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Get Stormy takes second in Shadwell Turf Mile

Posted: October 11, 2011 11:43 a.m.
Updated: October 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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GIO PONTI OVERTAKES Get Stormy on the outside en route to his win in the $600,000 Shadwell Mile contested Saturday at Keeneland.

Gio Ponti tracked down Get Stormy in deep stretch to win his second consecutive $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Get Stormy was developed in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine.

Gio Ponti completed the one-mile turf race in a time of 1:34.17, the second fastest run in the 26-year history of the race, trailing only Altibr’s 1:33.60 in 2000.

Get Stormy, ridden for the first time by Garrett Gomez, stalked Sidney’s Candy who led the field of eight through the first three-quarters of a mile with Get Stormy now farther back than a length and half before Gomez took his mount to the lead at the top of the stretch. But Ramon Dominguez urged Gio Ponti on with an eighth of a mile left, went outside of Get Stormy and went on for the 1 ½-length victory.

Trained by Tom Bush for Sullimar Stable, Get Stormy earned $120,000 for his second-place finish. In seven starts this year, the 5-year-old has two wins, two seconds and a pair of thirds for $730,236. In 25 career starts, which includes 10 trips to the winners’ circle, Get Stormy has $1,316,197 in purse money.

In the days leading up to Saturday’s race at Keeneland, Bush said Get Stormy would have to run extremely well in order to punch his ticket into next month’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. After his game run on Saturday, Bush said he is making tentative plans for a trip down to Louisville the first weekend in November.

"It is disappointing to run that great and lose," Bush said in a statement released by the Keeneland press office. "I knew that Sidney’s Candy would be tough to get by and when I saw that 1:22 and 2 for seven-eighths, I knew that he had had to run hard. He just got beat by a very special horse.

"We will probably go to the Breeders’ Cup, but that’s not etched in stone."

Another CCE graduate, Fantastic Song, finished third in the $100,000 Pilgrim Stakes (Gr. 3) at Belmont Park on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The 2-year-old Lemon Drop Kid - Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light colt was making his second career start after having broken his maiden in his first time out at Saratoga. In his two starts, he has earned $40,000 for trainer Chad Brown.

Mrs. Commons second in Oak Tree Mile:

Trained by John Shireffs, the 3-year-old son of Artie Schiller-Joustabout, by Apalachee, was ridden by regular jockey Mike Smith in the one mile run over the turf course.

Running for the first time since taking second in the Del Mar Mile in August, Mr. Commons was seventh in the field of eight starters through the first half mile of the race before moving to fifth at three-quarters of a mile and was third at the top of the stretch. But he could not overtake Jeranimo, which held off a Mr. Commons rally to win by three-quarters of a length.

Mr. Commons earned $30,000 for his run, which brought his bankroll to $323,660 from eight starts in 2011, in which he has three wins, two seconds and a third.

Silver Heart second in Maryland Million Distaff:

Trained by Gary Capuano, who had Travis Dunkelberger in the irons, the daughter of Lion Hearted-Holy Princess by Holy Bull, was never worse than third in the field of seven starters in the seven-furlong race over the main track. Third at the top of the stretch, Silver Heart got past Lily Quatorze but was unable to overtake Love That Dance, which hung on to win by a head in a time of 1:24.51.

Silver Heart has two wins and a pair of seconds in four 2011 starts which have brought in $63,600. In 26 career starts, she has 10 wins, five seconds and four thirds which have amounted to $286,862 in earnings.

J.B.’s Thunder third at Keeneland:

Trained by Al Stall Jr., J.B.’s Thunder won last fall’s Dixiana Breeders’ Cup futurity at Keeneland before finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

In five career starts, J.B’s Thunder has two wins and a third which have netted his connections $279,300.


(Turned from Home is a regular feature in the sports pages of the Chronicle-Independent spotlighting Thoroughbred flat horses, which were 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 and be included in this column should call the C-I sports department at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at

J.B.’s Thunder, which received his started with Frank and Daphne Wooten at Frank Wooten Stables in Camden, took third in a $54,000 allowance race at Keeneland on Sunday. It was the second start of the year for the 3-year-old colt, which had not raced in some nine months prior to his 2011 debut in September.
Silver Heart, a 6-year-old mare who is owned, bred and trained under the watchful eye of Nancy Terhune at her Camden stable, finished second behind Love That Dance in the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff Handicap contested at Laurel Park on Oct. 1.
Mr. Commons, who got his start at Mickey Preger Stables in Camden, took second in the $150,000 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.


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