Photo: Eclipse Spotswire - Sue Kawczynski
Storming Inti, the hard-fought winner of the Kitten’s Joy on Jan. 19,
may return to Gulfstream for the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) on
Trainer Chad Brown is keeping an eye on the nine-furlong Palm Beach
for Storming Inti, a 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic colt owned by Santa Rosa
“He’s doing really well,” Brown said. “The Kitten’s Joy, he really
fought hard in the stretch and I thought he was tired after the race.
I’m just letting him recharge his batteries and get into a nice rhythm
Storming Inti ran his win streak to four races,
including three stakes, in the Kitten’s Joy, where he outran Grade 1
winner We Miss Artie down the stretch to prevail by a head.
He has worked twice since the race, most recently going a half-mile in 50.80 seconds at Palm Meadows on Feb. 9.
“I’m not sure if I’ll make the Palm Beach or not with the horse, but
it’s a possibility,” Brown said. “I was really pleased with his
performance. It’s a long year, so that’s why I haven’t made the Palm
Beach a definite start. If I feel he’s up to it by the time that race
comes, then he’ll run. If he needs more time, we’ll just focus on other
Brown said Normandy Invasion continues to progress toward his 2014
debut, having had eight works since mid-December, including a sharp five
furlongs in 1:00.60 on Feb. 9. He has not raced since finishing fourth
in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
“He’s coming along really nicely,” Brown said. “We’re still not
positive on where we’re going to start him, or when, but he’s been doing
very well. He’s right on schedule.”
No decision has been made on the next start for Coup de Grace, who
suffered his first career loss when 10th in the $400,000 Miller Lite
Holy Bull (G2) on Jan. 25. He returned to the work tab with a
four-furlong breeze in 48.90 seconds on Feb. 9.
“He breezed well, but we’re not sur what we’re going to do with him
yet,” Brown said. “The Holy Bull wasn’t a good gauge for us with how the
horse will handle two turns. He didn’t break well and then he rushed up
there and got a little rank, and was going a little fast on the front.
The whole race unfolded exactly the way we didn’t want, so we’re just
going to draw a line through that and go from there. Where we’ll run him
and at what level, we’re not sure yet. We’re going to give him a nice
rhythm of breezing back and then pick a spot.”