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Fatale Bere gives Desormeaux sweep of Monday stakes in Surfer Girl

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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Fatale Bere (right), with Kent Desormeaux aboard, holds off Moon Dash to win the Surfer Girl Stakes by a nose on Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The French import Fatale Bere won her American debut in Monday’s $102,415 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on turf at Santa Anita.

Winning jockey Kent Desormeaux credited the filly’s determination in the final quarter-mile, when she held off a sustained run from the Mid-Atlantic shipper Moon Dash.

“It was a real horse race,” Desormeaux said. “She wouldn’t let the other filly go by. She won the race.”

The win gave Desormeaux a sweep of the two stakes for 2-year-olds on turf on Monday. Earlier, Desormeaux won the Zuma Beach Stakes on My Boy Jack.

Fatale Bere ($16.60) closed from 11th in a field of 12 to win by a nose over 9-2 Moon Dash. Fatale Bere broke a stride slowly, and Desormeaux guided her to the rail. Fatale Bere raced on the inside on the backstretch before Desormeaux moved her to the outside for the final three furlongs.

Fatale Bere was sixth with a quarter-mile remaining and fourth, trailing by about 1 1/2 lengths, with an eighth of a mile to go. Fatale Bere and Moon Dash were side by side late. with Fatale Bere winning by the narrowest of margins.

“She was very game between horses,” said winning trainer Leonard Powell. “I was happy on the backstretch. I could see he had horse.”

Retro, the 5-2 favorite, finished third, followed by One Fast Broad, Medaglia Gold, Yesterday’s News, Multiplayer, Deep Breath, Miss Puddles, Cute Knows Cute, Klosters, and Holy Diver.

Fatale Bere ran a mile in 1:34.73.

Powell said Fatale Bere is doubtful for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 3 because she has not been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program. It would cost $230,000 to start her in the Breeders' Cup - $200,000 for a lifetime nomination and an additional $30,000 in pre-entry and entry fees.

Owned by Gerald Benowitz, Mark Mathiese,n and Mathilde Powel, Fatale Bere arrived from France last month. She has won 3 of 4 starts and earned $92,274. Her only loss was a third in the Criterium de l’Ouest at Craon Racecourse in western France on Sept. 2.

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