Fantastic Six Pack quickest in Bertram Memorial Trials
Fantastic Six Pack and 2014 Leading Quarter Horse Jockey Shanley Jackson turned in the quicker of two trials to prepare for the upcoming $100,000-added Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes final set for Saturday, Sept. 24. The duo covered the 400-yard dash in a time of :19.769 seconds.
Starting from post six in the six-horse trial, Fantastic Six Pack broke alertly but was not in the mix early. Beach Bum Eddie and Cesar Esqueda had the lead in the early stages in the center of the track before facing a closing surge by Fantastic Six Pack on the outside. In the end, Fantastic Six Pack was able to beat Beach Bum Eddie to the finish line by a neck to claim the victory. WH Kenny G recovered from a poor start to rally back from the inside for third for jockey Rodney Prescott.
Fantastic Six Pack is owned by Duke Racing LLC and trained by Matt Frazier. The win was the fifth in nine career starts for the stakes winner, who has more than $130,000 in career earnings. The three-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr. has only been out of the top two once in his career.
Coco Beach and Berkley Packer had clear sailing from start to finish in the first Bertram trial. The three-year-old daughter of Indiana’s 2015 Quarter Horse Stallion of the Year Escondido Beach broke out of the gate on top and never looked back, stopping the timer in :20.010 seconds. She was a one and one-quarter length winner over James Del Rey and Jackson, who closed well for second over Mister Swagger James and Cristian Esqueda for third.
Coco Beach, trained by Randy Smith and owned by breeder Sheri Miller, earned her fourth career victory in the trial. She moved over the $50,000 mark in career earnings.
The top 10 qualifiers for the final of the Sterlie Bertram Memorial, with jockey and time, includes: Fantastic Six Pack (Shanley Jackson :19.769); Beach Bum Eddie (Cesar Esqueda :19.803); WH Kenny G (Rodney Prescott :19.829); Coco Beach (Berkley Packer :20.010); Marantha Is Coming (Rolando Pina :20.056); Euro Blazin (Jose Santos :20.176); James Del Rey (Shanley Jackson :20.225); Megatron Harry (Berkley Packer :20.274); Mister Swagger James (Cristian Esqueda :20.307); and HF Paint Me A Storm (Rodney Prescott :20.366). Trainers Randy Smith and Matt Frazier each had two qualify for the final.
Two more all-Quarter Horse racing nights are left on the 2016 racing schedule. Trials for the $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity, the $100,000-added Governor’s Stake and the $100,000-added QHRAI Derby are slated for Saturday, Oct. 8. The finals, plus the $75,000 Indiana Championship, will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 for Quarter Horse Stakes Night. The evening will include an appearance by Martha Claussen of the Wrangler Q-Racing Ace program and the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will provide a long-sleeved t-shirt giveaway and $2 race wagers while supplies last.