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Include Me Out wins the 2012 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Include Me Out wins the 2012 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Include Me Out wins the 2012 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar

© Kelley Carlson
August 4, 2012

The $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) was the feature race at Del Mar on Saturday before 33,142 fans. A field of 8 older fillies and mares went to post in this 1 1/16 mile Polytrack feature, with the winner earning automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) under the "Win and You're In" promotion. Include Me Out, winner of the La Canada (G2), Santa Margarita (G2), and Marje Everett (G2) handicaps was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 8, exiting a second place finish in the Vanity Handicap (G1) at Hollywood. In to challenge her included 2-1 second choice Amani, making her U.S. debut after winning the Alberto Solari Magnasco (G1) and St. Leger Cristal (G1) at Hipodromo Chile, and 5-2 third choice Switch, winner of the A Gleam Handicap (G2) at Hollywood.

20-1 Great Hot was quickest away through an opening quarter of 23.19 before Switch took over on the backstretch, opening up a 1 1/2 length advantage through a half in 46.65 and 3/4 in 1:10.63. Favorite Include Me Out, who stalked the pace in 4th early, easily passed the tiring Switch at the 3/16 pole, getting the mile in 1:35.45. 9-1 Star Billing, 6th early, put in a strong late rally but Include Me Out was up to the task, holding her off by a neck despite drifting out from the whip to get the win in 1:41.96, just 0.48 seconds off Zenyatta's track and stakes record set in 2008. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to late-runnng Amani third.

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