OwnerBo Hirsch, LLC
BreederBo Hirsch LLC
Ce Ce will be a repeat contender in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year, she heads to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) through her Breeders’ Cup Challenge victory in the Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
She made a name for herself last year by winning two Grade 1 races: the Beholder Mile Stakes and the Apple Blossom Handicap.
After these races, she finished third in both the Santa Maria Stakes (G2) and the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1). The chestnut mare is owned by Bo Hirsch, and the latter race is named in honor of his father, who was a Del Mar board member, a founder of the Oak Tree Meet at Santa Anita and helped broaden the California racing calendar into the fall.
Ce Ce closed 2020 with a fifth-place finish in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), won by champion Monomoy Girl. She has finished in the top three in 10 of her 14 starts and has earnings of more than $1 million.
Bo Hirsch also bred and owned Ce Ce’s dam, Miss Houdini, and Clement Hirsch owned Miss Houdini’s mother and Ce Ce’s granddam, Magical Maiden. Ce Ce is a nickname for Cecelia, the name of Harry Houdini’s mother. Another top runner for Bo Hirsch was multiple graded stakes winner Papa Clem, who he named in honor of his father.
Trainer Michael McCarthy, 50, saddled 2021 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer and 2018 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) victor City of Light. He was a longtime assistant to Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher before going out on his own in 2014. He grew up in Arcadia, California, in a home close enough to Santa Anita to hear the race calls from his front lawn.