Updated on 09/16/2011 7:00AM

Gold Mover likes track, looks tough

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - With few exceptions, Gold Mover has always been right there, finishing in the money 15 times in 18 career starts, including eight wins.

Gold Mover has turned in some of her finest performances at Gulfstream Park, winning two stakes here last year at 3 and also winning in her lone appearance at the 2002 meet, a Jan. 26 allowance.

So when trainer Mark Hennig leads over Gold Mover for the $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes Sunday, he will be fairly confident the filly will do her absolute best.

"Off her Gulfstream form, you've got to like her," said Hennig. "She definitely loves the surface here. Plus the distance is just right. Anywhere from six to seven furlongs, she's pretty salty."

Gold Mover, bred and owned by Edward P. Evans, should be the heavy favorite in the Hurricane Bertie, a 6 1/2-furlong race that attracted just five fillies and mares. In her latest start, Gold Mover shipped to Maryland, where she finished fourth as the second choice in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap behind the victorious Xtra Heat, who last year was voted the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old filly.

With Gold Mover as the one to beat, Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will take two shots at beating her with Celtic Melody and Shine Again.

Celtic Melody, a 4-year-old owned by Vinery Stables, has never won a stakes but did finish second in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct at 2. She was especially impressive last summer when capturing back-to-back allowance races at Saratoga.

Shine Again, owned by Bohemia Stable, is the more accomplished of the two Jerkens runners but has been away since winning the First Flight Handicap on Oct. 26. A 5-year-old mare, Shine Again has won 8 of 17 starts and earned more than $570,000.

Also in the race is Tugger, who has earned more than $340,000 but has run poorly in her last two starts. "Hopefully, she's going to run better," said her trainer, Todd Pletcher.

The remaining starter is Mandy's Gold.

The Hurricane Bertie was inaugurated here last spring, just a few months after the race's namesake, a mare who won more than $940,000,S died unexpectedly. The first running was won by heavily favored Swept Away, who, like Hurricane Bertie, was owned by the Klein family of Louisville, Ky.

"That was pretty emotional for the Kleins," recalled their trainer, Steve Flint.

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