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Get Stormy Gets Clean Bill of Health

Get Stormy, who skipped the Grade 2 Fourstardave after a small bump was discovered on the edge of his right front tendon on Thursday, appears to be OK and might even defend his title in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on August 26.

 

“We scanned him again and everything looks clean,” said trainer Tom Bush. “We’ll probably be a little conservative and give him a couple more days of tack walking and jogging, but I think we’re okay.

 

“The Bernard Baruch is not out of the question, but we’ll just have to see how we do here for the next five or six days before we can really say for certain,” Bush said. “On ultrasound, we seem to be in good shape, so hopefully it will stay that way.”

 

In 2010, the Sullimar Stable representative won both the Fourstardave and the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga and he is undefeated in four career starts at the Spa. So far in 2011, he is the owner of two Grade 1 grass victories in the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland on April 15 and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 7. In his most recent outing on June 12, he was third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes behind Teaks North, who went on to win Monmouth’s Grade 1 United Nations in his next start.

 

Bush added that Nyala Farm’s New York-bred turfer Banrock, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02.66 over the Oklahoma turf course Monday morning, would make his next start in the $100,000 West Point Stakes for statebreds on August 18. The race will mark the 8-year-old gelding’s 40th career start and his fourth in the West Point , which he won in 2008 and 2009. Last year, he finished fourth in the race, then was sidelined with a gastrointestinal ailment in the fall. Winless in five starts so far this year, Bush is encouraged by Banrock’s previous West Point success .

 

“He’s won it twice and in 2008, when the turf was really, really soft, he just galloped,” Bush recalled. “It seems like he’s had a pretty good hold on that race.”

 

 

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