‘Mystery’ is ‘Golden’ in Hurricane Bertie
Golden Mystery was originally scheduled to be in Kentucky on Sunday, but the 7-year-old mare ended up in the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle.
Still scheduled to be in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale on Monday, Golden Mystery ($7.20) won for the Farnsworth Stables one last time, scoring an impressive 3 ½ -length victory in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3).
“We weren’t sure we were going to run. I sent her home (to Farnsworth Farm) for four or five days. She was going to the sale. When I found out Dust and Diamonds got hurt, I told the owners I wanted to bring her back for this race. That was the filly to beat,” said trainer Marty Wolfson of his decision to race Golden Mystery in the 6 ½ -furlong stakes for fillies and mares after learning that the Todd Pletcher-trained Dust And Diamonds had been retired.
Golden Mystery, who captured the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 19, stalked the pace before surging to the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch and drawing off under a hand ride.
"I felt like I would win this race because I know this mare. This is her favorite weather, too, because she has a problem sweating. Martin Wolfson told me when she is coming down the stretch to let her run,” jockey Luis Saez said. “He wanted her in second or third position and that would be perfect for her. She was very easy, amazing."
Fantasy of Flight, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of late-closing Wolfson trained-Nakano and jockey Joel Rosario.
Wolfson’s victorious 5-2 favorite in a field of nine fillies and mares ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.96.
Wolfson is hopeful that the winning bidders for Golden Mystery, will decided to send the 7-year-old daughter of Awesome Again back to his stable.
“I think she’s a Breeders’ Cup type,” Wolfson said. “She’s gotten so good. The older she gets, the better she’s gotten. She’s just happy.”