Smokey Glacken and Splendid Blended will clash in an outstanding renewal of Saturday's $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III), with a full field of 12 fillies and mares entered in the 6½-furlong sprint at Gulfstream Park.
John and Susan Moore's Smokey Glacken will likely be favored in the talented field assembled for the Hurricane Bertie. The 5-year-old mare by Forestry
was a major player in the filly and mare sprint division last year and came out running this season, winning the First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream on Jan. 21 by 4¼ lengths. Javier Castellano will ride for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Peter Vegso's Splendid Blended is a 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song
with Edgar Prado named to ride. This will be her first start since capturing the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on July 3. She came out of the race with a suspensory problem.
A Florida homebred, Splendid Blended was sent home to Vegso's Ocala farm with the plan to breed her this spring. After time, she got sound and showed indications that she still wanted to race. She was sent to trainer Bill Mott at Payson Park to get ready for Saturday's race, a test that will determine her immediate future.
Two other contenders with solid credentials in the Hurricane Bertie are Kinsman Stable's Ebony Breeze, with Mike Smith aboard, and John Oxley's For All We Know, to be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan.
Ebony Breeze is a 6-year-old daughter of Belong to Me
who spent most of her career in Mott's barn while earning $876,000 with a highly consistent record of 32-11-8-6. She has won her last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs this year with Kinsman farm manager Eddie Sexton as trainer.
For All We Know makes her first start since capturing the seven-furlong Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland on Oct. 22. Trained by John Ward, the 4-year-old daughter of Stephen Got Even
was a $550,000 Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old sales purchase who won her first three career starts, including her career debut here in March.Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III, Race 10, 5:22 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 ½ furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. So Much More (KY), 113, Kristi L. Chapman
2. Beautiful Bets (KY), 114, Mark Guidry
3. Atlas Valley (KY), 115, Rene R. Douglas
4. La Chiflota (CHI), 114, Chantal Sutherland
5. Ebony Breeze (KY), 117, Mike E. Smith
6. For All We Know (KY), 117, Shaun Bridgmohan
7. Menifeeque (KY), 112, Eddie Castro
8. Splendid Blended (FL), 119, Edgar S. Prado
9. Kuanyan (KY), 116, Eddie Castro
10. Pentelicus Dance (ECU), 111, Eduardo O. Nunez
11. Smokey Glacken (KY), 119, Javier Castellano
12. Injustice (KY), 116, Elvis Trujillo