Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) wins the La Troienne (G1) at Churchill Downs on 4.30.21. Florent Geroux up, Brad Cox coach, Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing Stables and Huge Aut Farm house owners.
The final time Shedaresthedevil entered the beginning gate at Churchill Downs, she was a longshot who was forwardly positioned and fought doggedly to win the Kentucky Oaks. Seven months later within the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes, Shedaresthedevil was now the enormous to slay, however every part else remained the identical.
The 4-year-old daughter of Daredevil was placed on the lead popping out of the gate by jockey Florent Geroux on Friday afternoon, adopted carefully on the rail by Envoutante, and on the surface by Bajan Lady. Shedaresthedevil held a one-length benefit over her closest rivals by way of the primary flip, and went by way of the opening quarter-mile in :23.99 seconds.
Bajan Lady, an 18-1 longshot, remained on the surface hip of the favourite throughout the backstretch, whereas jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., settled Envoutante a bit on the rail by way of the straightaway, one other size behind the primary two. Below a restrained journey by Geroux, Shedaresthedevil entered the ultimate flip after a half-mile in :47.94 seconds.
Geroux began to offer his mount a little bit extra rein by way of the flip, as others moved as much as problem, together with Envoutante on the within and Dunbar Highway and Bajan Lady in the midst of the monitor. After going six furlongs in 1:11.71, it appeared as if the momentum belonged to any variety of challengers to the chief, significantly Envoutante transferring by way of the rail path.
Envoutante drew about even with Shedaresthedevil with a few furlong to go, however the pacesetter by no means let the challenger cross her as they separated from the remainder of the sphere. Below aggressive driving and a left-handed crop from Geroux, Shedaresthedevil dug in to snuff the bid try from Envoutante, and draw off to win by a size.
Finite looped across the also-rans to complete a distant third, a few half-length forward of Bajan Lady.
Shedaresthedevil accomplished the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:42.69, and he or she paid $5.40 to win because the 8-5 favourite.
That is the second consecutive 12 months that Geroux has teamed up with coach Brad Cox to win the La Troienne, after booting residence champion Monomoy Lady for the Eclipse Award-winning coach in 2020. Geroux additionally received the La Troienne in 2017 aboard Tom Amoss trainee Huge World.
Shedaresthedevil is owned by the partnership of Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing Ltd. and Huge Aut Farms. She was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, out of the Congrats mare Sharship Warpspeed.
Friday’s victory improves Shedaresthedevil’s document to seven wins in 13 begins for earnings of $1,807,318. The La Troienne was her fifth profession graded stakes victory, and her second towards Grade 1 competitors.
The filly is now an ideal three-for-three at Churchill Downs. Along with her triumph in final 12 months’s rescheduled Kentucky Oaks, she received her debut begin on the Louisville monitor as a juvenile in June 2019.
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Florent Geroux (Jockey, Shedaresthedevil, winner) – “She likes to race at Churchill; she confirmed it once more in the present day. They made me work laborious for this. Once we turned for residence, she stored her head up and I may inform she was digging in. These different fillies got here to her however she confirmed lots of coronary heart and lots of grit and I knew she wasn’t going to allow them to by.”
Brad Cox (Coach, Shedaresthedevil, winner) – “That is large. She has been coaching rather well coming as much as this. We freshened her up after the Spinster final 12 months. We did not need to try to chase the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. It was clearly the proper transfer. She’s moved ahead at 4. She’s proven that in her two begins. She has lots of battle and dedication down the lane. She confirmed that once more in the present day down the lane. She’s now a Grade 1 winner at 4. We’ll goal the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and work our manner again from that. There are some apparent races in New York and one at Del Mar we’re fascinated by.”
Brian Hernandez Jr. (Jockey, Envoutante, runner-up) – “She ran laborious. Turning for residence when it opened up, I believed ‘Oh good, I’ll get by way of and win.’ She spurted for me however the different filly simply had extra. On paper it regarded like there could be a little bit extra pace than they confirmed. I believed for certain anyone was going to press her, however the one filly that attempted simply wasn’t adequate. She went for a half however that was it. The winner is a fighter and he or she acquired a breather on the market and that made it robust.”
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