Sullimar Stables’ Get Stormy,
winner of the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile here this spring, tuned up for a
run in Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) by working three furlongs on
firm turf around the “dogs” in :35.40 under exercise rider Javier
Cabrera on Thursday morning.
was perhaps a shade strong, but it was fine,” trainer Tom Bush said of
the work that included galloping out a half-mile in :47.80. “I wanted to
work him before we left New York, but they had so much rain up there, I
couldn’t do it. He hasn’t done anything in 12 days and he takes a lot
of training, so that’s why he had the blowout this morning.”
Stormy will break from post position eight under new rider Garrett
Gomez in the Shadwell Turf Mile as he attempts to become the first horse
complete a Maker’s Mark Mile-Shadwell Turf Mile double in the same
Stormy has won two of three starts at Keeneland, having taken the Bryan
Station (G3) in 2009 and run fourth behind Gio Ponti in last year’s
Shadwell Turf Mile.
been a very consistent horse and is even more mature this year and
carrying a little more weight,” Bush said of the 5-year-old, who
followed his Maker’s Mark Mile victory with a triumph in the Turf
Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Stormy could earn another trip to Churchill Downs in the Shadwell Turf
Mile, which is a “Win and You’re In” race for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile
(G1) to be run November 5.
“He would have to run extremely well to go to the Breeders’ Cup,” Bush said. “A lot depends on Saturday.”
Get Stormy finished 11th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Goldikova (IRE).