BELIEVE IN BERTIE VICTORIOUS IN RED CAMELIA

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Believe In Bertie with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan aboard wins the 41st running of the Red Camilia Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photographyy / Amanda Hodges Weir

RED CAMELIA
Fair Grounds, 3-11-17, abt. 8 furlongs (turf)
Four Year Old and Upwards, Purse $60,000
BELIEVE IN BERTIE
Langfuhr–Saint Bertie, by Street Cry (IRE)
Breeder: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein
Owner: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

2nd
Safari Calamari
Half Ours–Zaafira, by A.P. Indy
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza

3rd
Pacific Pink
Private Vow–Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Jose Valdivia

Course: Firm, 1:38.53, Margins: 6 3/4, 2, head

Richard and Bertram Klein’s Brad Cox-trained Believe in Bertie ($2.20, $2.10 and $2.10) spread her gospel once again to the tune of an open-length, dominating performance on Saturday afternoon in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The 4-year-old broke well from post two in the six-filly and mare field and relaxed before opening up a pair of lengths down the backside through fractions of 25.30 and 50.30. The field drew within a length as she turned for home after six furlongs in 1:15.60, but the speed machine left little doubt for her following, as she waltzed home a 6¾-length winner under Shaun Bridgmohan in a final time of 1:38.53 for the mile. Brittlyn Stable’s Ron Faucheux-trained Safari Calamari ($10.40 and $5.60) rallied for the place two lengths to the good of Keith Plaisance’s Eddie Johnston-trained Pacific Pink ($2.80). Believe in Bertie earned her sixth victory from 11 starts, her fourth stakes tally and used the $36,000 winner’s portion to increase her career bankroll $334,882. She will likely now be pointed to graded stakes company, according to her conditioner.

“Brad Cox has done a great job with her and she’s blossomed into a wonderful filly,” Bridgmohan said. “I was able to rate her and I just tapped her on the shoulder turning for home. She makes my job look easy.”

Discreetly GrandFlowersforlady and Calamity Jane rounded out the field. Forest Lake, Gee Whiz Lil and Inveniam Viam scratched.