Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Brenda Mercer and Peter Berglar’s 4-year-old filly Emma’s Encore,
winner of the Prioress Stakes (G1) at Saratoga last summer for Hall of
Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, ran well to be second in the $150,000
Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park
in her 2013 debut, but finished a disappointing fifth of nine last out
in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) on Feb. 10.
“That was definitely disappointing,” said Jerkens of the Hurricane
Bertie in which she was beaten seven lengths by Golden Mystery. “She had
trained so well I was expecting a better effort, but we’ll go ahead to
the Inside Information,” referring to the $150,000, Grade 2 test at
seven furlongs on Sun., Mar. 17.
“One thing different will be the weights next time. She’ll get a
little better deal. I’m not saying the weight was enough make that big a
difference in the Hurricane Bertie.” Under the conditions of the
Sunshine Millions Emma’s Encore gave victorious Golden Mystery four
pounds (121-117) and then six (123-117) in the Hurricane Bertie.
A Florida-bred daughter of Congrats, Emma’s Encore came to Jerkens
care here last winter as a maiden after three starts in the mid-west as a
2-year-old. She broke her maiden and won an allowance race after a
third-place try before a dull eighth-place finish behind Grace Hall in
the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in her only career try beyond a sprint