'All systems go'; Stormy Liberal to run on Dubai World Cup night

Dubai Racing Club
January 03, 2019 09:19am

Two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal’s connections are unbothered by his upset on New Year’s Day in Santa Anita Park's Joe Hernandez Stakes (G3), reporting that all is well with the 2018 Al Quoz Sprint (G1) runner-up.

Appearing a likely winner throughout most of the running, the talented charge provided little answer for hard-closing Caribou Club, however, in the final yards. The 12-time winner is still on schedule for his quest to win the Al Quoz Sprint.

“All systems go,” said Brian Trump, co-owner of Rockingham Ranch and manager of said ownership. “He’s definitely being pointed to Dubai. There are not many Grade 1 turf sprints here in the U.S., and he has shown us that he belongs with the top turf sprinters in the world.

"We will take it one prep at a time, but ‘Stormy’ wants the Al Quoz Sprint title."

The son of Stormy Atlantic began his 7-year-old season on Tuesday and has won 12 of 31 career starts with earnings totaling more than $1.9 million. Stormy Liberal ran second in the last Al Quoz Sprint, with the Joe Hernandez Stakes merely a prep to set him up for one better on March 30 at Meydan.

“This race was by no means a must-win for him,” Trump said. “The race came up very difficult and the downhill course at Santa Anita always offers a different aspect to the race.”

Stormy Liberal, who is co-owned by Rockingham and David Bernsen, is among the expected finalists to be announced on Saturday for the Eclipse Award for champion American turf horse. His 119 Beyer Speed Figure in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint was fastest of any American runner on grass last season.


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