Belle of the Hall Takes on Six in Sunday's Hurricane Bertie
Belle of the Hall looks to springboard her Jan. 20 allowance victory at Gulfstream Park into a stakes score for the black and gold, heading postward in the Florida track’s Feb. 19 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3).
The 6 ½-furlong Hurricane Bertie has drawn a field of seven older fillies and mares including likely favorite Her Smile, last seen finishing third behind Musical Romance in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Stronach Stable purchased the 4-year-old filly for $1 million at Keeneland’s November sale; she’ll make her season debut for trainer Chad Brown carrying a high weight of 123 pounds. All others in the race carry 117.
Our 5-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall drew post two under jockey Elvis Trujillo. We know this is a competitive field, but we also know Belle loves this surface (she’s two-for-three on the Gulfstream dirt) and distance. There’s a good amount of speed in the race on paper, which suits her closing style.
“She’s really thrived since coming down to Florida,” said WPT founder and president Terry Finley. “Elvis Trujillo rides her very well and this is a good spot for her. We think we have a horse that could be a really nice come-from-behind sprinter.”
Trainer Tom Albertrani reports that Belle is doing as well as ever physically.
“I love the way she’s moving as well as her weight, appetite, and energy-level toward training,” he said. “She’s coming into this race in great shape.”
Approximate post time is 4:45 p.m. ET for the Hurricane Bertie, race 10 on an 11-race card.
Good luck to Belle of the Hall and her Partners!