Richard Bertram and Elaine Klein’s homebred Go West Bert slipped through a small opening along the inside rail at the top the stretch and powered home to a 14 ¼-length victory over Bobby Blue Eyes in Wednesday’s $43,100 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by jockey Calvin Borel, Go West Bert ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.88 over a track rated “sloppy.” The race for 3-year-olds was originally scheduled for turf, but was transferred to the main track due to rainfall in Louisville on Wednesday morning.
Go West Bert, a Kentucky-bred gelded son of Gone West out of the Timeless Native mare Clever Bertie, was rated in fourth before unleashing his winning move in upper stretch. The Steve Margolis trainee recorded his second win in nine starts and padded his bankroll to $65,900, thanks to the $27,031 first prize.
Go West Bert paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite in a field that was reduced to six starters after five late scratches. Bobby Blue Eyes returned $3 and $2.40. It’s a Rap was another length back in third and paid $2.60.