A pair of horses trained by Bernard Flint, owned by Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein, and ridden by Pat Day swept the two graded stakes at Calder Race Course Saturday. Over a sloppy track, 3-year-old filly Swept Away won the six-furlong $200,000 Azalea Breeders Cup Handicap (gr. III) by 3 1/2 lengths before her 5-year-old stablemate Hurricane Bertie won the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. III) by 2 1/2 lengths.
Swept Away, making her first start since a third-place finish in the $100,000 Miss Preakness, was between horses early while racing in third before being shuffled back by Day. Swept Away was brought outside for running room, rallied into the turn, took the lead near the quarter pole, and drew off while racing well off the rail in the stretch. The daughter of Mystery Storm stopped the timer in 1:11.53. Precious Feather finished second, followed by Watchfull, England's Rose, Actceptional, Sweeping, and Midday Fun. Above the Odds was eased.
"She handled everything real well," said Day. "She broke sharp and then settled off them under her own power. Then, coming to the head of the stretch under a pretty vigorous hand ride, she came to the wire running."
Swept Away earned $120,000 and returned $4.60 for the win, her fifth in eight career starts. The winning exacta paid $15.40. She was bred in Florida by Hart Farm.
Hurricane Bertie, by Storm Boot, completed her six furlongs in 1:11.43 after closing through the final furlong for the win. Bourbon Belle finished second, followed by Cassidy, Show Me the Stage, Sugar N Spice, Cinemine, and Melodramatic. The $240,000 winners' share brings her career earnings to $873,534 after 13 wins from 32 starts. The win marks her first graded stakes win since a nose decision over Marley Vale in the First Lady Handicap (gr. III) in January. She was bred in Kentucky by Bertram Klein.
"What a day. We knew there was plenty of speed up front and Pat (Day) just let her settle early," said Flint. "We know she'll come from behind. She's done it before. The track (sloppy) was no problem for her."
Sent off as the 3-1 co-second choice, Hurricane Bertie returned $8, $5, and $2.60. She led a winning exacta combination worth $41.40. (Charts, Equibase