2015 Hurricane Bertie

Hurricane Bertie at Gulfstream

Merry MeadowIt is time to preview the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and upward going a distance of 61/2 furlongs for a purse of $150,000. The top choice in the morning line is Mark Henning’s Merry Meadow with Javier Castellano in the irons. This filly is coming off of two straight wins including a Grade 3 event last out here at Gulfstream. The only problem with that is that her last start was on December 13, 2014. She likes to be on or just off the lead and has a bullet workout here on January 31. She is a five year old and has plenty of graded stakes experience. Second choice in the ML is Edwin Broome’s four year old, More Than a Party with Paco Lopez in the saddle. She two is coming off of 2 straight wins, but they were in the higher claiming ranks. She loves it on the lead, so there will quite possibly be a speed duel in the offing. This filly may be on the improve because she won both of her last starts in drawing away fashion. She is trying graded stakes company for the very first time. Personally, I believe that she will engage the lead here, but her back class will show up and she will fade. But I could be wrong.

Wildcat LilyThird choice in the morning line is Everton Harris’ Wildcat Lily with Rajiv Maragh getting the call. She was dropped into a $35,000 optional claiming race last out and won going away. Since it was an optional claiming race, she was not claimed because they opted not to go with a claiming tag. She likes to be just off the pace when sprinting. Paco Lopez had the mount on her here in all of her starts, but he chose More Than a Party whom he also rode here. Umm… So who will win this one? Well I believe it will be an all out speed duel and the one that will come off the pace will be Martin Wolfson’s My Pal Christy with Julien Leparoux up. I believe she will lay off the pace and when the leaders begin to tire she will make her run down the stretch. Second will be Wildcat Lily and Centrique will get up for third. Happy Horse Playing Guys and Gals!



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