09/06/2014 4:22PM

Bern Identity wins third straight in Dave's Friend

Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Bern Identity and jockey C.C. Lopez take the Dave's Friend Stakes by a length Saturday.

LAUREL, Md. – Bern Identity stretched his win streak to three since returning from a 19-month layoff with a gritty one-length victory in the $100,000 Dave's Friend at Laurel Park on Saturday.

King Henry pressed the winner from the outside for the entire race but could not get by while holding the place by a nose over the 7-year-old Trickmeister.

Bern Identity had won the first two starts of his comeback for trainer Kelly Breen in stakes over wet tracks but showed in the Dave's Friend that he does not need an off track to produce a top performance.

In the Dave's Friend, Bern Identity was timed in fractions of 22.49 seconds, 44.96, and 56.80 en route to a final clocking of 1:08.99. Bern's Identity paid $3.40.

After the race, Breen said Bern Identity "is the type of horse you can think about taking to the Breeders' Cup."

Breen went on to say that Bern Identity could start next at Keeneland in the Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix Stakes at six furlongs. The Phoenix is a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race for the BC Sprint.

In his first two starts of the year, Bern Identity won the My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park and the restricted Tale of the Cat Stakes at Saratoga.

Sheer Drama wins Thirty Eight Go Go

The favored Sheer Drama opened up a sizable lead in upper stretch of the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday under jockey Trevor McCarthy and then held South Andros at bay through the final furlong to score by three lengths.

Sheer Drama, a 4-year-old daughter of Burning Roma trained by David Fawkes, covered the one-turn mile in a sharp 1:35.75 and paid $4.60.

South Andros, the 4-1 third choice in the seven-horse field, finished 4 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Made Up.

Speedy First, a South Korea-bred winner of $649,000 who was making her first North American start, was pulled up in the stretch but walked off under her own power.