Fantastic Six Pack scores another stakes win in Bertram Memorial

Another fantastic performance was recorded by Fantastic Six Pack as he rallied home for his third straight victory in the eighth running of the $113,400 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The three-year-old, ridden by 2014 Indiana Grand Leading Quarter Horse Jockey Shanley Jackson, is now six for 10 lifetime for Trainer Matt Frazier and Owner Duke Racing LLC.

Fantastic Six Pack and Shanley Jackson get into gear late in the race to win the Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Fantastic Six Pack and Shanley Jackson get into gear late in the race to win the Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Fantastic Six Pack was not the first name called out of the gate. Beach Bum Eddie and Cesar Esqueda rallied out quickly from post three and secured the lead in the first few strides of the 400-yard dash. He maintained the lead from the center of the track before the outside horses, including Fantastic Six Pack, began to close in to become a threat. Fantastic Six Pack had a big rallying stride that brought him even with Beach Bum Eddie and in the last four strides, he was able to move into the lead and take home the title by three-quarters of a length over Beach Bum Eddie. WH Kenny G and Rodney Prescott also closed well to finish in a tight photo, just a head back from Beach Bum Eddie for third.

“We were hoping for a little better break,” said Frazier. “He stumbled a little coming out of the gate and that cost us a few strides. After 200 yards, he hits a gear that most cannot and he made up that ground. He just gets more professional and better every time he runs.”

Fantastic Six Pack scored the stakes win, his second, in a time of :19.819 seconds, a new stakes record for the Bertram Memorial. The previous record of :19.835 seconds was set in 2013 by Tiny’s First Pepsi and Rodney Prescott. The homebred son of Fantastic Corona Jr. paid $4.00, $2.40, $2.10 across the board as the race favorite.

The Duke Family accepts the trophy from Joyse Bannister of the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development for their win in the Sterlie Bertram Memorial. Also assisting with the presentation is Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand on the far right. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

The Duke Family accepts the trophy from Joyse Bannister of the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development for their win in the Sterlie Bertram Memorial. Also assisting with the presentation is Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand on the far right. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

“Mr. Matt (Frazier) did a good job getting this horse ready for this race,” said Jackson. “He’s a pleasure to ride and I thank the Duke Family for allowing me to ride him.”

Fantastic Six Pack is currently on a three-race win streak. After winning two of his five starts as a two-year-old, the sorrel gelding has come back with authority during his three-year-old season for Chris and Stephanie Duke’s operation out of nearby Whiteland, Ind. They are also heavily involved in the Quarter Horse Barrel Racing industry. They have been involved in racing most of their lives and Fantastic Six Pack is the latest star to emerge from their operation.

“His next start is fairly undecided,” said Frazier. “That is up to the Dukes. We might start him one more time this year, but he’s Indiana bred and we want to keep him sound and happy for next year.”