(from Fair Grounds report)
Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein’s Get Ready Bertie stamped herself as another filly of Oaks quality with an impressive two-length tally in Saturday’s $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on “Road to the Derby” undercard at Fair Grounds Race Course.
The last three winners of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) have all raced at the preceding Fair Grounds meet, and the Tiffany Lass is the first two-turn prep for the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) to be run March 10 on Louisiana Derby (gr. II) day.
Get Ready Bertie’s late run completed the one-mile distance n 1:39.52, and the filly returned $5.80 to win.
“Her mother (De Bertie) was a top quality filly,” said winning trainer Steve Flint. “I told Robby (Albarado) before the race, ‘She’s got a job to do. Let her get it done.’
“She’s one of these advancing fillies. Every time we run her, she steps up. She still has a lot to prove, but this was her first step. I think I’ll wait and run her next in the Fair Grounds Oaks. I think I’ll give her a little more time.”
Longshot Dawn After Dawn held on for second at the wire after dueling for the lead early. Dawn After Dawn nosed out Stage Stop for the place.
Get Ready Bertie, who finished second in the Demoiselle (gr. II) at Aqueduct in her most recent start, won for the third time in eight career starts and increased her lifetime earnings to more than $162,000.
Albarado’s win in the Tiffany Lass was his second stakes win of the day, after he piloted the Roger Smith-owned Smitty’s Sunshine to victory in the Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes.
The Tiffany Lass and the featured Lecomte Stakes (gr. II) were two of five $100,000 stakes on the card.
In the Leggio Memorial for filly and mare sprinters on the turf, Smitty’s Sunshine shattered the stakes record in a gate-to-wire victory.
Smitty’s Sunshine, trained by Morris Nicks, paid $4.60 to win and covered about 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.17, more than three-fifths off the previous stakes record of 1:03.82 by Hallowed Dreams in 2001. She finished 3 3/4 lengths in front of Follow the Lite, who was 2 1/4 lengths to the good of third-place finisher No Fair.
Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap
In the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap for older horses on the turf, E.J. Sukley’s Purim outfooted Team Block’s Fort Prado by a head in a hard-fought stretch duel.
“He’s got speed, but he (settled) back for me real nice,” said winning jockey Jesus Castanon. “When (Fort Prado) came up to us, (Purim) felt him and then he gave me another gear."
Purim, who toured the about a mile and a sixteenth distance over the firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:43.32, paid $7.60 to win. The Tom Proctor trainee won for the seventh time in 15 lifetime starts and upped his career earnings to more than $492,000.
Fort Prado was a length ahead of third-place finisher Cloudy’s Knight.
Colonel Power Stakes
In the Colonel Power Stakes for sprinters, Gary and Don Holcomb’s Venomous held off a late surge from Clock Stopper to win by a neck.
Venomous, trained by Patrick Mouton and ridden by E.J. Perrodin, returned $21.20 to win and completed the six furlongs in 1:09.58, the fastest time at the distance this meet. The win was the sixth in 16 career starts for Venomous, increasing his career bankroll above $210,000.
Clock Stopper was two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Meteor Impact.