Breathless Storm, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained winner of
the Jersey Derby on Haskell Day, will head to Hawthorne Race Course on
Saturday, October 15 for the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (G3), assistant trainer
Andrew St. Lawrence said.
The 3-year-old son of Storm Cat who won a pair of races this
summer at Monmouth Park was scheduled to run in last Saturday’s Kent Stakes
(G3) at Delaware before that event was rained off the turf.
“The Kent was Plan A before the weather came,” St. Lawrence
said. “Now it looks like Plan B is the
Hawthorne Derby. The Jamaica [at Belmont
on Oct. 8] is out there but that’s a Grade 1 for $250,000 and the race at Hawthorne is a Grade 3
Before shipping to Monmouth Park for the summer, Breathless
Storm kicked off his 2011 campaign – following three 2010 races in England –
with a fourth-place finish in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park. The second-place finisher in that event was
none other than eventual Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
“He’s a neat horse to have in the barn,” St. Lawrence
said. “He’s been improving with each and
every race and that race in the Jersey Derby was really eye-opening.”