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Get Stormy gets first Grade I win

Posted: April 19, 2011 4:35 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Coady Photo/Keeneland Association/

GET STORMY CARRIED Javier Castellano to a victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile. The 5-year-old was prepared in Camden at Custom Care Equine.

Last summer, Get Stormy won both the Fourstardave Handicap and the Bernard Baruch, a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf at Saratoga. He then came home fourth and third, respectively, in his first two Grade I starts for trainer Tom Bush.

Last Friday, the Sullimar Stable’s-owned 5-year-old, who was developed in Camden by Donna Freyer at Custom Care Equine (CCE), scored his first Grade I victory by wiring an eight-horse field in the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland.

Under a ride from Javier Castellano, Get Stormy went to the lead from the start and was never headed throughout the one-mile run in the rain over a Keeneland turf course listed as good. The winning time was 1:37.31.

Workin for Hops, who ran behind Get Stormy the entire race came home second, 2 ¾ lengths behind the winner.

The win was the fifth in a graded stakes win for Get Stormy, who was 11th in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. In 21 career starts, Get Stormy has nine wins to go along with two seconds and a pair of thirds which have earned him $795,961.

One day later, the CCE-prepared Justenufappeal took the early lead, lost it midway through the race before keeping it for good with a powerful stretch run in the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

A 3-year-old filly trained by Steven Specht for Praz Racing Stable Eddie Delahoussaye & Michael Dye, Justenufappeal had Russell Baze in the irons for her winning run in the 1 1/16-mile run over the turf course. The winning time over a course labeled firm was 1:46.06.

Justenufappeal lost the lead to Alec’s Moon at the second turn, but rallied down the stretch to take the lead before holding off Windy Sails to win by a length and three-quarters.

CCE had more success over the weekend with Kid Kate, a 4-year-old filly finishing third in the Grade 2 $150,000 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct over the weekend. Owned by Dell Ridge Farm and trained by Chad Brown, who had Cornelio Velaszquez up, the daughter of Lemmon Drop Kid-Run Kate Run has now won five of her 12 lifetime starts with a pair of seconds and two thirds which have brought in $236,929.

Further south, the former CCE product, Police Chatter, broke his maiden by winning a $63,600 maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Owned by Red and Black Stable and trained by Phillip Serpe, the 3-year-old was making his third career start and second of the year with a new rider, Ryan Curatolo up.

Police Chatter had a second and a third in his previous two starts and has now banked $39,680 from his three starts.

Sheppard strong at Keeneland:

Last Thursday, Safe Crossing, a 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly, used a bold move to go from 10th in a field of 12 after three-quarters of a mile to first at the finish line in a $50,000 maiden special weight. The win was worth $31.60 to her backers.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Safe Crossing made the 1 1/16-mile trip over the firm turf course in a clocking of 1:44.72. She beat Maid of Heaven to the finish line by 1 ¼-lengths.

Saturday, the Sheppard-conditioned Fantasia finished second behind Never Retreat in the Grade 2 $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes. Napravnik again got the call aboard the 5-year-old Sadler’s Well mare.

Fantasia finished a length and three-quarters behind Never Retreat in the field of 13. The winning time for the 1 1/16-mile run over a rain-softened turf course listed as yielding was 1:44.72.

It was the second runner-up finish for Augustin and Sheppard in the Jenny Wiley, having taken second in the race a year ago with Forever Together, who won the race in 2009.

Kirkwood-prepared horses score at Keeneland:

A Dr. John Chandler homebred trained by Ralph Nicks, Joshua Reynolds was ridden by Robby Albarado.

Running 10th in a field of 12 on the turn home, Albarado took his mount and circled six wide to overtake Colonialism by a neck. The time for the 1 1/16-mile run on the turn was 1:45.81.

The victory was the third in seven starts for Joshua Reynolds, who also has a second, while having earned $81,185.

Sunday, the Kirkwood-developed Jeanbapstiste Corot, a 3-year-old colt broke his maiden with a ¾-length win in a $50,000 maiden special weight race at Keeneland.

The Reiko & Michael Baum homebred, who is trained by Ken McPeek, had Alan Garcia in the saddle for the winning ride which stopped the clock at 1:44.28.

Jeanbaptiste Corot tracked down Scuff in the late stages of the races and kicked on for his first win in four starts. He has accumulated $40,829 in his young career.

Another Kirkwood product, Peachtree Stable’s 3-year-old filly Plum Pretty, is being pointed for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Peachtree Stable is owned by Camden’s John Fort.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Plum Pretty tuned up for the Kentucky Oaks with a 25-length win in the $200,000 Sunland Parks Oaks in her last time out. Since then, she turned in a six-furlong workout run of 1:12.60 at Santa Anita last Friday after a bullet four-furlong work the week before.


(Turned from Home is a regular feature in the Chronicle-Independent spotlighting Thoroughbred flat horses sent to the track from Camden, as well as local owners and trainers. Any persons having racing information which they would like to pass along should call Tom Didato at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at

Joshua Reynolds, a 4-year-old colt prepared by Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, won a $58,000 race on Keeneland’s turf course last Wednesday.
Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard enjoyed a good weekend at the Versailles track with a pair of Augustin Stable runners.


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