$150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes Draws Field of Seven
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Thu 12/02/2015 - 14:33 EST
At Gulfstream Park on Saturday, the stakes action begins with the 19th edition of the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes. Scheduled to be run at six and a half furlongs, the Grade 3 race has drawn a field of seven fillies and mares.
Merry Meadow headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-5 for trainer Mark Hennig. A five-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, she has won her last two starts and has been training forwardly for her first start of the year with a recent bullet workout. A seven-time career winner, she won four of her eight starts last season. Javier Castellano will be back in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position four.
More Than a Party taking a shot against graded stakes company
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is More Than a Party for trainer Edward Broome. A four-year-old daughter of More than Ready, she is stepping up against graded stakes competition after back to back victories against optional claiming competition at Gulfstream. She was last seen going gate to wire as the favorite over nine rivals in January. Regular rider Paco Lopez will be in the irons and they will break from the rail.
Centrique going for third straight win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Centrique, one of two horses in the race for trainer Martin Wolfson. A six-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, the bay mare comes into this race off of consecutive victories against optional claiming company. Sent off as the heavy favorite last time out, she delivered in front-running fashion to earn her twelfth career victory. Joh Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
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