Warrendale Graduate Shedaresthedevil Returns to Work Tab for Brad Cox
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Millionaire multiple grade 1 winner Shedaresthedevil , among three finalists for an Eclipse Award as the country's champion older dirt female of 2021, returned to the work tab Jan. 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, covering three furlongs in :36.20 for trainer Brad Cox and co-owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs.

Cox reiterated Tuesday afternoon that Shedaresthedevil's first 2022 target remains the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles March 12 at Oaklawn Park. Shedaresthedevil opened her 2021 campaign with a victory in the Azeri, holding off expected Eclipse Award winner Letruksa by a head under regular rider Florent Geroux. 

"It was a good move," Cox said, referring to Sunday's breeze. "Pointing for the Azeri. I think it's going to be a realistic goal to get to the Azeri. Obviously, it's a prep for the Apple Blossom (G1)."

Shedaresthedevil hasn't started since a sixth-place finish in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 6 at Del Mar. Shedaresthedevil, as a racing/broodmare prospect, sold for $5 million at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale Nov. 9, but her new connections decided to keep her in training with Cox for a 2022 racing campaign. Whisper Hill Farm, Flurry Racing, and Qatar Racing purchased her out of Hunter Valley Farm's consignment. Flurry said the 5-year-old daughter of Daredevil  received a 30-day break following the Breeders' Cup and was in light training at new co-owner Mandy Pope's farm in Florida before returning to Cox in early January at Fair Grounds.

"They had her in Ocala, Mandy Pope's team did, and she came back and looked amazing," Cox said. "She looked as well as she's ever looked, so I'm excited about getting her started this year, and hopefully, make her presence felt in some grade 1s throughout the year."

The Azeri is the final major local prep for the $1 million Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at 1 1/16 miles April 23.

In addition to the Azeri, Shedaresthedevil won the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies in 2020 at Oaklawn before capturing the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) later that year at Churchill Downs. She was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as the country's champion 3-year-old filly of 2020.

Shedaresthedevil has bankrolled $2,331,458 after winning nine of 17 career starts. She is a three-time grade 1 winner.

She is out of the winning Congrats mare Starship Warpspeed, whose four foals to race are winners. Starship Warpspeed has eight foals, including grade 3 stakes-placed Mojovation, a half brother to Shedaresthedevil. The mare's most recent foals are an Uncle Mo  yearling colt and a 2-year-old Exaggerator  filly named Jupiter Moon.

  

Courtesy of the Bloodhorse

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