Richard and Bertram Klein’s Believe in Bertie set the second course record of this Fair Grounds meeting in her third win of the season, taking the listed $ 75,000 Daisy Devine Stakes on Saturday by about three-quarters of a length for trainer Brad Cox, his 600th career win. The 4-year-old daughter of Langfuhr covered about 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:40.31; her first course record was at a mile in the Pago Hop Stakes on Dec. 31.
Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Believe in Bertie was slow to get into stride but took the lead just before the first turn. Setting moderate fractions on the lead, she kept a steady pace until she was pressured late in the far turn, at which point Believe in Bertie willingly picked up the pace. She was a bit late changing leads in the stretch, but once Bridgmohan got her straightened out, she kept on determinedly toward the wire.
“She’s a fast filly and very talented. It’s great that a Louisiana-bred loves running at the Fair Grounds,” Cox said. “It’s a nice accomplishment [600 wins], especially in a stakes. Now we’ll focus on 700. I think she’s a graded stakes filly and I’ve said that in the past. I continue to believe in her. I am not sure she wants to go much farther than a mile. She has one speed and it’s ‘fast’. She takes that as far as she can. Shaun has figured her out and you just have to get along with her and be a good passenger.”
Bred in Louisiana by her owners, Believe in Bertie is out of a daughter of Street Cry. The Daisy Devine is her fifth career win from 10 starts, and her third stakes win, increasing her earnings to just under $ 300,000.
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