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Unraced as a 2-year-old and with only three starts as a 3-year-old, Ce Ce has proven herself worth the wait. After limbering up in an easy allowance-optional claiming win at Santa Anita in February to start her 4-year-old season, the filly reeled off back-to-back Grade 1 wins in the Beholder Mile at Santa Anita in March and the Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April.
In both Grade 1 wins Ce Ce showed not just talent but heart. In the Beholder Mile she was caught wide through much of the race but drove through the stretch to defeat Hard Not to Love, already a Grade 1 winner, by more than three lengths. In the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom she drew the far outside post in the field of 14—a field that included nine other graded stakes winners, four of them Grade 1 winners. Waiting patiently as much as five lengths behind a scorching pace, Ce Ce went after the leaders as the field turned for home and took the celebrated race for 3-year-old fillies by a head.
After the dual Grade 1 wins, Ce Ce has continued to race at high levels, finishing third in both the Santa Maria Stakes (G2) and the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) and fourth in the Derby City Distaff Stakes presented by Derby City Gaming (G1).
Ce Ce debuted a winner at six furlongs to start her career and two starts later jumped right into stakes company, the one-mile Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Fourth in that race behind eventual multiple Grade 1 winner Guarana, Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress and Grade 2 winner Jeltrin, Ce Ce sat out the rest of her 3-year-old season with an injury.
Ce Ce typically settles back off the pace in the early part of her races, all of which have come on fast dirt tracks. In her nine starts through early September 2020 she has four wins, a second and thirds and earnings of $805,100.
Ce Ce was bred by her owner, Bo Hirsch, the son of the late legendary California Thoroughbred owner Clement L. Hirsch. With Ce Ce’s wins in the Beholder Mile and Apple Blossom, the Hirsch family earned a racing rarity: owning three generations of Grade 1 winners. Bo Hirsch also bred and owned Ce Ce’s dam, Miss Houdini, and Clement Hirsch owned Miss Houdini’s dam and Ce Ce’s granddam, Magical Maiden.
The nod to magic in Magical Maiden’s name runs through the family. Miss Houdini is easy to connect with the renowned magician Harry Houdini, but Ce Ce is a clever puzzle. The name is a nickname for Cecelia, the name of Houdini’s beloved mother.
Ce Ce is trained by Michael McCarthy, who has his own link to racing royalty; before going out on his own in 2014, he was lead assistant to seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher for more than 11 years.
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- October 28, 2020
Authentic, Tiz the Law, Swiss Skydiver, Maximum Security, Improbable and Magical Lead 201 Horses Pre-Entered for 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by this year’s Triple Crown race winners Tiz the Law, Authentic and Swiss Skydiver; multiple Grade 1 winners Improbable and Maximum Security; and Irish Champion Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 201 horses, including 39 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- July 31, 2020
A day after some of the East’s top dirt fillies and mares get together at Saratoga Race Course in the Personal Ensign Stakes, the West Coast’s leading ladies will tangle Sunday in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.