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Cali Shippers Top Hurricane Bertie

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Zayat Stable’s Kays and Jays and Flintridge Stable’s Pinkarella have been flown in from California for Saturday’s renewal of the $125,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at 6 ½ furlongs and will face the one-two-three finishers from the six-furlong Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 9.

Jockey Jose Lezcano picks up the mount on Kays and Jays for trainer Mike Mitchell after she finished a close-up fifth last out in the La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, beaten only 2 ½ lengths for it all by Evita Argentina going seven furlongs after dueling for the lead from the start. The daughter of Macho Uno ran well to finish second in the Azalea Stakes (G3) at Calder last summer in a previous foray to Florida.

Elvis Trujillo will ride Pinkarella for trainer Doug O’Neill as she bids to bounce back from an eighth-place finish in the La Brea. The daughter of Malibu Moon was making only her fifth career start in that race and first since winning a six-furlong allowance at Hollywood Park by five lengths on Nov. 27.

Tom Walters’ Pretty Prolific won the Sugar Swirl by a head over Joseph Sutton’s Warbling with Alex Rankin’s Tar Heel Mom another nose back in third after holding a 1 ½ length lead in mid-stretch as the lukewarm favorite, and all three come back in the Hurricane Bertie.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez will ride Pretty Prolific for trainer Jimmy Baker after her big stretch charge to score in the Sugar Swirl. The daughter of Lion Heart is a confirmed closer and ran a very big race last summer to finish second behind Flashing in the Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.

Warbling was making only the third start of a promising career in the Sugar Swirl for trainer Eddie Kenneally. The 4-year-old roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song won her debut at Keeneland by 7 ½ lengths in late October and an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29. Jockey Rajiv Maragh replaces regular rider Julien Leparoux, who will be riding at Santa Anita Saturday afternoon.

Alan Garcia rides Tar Heel Mom for trainer Stanley Hough. The 5-year-old daughter of Flatter had won her two previous starts before the Sugar Swirl by big margins, the Seton Hall University at Meadowlands by 4 ½ lengths on Oct. 24 and the In Her Glory Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 11 by four lengths.

Completing the field of 10 drawn for the Hurricane Bertie are World Thoroughbred Racing’s Don’ttalktome, Jeremy Rose; Derby Lane Farm and partners’ Dr. Zic, Eibar Coa; George Schwartz’ Way With Words, Eddie Castro; Farnsworth Stable’s Pious Ashley, Joe Bravo; and Juddmonte Farm’s Turn Away, Javier Castellano.


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