for the first time by leading man Rafael Bejarano, Stormy Lucy, trained
by Frank Lucarelli, slipped through at the rail a furlong from home and
won Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes going away by 1 ½
lengths, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.11.
Photo: Benoit Photo
A troubled fifth in the Grade II Buena Vista Handicap Feb. 17 under
Isaias Enriquez, Stormy Lucy was unhurried early, sitting fifth at the
rail going into the far turn, continued to hug the rail turning for home
and blasted past pacesetter Nickels Wild a furlong out. The win
provided Lucarelli, a rugged right handed pitcher for the Victoria
Mussels of the Class Short “A” Northwest League in 1978, with his first
graded stakes win at Santa Anita.
“All I told (Bejarano) was, ‘You do the riding, but she’ll go
anywhere,’” said Lucarelli. “She’ll go inside, between ‘em, over ‘em.
She’s an easy horse to get around there. You’ve just got to find the
“I’ve won a couple smaller stakes here but this is my first graded win
at Santa Anita and I’ve been training for 35 years, ever since I got
released in the minor leagues (laughing).”
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Stormy Atlantic, Stormy Lucy was off
at 9-2 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $11.00,
“It was my first time on her,” said Bejarano. “Today was perfect. She
broke well and I got great position. I got through on the rail and she
Owned by Erica Gaunt, Stormy Lucy won for the sixth time in 21 starts
and picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $392,200.
Emotional Kitten, idle since winning the Grade II Mrs. Revere Stakes
Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs, followed the winner into the far turn but
was caught four wide and finished well to be second with Victor
Espinoza, one length in front of Miss Serendipity and Brice Blanc.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Emotional Kitten was the second choice at 4-1 and paid $4.20 and $3.00.
Trained by Ron McAnally and ridden for the first time by Brice Blanc,
Argentine-bred Miss Serendipity relaxed well in her third stateside
start, sitting a comfortable third into the far turn and was one-paced
to the wire, finishing third, a head in front of 4-5 favorite Emollient
and Mike Smith.
Miss Serendipity paid $5.00 to show.
Trained by Bill Mott, Emollient, who had been idle since running a big
fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita
on Nov. 2, sat a close second to Nickels Wild through fractions of
24.95, 48.56, 1:12.11 and 1:35.69, but could never put a head in front
and was nailed right on the money for the show.
“It was her first race back,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her
last six starts. “She was a little eager in the wrong place. Honestly,
that’s all it was. She still ran well and I think she got a lot out of