Favorites Curlin’s Approval and Genre Head Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream
The Hurricane Bertie (G3) has a field of 8 lined up for this Saturday as its part of The Pegasus undercard. This race goes a distance of 7 furlongs and has a $100,000 purse. It’s part of the sequence of the pick 4 and pick 5, and the morning line favorite Curlin’s Approval is the deserving favorite and the single of the day.
This filly has a real affinity for the Gulfstream Park main track as you can see in her career running line. Curlin’s Approval has started 5 times over this surface and she has 3 wins and 1 place from those starts. In her last outing in the Grade III Rampart as the odds on favorite, she engaged in a suicide duel with Genre for 6 furlongs. As they turned for home in the 1-mile race, Curlin’s Approval battled neck and neck down the stretch with Eskenformoney and came up just short at the wire. She was coming into that race off a two month layoff and was facing a very sharp filly from the Todd Pletcher barn. Curlins’ Approval has been working very well since that race. In two recent morning sessions, she was given the bullet work of the day for those works out of 11.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will try Genre again and she breaks from the rail and is the second betting choice on the morning line. However this Bernardini filly is carrying top weight and is also cutting back to a sprint as her past 12 races have all been at a route of ground. She’s a very consistent filly as her running line shows 13 starts with 5 wins, 4 places, and 2 shows. But note this is her first start at 7 furlongs. While Genre faded a bit to finish 3rd last time out, she may well be the favorite come post time as her connections are always backed at the window and also off her past competition.
The remaining contenders are You Bought Her (9/2) and Bodacious Babe (6/1). Value may be found with Sugar Cone (30/1) from the George Arnold barn, as she will out run her morning line in a big way and provide a nice exotic score is she hits the board.
The Hurricance Bertie is race 3 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday with a post time of 12:30 ET.
Kenny Schmitt contributed to this article. Follow him on Twitter @FBWinners.