08/08/2004 11:00PM

Miss Loren upsets Clement Hirsch at 34-1


DEL MAR, Calif. - Miss Loren, the longest shot in the field at 34-1, rallied from fifth to post a shocking upset in Sunday's $300,000 at Del Mar.

The victory in the Grade 2 Hirsch marked the most lucrative win in the career of trainer Luis Seglin, 58, who has a 10-horse stable.

Ridden by Jon Court, Miss Loren ($70) finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.93. She was fifth on the backstretch, racing four lengths off pacesetter Royally Chosen, who set fractions of 22.59 and 46.09 seconds.

With a four-wide move in early stretch, Miss Loren reached contention before the eighth pole. She passed House of Fortune, 3, in the final furlong and won convincingly by 3 1/4 lengths.

House of Fortune, making her first start against older fillies and mares, finished second, a length in front of Royally Chosen. Star Parade, the 9-5 favorite, was second on the final turn but faded to finish fourth, followed by Tucked Away, Elloluv, Victory Encounter and Indy Groove.

Miss Loren, 6, was making her third start in the United States in the Hirsch. An Argentine-bred, she finished third in the Hawthorne Handicap on June 6 and fourth in the Beverly Hills Handicap on turf on June 27. Both races were at Hollywood Park. In Argentina, she was a multiple stakes winner, including the Group 1 Copa de Plata in 2003.

Seglin traveled to South American last winter and recommended to owner Juan Carlos Bago that she be shipped to the United States.