2023 The Azeri Stakes & The Hurricane Bertie Stakes Recap

The Azeri Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $350,000 – 1 1/16 miles – Dirt – 4-Year-Olds and Up for Fillies and Mares

Secret Oath shows a devastating stretch kick to blaze home in her first race of the season, showing she will be a force in all of the top-graded races in 2023.

This was all about two horses in Clairiere and Secret Oath and we were not disappointed.

As the gates flew open, Christian Torres wanted to be on the speed on Lovely Ride, and she was soon in control, with the big guns Clairiere and eventual winner SECRET OATH sitting off the fast early speed.

Lovely Ride took the field out of the clubhouse turn and onto the backstretch with a length lead from Hot And Sultry, with Interstate Daydream finding a nice stalking position in the third spot and Moon Swag in fourth.

The eventual winner SECRET OATH was in the sixth spot under Tyler Gaffalione with the odds on chalk Clairiere stalking her main rival and some seven lengths off the speed.

As they reach the end of the backstretch, there were just five lengths covering the field, and here Torres asked Lovely Ride for more on the speed, but she was a sitting duck, and Interstate Daydream made a move inside, while Secret Oath tipped widest of all to make her run.

As they set down for the drive to the wire, Clairiere who had got stuck in traffic was now making an effort, but Secret Oath had got the first run and hit the front at the sixteenth pole and blazed clear to win by four lengths with Clairiere closing strongly to grab Interstate Daydream for second on the wire.

The Azeri Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Secret Oath$4.80$2.80$2.20
2. Clairiere$2.60$2.10
3. Transient$2.80

WINNING TIME: 1 min 43.26 secs

Azeri Stakes Race Video

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The Hurricane Bertie Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $125,000 – 6 ½ furlongs – Dirt – 4-Year-Olds and Up for Fillies and Mares

Frank’s Rockette cruises home in style to win the Hurricane Bertie by 8 lengths from this overmatched field.

Just six runners went to the gate for this $125,000 Grade 3 and from the gate, it was Fire On Time who was hustled to an early lead by jockey Perez, and this one led from R Adios Jersey, with Drifaros and the eventual winner FRANK’S ROCKETTE close up in third and fourth.

There was a major incident soon after the start as R Adios Jersey crossed from the four-lane and interfered with Drifaros who had to rein back sharply and dropped to the last spot.

As they continued down the backstretch, Fire On Time pressed the speed but was kept company by R Adios Jersey, with the chalk stalking the front two, some two and a half lengths back.

As they rounded the far turn and into the home stretch, it was here Junior Alvarado asked Frank’s Rockette to pitch into the three lane, and she soon challenged the two leaders and just breezed on by and quickly widened by four lengths.

R Adios Jersey gave chase, but it was in vain, as the winner just went further clear to win by eight lengths at the wire.

Drifaros who was badly hampered early, closed again to take the third spot on the wire but was awarded second after the early traffic problems.

The Hurricane Bertie Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Frank’s Rockette$2.80$2.20$2.10
2. Drifaros$4.60$3.60
3. R Adios Jersey*$4.00

* R Adios Journey demoted from second

The Hurricane Bertie Stakes Race Video

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