Uptown Bertie Bags First Stakes in Iowa Oaks
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 6/30/2012 10:44:59 PM
Last Updated: 7/3/2012 3:02:34 PM

Uptown Bertie is home free in the Iowa Oaks.
Photo: Jack Coady/Coady Photography

Uptown Bertie made the most of her first stakes appearance by winning the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies June 30 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino (VIDEO) .

With Julien Leparoux riding for trainer Steve Margolis and owners Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein, Uptown Bertie rallied from off the pace in the field of six with a sweeping three-wide move past the leaders on the final turn in the 1 1/16-mile race. She wasn’t threatened thereafter and won under steady urging by 2 1/4 lengths over 13-10 favorite Ice Cream Silence, with Emona third after closing from last.

The fractions on a fast track were :23.14, :46.37, 1:10.98, and 1:36.67 for one mile. The final time was 1:43.34.

Livi Makenzie (fourth), Tapajo, and Ize In Trouble, all of whom contested the early pace, were victimized by the quick tempo. Ice Cream Silence stalked the pace from the inside and bid at the top of the lane, but had too much ground to make up on Uptown Bertie.

Uptown Bertie, a homebred daughter of More Than Ready   out of the De Niro mare De Bertie, paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 second choice. It was her third victory in 10 starts; in her previous race she won an entry-level allowance race at Churchill Downs.

"She broke well but settled nicely for me on the backstretch," said Leparoux, who rode Uptown Bertie for the first time. "She went very easy, and she is easy to ride."

Uptown Bertie pushed her earnings to $215,271 with the Iowa Oaks victory.



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