|Berdelia Sweeps Two-Year-Old Filly
Stakes In Texas Stallion at Lone Star Park
10, 2004)- Berdelia closed determinedly down the middle of the
track to take Saturday’s $125,000 fillies division of the
Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park, completing a double of
the meeting’s two juvenile filly stakes. The victory sets
the stage for leading trainer Steve Asmussen to make history on
Sunday’s closing day program, when a win by one of his four
entrants in the Texas Stallion colts and geldings division would
give him a clean sweep of the Spring Thoroughbred Season’s
four 2-year-old stakes and set a new mark for overall stakes wins
at one meeting with nine.
Berdelia, who went off as the slight 2-1 favorite, was ridden along
two lengths behind the early pace of :21 3/5 for a quarter-mile
set by Magnolia Belle. Coming into the stretch, Berdelia, last month’s
Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity winner, began to rally
three-wide and had the leaders in her sights.
“They were going pretty good up front and we got to follow
along there in about fifth or sixth, said Berdelia’s jockey
Casey Lambert. “About the quarter-pole we angled out to the
outside of them and she just kicked right on by.”
Rockin’ Kate, the 2-1 second choice, took the lead turning
for home and looked to have a big shot at her first stakes win.
She never kicked home in the stretch, however, and faded to finish
“I thought we were going to go by,” jockey Jeremy Beasley
said. “I still think I had a lot of horse left at the end,
but she just folded. I think it had a lot to do with the delay before
the race and the horse getting loose. It just got her a little too
wound up and she just got overheated. You can throw that race out.”
The Texas Stallion Stakes was delayed seven minutes after jockey
Rita Helton opted not to ride longshot Super Expectations, who was
subsequently scratched. The delay was also cited by trainer Bret
Calhoun, whose filly Rockin Regent inched to the lead with a furlong
to run but couldn’t hold off the winner.
“The delay at the gate hurt us, I’m sure,” Calhoun
said. “Our filly used herself pretty good behind the gate.
She’s a very nice filly, very game. She ran all she could
run, she just used herself up a little bit behind the gate. It took
some of her finish away from her.”
Rockin Regent finished ¾-lengths behind the winner. It was
another length back to third-place filly Timber Jones, also trained
by Asmussen. The order was completed by Teree’s Sister, Rockin’
Kate, Cents Who, Magnolia Belle and Magic Uno, who got loose before
the race and was caught at the top of the seven-furlong chute.
Berdelia ran the 5 ½ furlongs over a “fast”
track in 1:04.70, best of three runnings at the distance. The Wild
Zone filly, owned by Ro Parra of Austin, paid $6.20 to win for a
$2 wager. Berdelia is a virtual lock to be named Champion 2-Year-Old
Filly when Lone Star Park announces its seasonal champions on Sunday.
“She’s not very big, but she has a lot of fight in
her,” Lambert said of Berdelia. “She just keeps coming
and coming and coming. That’s how it worked the last time
and again today. She just wears them down and she’s still
running at the end.”