Tabor, Magnier and Smith's As Time Goes By (American Pharoah) looks for her third straight win–and an automatic berth in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff–in the GI Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar Sunday. The Bob Baffert trainee, second in the Mar. 13 GI Beholder Mile, romped home by 9 1/4 lengths in the Apr. 24 GII Santa Margarita S. She was all out to hold off This Tea (Curlin) in the May 22 GII Santa Maria S., but has been freshened since then and is training strongly for her return.
Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) invades from the East to try out the Del Mar surface which will host the Breeders' Cup in November. Winner of last year's GI Kentucky Oaks, the bay filly returned to win the Mar. 13 GI Azeri S. by a head over divisional leader Letruska (Super Saver) and added the Apr. 30 GI La Troienne S. at Churchill Downs. She pressed Letruska on the lead before settling for third in the June 5 GI Ogden Phipps S. last time out.
Venetian Harbor (Munnings) returns to the main track after a front-running victory in the 6 1/2-furlong GII Monrovia S. at Santa Anita June 5 in her only 2021 outing to date. First or second in five straight graded events last year–including runner-up efforts in the GI Ashland S. and GI Test S. and a win in the GII Raven Run S.–the bay filly was sidelined following an eighth-place effort in the GI Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint in November.