa Anita over the reopposing Kirstenbosch (Midnight Lute) and Desert Dawn. The dark bay also captured the Apr. 29 GII Santa Maria S. and last year's GIII Las Virgenes S. Her stalking tactics in the Hirsch were a slight departure from the front-end style employed in all five of her previous wins.


Pedigree Notes:

Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC and Gary Broad bred Adare Manor in Kentucky out of Brooklynsway, the 2016 winner of the GIII Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland. Town & Country bought the mare in foal to Into Mischief for $95,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sale. Brooklynsway lost that foal, but has a 2-year-old filly by the same sire, a yearling filly by Ghostzapper, and a Mar. 24-foaled full-brother to Adare Manor. She was bred back to Tapit.

Coolmore's Uncle Mo has 93 black-type winners bred in the Northern Hemisphere, including 48 graded winners. Adare Manor is the only stakes winner out of a daughter of Giant Gizmo, but his sire, the late Giant's Causeway, is an excellent broodmare sire and responsible for three of Uncle Mo's black-type winners.

Saturday, Del Mar
CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S.-GI, $400,000, Del Mar, 8-5, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:43.33, ft.
1–ADARE MANOR, 123, f, 4, by Uncle Mo
                1st Dam: Brooklynsway (GSW-USA, MSW & GSP-Can,
                                $724,597), by Giant Gizmo
                2nd Dam: Explosive Story, by Radio Star
                3rd Dam: Maya's Note, by Editor's Note
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($180,000 Ylg '20 FTKFEB; $190,000 RNA
Ylg '20 FTKSEL; $375,000 2yo '21 OBSOPN). O-Michael Lund
Petersen; B-Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC & Gary Broad
(KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Juan J. Hernandez. $240,000. Lifetime
Record: 12-6-4-0, $861,600. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Desert Dawn, 121, f, 4, by Cupid
                1st Dam: Ashley's Glory, by Honour and Glory
                2nd Dam: Ashley Secret, by Dr. Carter
                3rd Dam: Whatever It Takes, by Hatchet Man
($32,000 RNA Ylg '20 OBSOCT). O/B-H & E Ranch (AZ); T-Philip
D'Amato. $80,000.
3–Elm Drive, 121, f, 4, by Mohaymen
                1st Dam: Lets Dance Charlie, by Indian Charlie
                2nd Dam: Dance Darling, by Devil's Bag
                3rd Dam: Danzig Darling, by Danzig
   1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. ($40,000 Ylg '20 OBSOCT; $165,000 2yo
'21 OBSMAR). O-Little Red Feather Racing; B-Kenneth D'Oyen
(KY); T-Philip D'Amato. $48,000.
Margins: 1, 1HF, 3 1/4. Odds: 0.60, 5.80, 17.70.
Also Ran: Kirstenbosch, Fun to Dream.
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