Former Kentucky Oaks victress Shedaresthedevil wins the Fleur de Lis

Shedaresthedevil, winner of the 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1), improved her Churchill Downs document Saturday to 6 wins in seven begins when she ran down pacesetter Super Quick in deep stretch to win the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) by 1 ¾ lengths.

Shedaresthedevil clocked 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.17 underneath Florent Geroux, who rode the winner for coach Brad Cox and homeowners Whisper Hill Farm LLC, Qatar Racing Ltd., and Flurry Racing Stables LLC. It was her first win three begins this 12 months.

“We’re really proud of the race she ran today,” Cox mentioned of the 4-year-old Daredevil filly. “We’ve targeted this race for a long time. She loves it here at Churchill Downs and Florent gave her a perfect ride. It was a tough field but I had confidence in her when I saw her position going around the turn that she’d have enough left to chase down (Super Quick).”

Super Quick, runaway winner of the Allaire duPont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, went straight to the entrance and led the sector of 5 fillies and mares by means of average fractions of :24.13, :47.83 and 1:12.09 for six furlongs as Shedaresthedevil stalked in second. Shedaresthedevil drew even with the weary pacesetter with a furlong to go and edged clear by means of the ultimate sixteenth of a mile.

“We sat in a perfect position the entire way around the track,” Geroux mentioned. “Inside the eighth pole she started to find her best stride and drew away late. She’s back.”

Shedaresthedevil paid $4.80 because the slight 7-5 favourite. Super Quick, with jockey Joe Talamo aboard, was 3 ½ lengths in entrance of third-place finisher Pauline’s Pearl, the 7-5 second betting selection ridden by Joel Rosario.

She’s All Wolfe and Ava’s Grace rounded out the sector.

Shedaresthedevil, out of the Congrats mare Starship Warpspeed, improved her total document to 10-3-5 in 20 begins, and the $216,000 first prize boosted her profession earnings to $2,729,458. She was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm.

The Fleur de Lis marks the eighth graded stakes win of Shedaresthedevil’s profession. At 3, she received the Honeybee (G3), Indiana Oaks (G3) and Kentucky Oaks. Her 2021 marketing campaign featured wins within the Azeri (G2), La Troienne (G1), Clement L. Hirsch (G1) and Locust Grove (G3).

The Fleur de Lis is a part of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen the place a portion of entry charges can be paid to the highest three finishers towards the $2 million Distaff (G1) held on Nov. 5 at Keeneland.

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