08/03/2013 8:49PM

Del Mar: Lady of Fifty takes wide path to win Clement Hirsch

Benoit & Associates
Lady of Fifty, under Corey Nakatani, connects at 10-1 in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch.

DEL MAR, Calif. – A jockey who prefers to ride the rail aboard closers chose the path of least resistance aboard Lady of Fifty in Saturday’s $301,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

Corey Nakatani urged Lady of Fifty into contention with a six-wide rally on the turn en route to an upset win in the Grade 1 Hirsch for fillies and mares. Nakatani said the wide trip suited Lady of Fifty, who had ample momentum in the final three furlongs.

“I usually try to save ground, but she was traveling great for me,” Nakatani said.

Lady of Fifty ($23.20) was eighth of nine after six furlongs of the race over 1 1/16 miles and was still seventh with a furlong remaining. Her wide move through the stretch carried her to the front in the final sixteenth.

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Lady of Fifty won by 1 1/2 lengths over 9-2 More Chocolate, with Byrama finishing a troubled third after racing in traffic on the turn. Lady of Fifty was timed in 1:42.96. Owned by George Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Lady of Fifty won her first Grade 1 in the Hirsch.

The Hirsch was part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the winner to the BC Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita in November.

The disappointment in the field was Include Me Out, the even-money favorite. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Include Me Out raced wide on both turns and was as close as fourth in the stretch. She could not sustain the rally, and finished eighth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths.

As a closer, Lady of Fifty was suited by the decent pace of 23.41 and 47.06 seconds set by the Hollendorfer-trained Sister Kate. Even though Lady of Fifty trailed by eight lengths on the backstretch, Nakatani said he thought he was in a good position midway through the race.

“The thing is she needs some pace to run at,” Nakatani said. “I thought there would be a legitimate pace.”

Lady of Fifty was the 99th career stakes winner for the 42-year-old Nakatani at Del Mar.

A 4-year-old filly by After Market, Lady of Fifty was third behind Byrama and More Chocolate in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June, her most recent start prior to Saturday.  Lady of Fifty, who has won 7 of 16 starts and $593,000, won the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park last December.

The Hirsch was her sixth stakes win, and second in a graded stakes.