The pace was honest, with the favorite and third choice leading the way and setting things up for Berned to gradually close the gap from off the pace. The filly made a sustained run and Bravo had a ton of horse. She darted to the inside on the turn, came three wide at the top of the stretch, and maintained her advantage.
“She broke well,” Bravo said. “I took her off the pace because I knew the horses up front were going quickly. Down the backside, I started to creep up a little at a time. When we got to the top of the stretch, I knew I had the two in front beat. The only thing I was worried about from that point was the horse tracking me. I’m blessed to ride these amazing horses and I can’t thank the connections enough for letting me ride this filly. She is special.”
Berned has graded stakes placing in the 2016 Tempted Stakes (G3) and 2018 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) and two listed stakes wins (2017 Safely Kept Stakes and 2018 Serena’s Song Stakes). The Molly Pitcher is a race we’ve had our eye on most of the year, and a win in a graded stake is huge for this well-bred filly’s residual value.
“We’re so proud of her and still smiling the next day,” said West Point president Terry Finley. “This graded stakes win is well-deserved. Sue Kenny, an integral part of Graham’s team put it best — ‘There is absolutely nobody who doesn’t fall in love with this filly. To know her is to love her!’. I’m so happy with her Partners. They have a very valuable filly on their hands.”
Purchased at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Berned is out of the graded stakes-winning Giant’s Causeway mare First Passage, who is out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Win’s Fair Lady. Win’s Fair Lady is a half-sister to grade one winner Harmony Lodge and grade three winner WinMcCool, dam of this year’s Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Magnum Moon. Her overall record is now 15-5-2-1 with earnings of $374,781.