Believe In Bertie Sets New Stakes Record in Daisy Devine Stakes

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Trainer Brad Cox scores his 600th career victory in style with Believe In Bertie capturing the 49th running of the Daisy Devine Stakes while setting a new track record of 1:40.31 for the about 1 1/16 miles over the Fair Grounds turf course. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hoddges Weir

Believe In Bertie
by Langfuhr – Saint Bertie by Street Cry (IRE)
Breeder: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein
Owner: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: S. Bridgmohan

Richard Klein and Bertram Klein’s Louisiana-bred Believe in Bertie set her second track record of the season in New Orleans when posting a half-length victory in the $75,000 Daisy Devine Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on the Stall-Wilson turf course.

The Brad Cox-trained 4-year-old daughter of Langfuhr broke her first track record of the season with an emphatic gate-to-wire victory in the Pago Hop Stakes in December, and she was quickly sent on her way in similar fashion by rider Shaun Bridgmohan in the Daisy Devine. Setting early splits of 23.56, 47.36 and 1:10.66, she completed the trip in 1:40.31 to lower the course record. Her nearest pursuer in the early stages, Winter Quarter Farm’s Tom Proctor-trained Cambodia, settled two lengths behind but was unable to keep pace under Florent Geroux and was ultimately outrun by a neck by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Mike Maker-trained Kitten’s Roar for second. Miguel Mena, who was aboard for Kitten’s Roar’s victory in last month’s Marie G. Krantz Memorial, had the return call Saturday.

She’s a fast filly and very talented. It’s great that a Louisiana-bred loves running at the Fair Grounds,” Cox said after earning his 600th lifetime win. “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.”

Believe in Bertie earned her fifth win in 10 lifetime starts, banked $45,000 to boost her career earnings to $298,882 and returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. Kitten’s Roar paid $2.80 and $2.10, and Cambodia returned $2.10.