On Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park, we had the 20th running of the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3). It was a six and a half furlong sprint for fillies and mares of four years old and upward. They ran for a $100K purse, headed by PACIFIC GAL as the 4-5 favorite.
Indeed, PACIFIC GALE ran like a 4-5 favorite should — making short work of her foes with a powerful stretch run. She was ridden by Junior Alvarado, trained by John Kimmel, and owned by Holly Hill Stable.
PACIFIC GALE broke evenly but conceded the lead to early speedsters CORY GAL and SONAR. It was CORY GAL who cleared the lead to set fractions of 22.36 for the opening quarter, 45.30 for the half mile. PACIFIC GALE gets a clean trip along the backside, and attempts to sneak up the rail only to have to check because it proved too tight. Meanwhile SOUND MACHINE launched her bid as they turned for home, striking the front strongly while in hand. Junior Alvarado switches PAFICI GALE to the outside and into the clear, and they commence their rally which was more than enough. They motor home and blow on by SOUND MACHINE to secure the win. SOUND MACHINE could do no better than second. SEGUARO ROW got up for third. The final time for the six and one half furlong sprint was 1:15.93.
PACIFIC GALE paid $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.20 to show. She is by FLAT OUT out of PACIFIC WHISPER by FORESTRY. She earned her second graded stakes win in a row. She's now won 5 times, placed, 6 times, and shown 3 times in 29 total starts. Her earnings exceed $570,300 for her connections.
PACIFIC GALE was actually dropping in class to face this bunch. She was coming off a Grade 2 victory in the Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream two months back. She's now 6-years-old but performing at the top ofer game. We can probably expect to see her run against Grade 1 company sooner than later.
Also, note the promising effort from runner-up SOUND MACHINE from the Saffie A. Joseph Jr. stable. She was soundly defeated by PACIFIC GALE two starts back, finishing eighth and last against her in the Inside Information Stakes (G2). But then SOUND MACHINE came back with a third place effort next time out, followed her effort in this very race in question, where she delivered her highest speed figure of her career, despite coming up short. SOUND MACHINE is on the improve and definitely one to look out for moving forward from here.