Breeders' Cup-qualified Stormy Embrace leads the Sheer Drama

Gulfstream Park Communications
September 05, 2019 05:50pm

Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s Stormy Embrace, who captured the Princess Rooney (G2) on the June 29 Summit of Speed card, is scheduled for a return to action in Saturday’s $100,000 Sheer Drama at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, Stormy Embrace will clash with eight rivals in the Sheer Drama, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

Stormy Embrace secured a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park with her two-length triumph in the Princess Rooney, a seven-furlong sprint that the 5-year-old daughter of Circular Quay won by six lengths in 2018.

Stormy Embrace finished a troubled 11th in the Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs last fall before finishing second by a neck behind Dream Pauline in the Sugar Swirl (G3) and third behind Dream Pauline in the Hurricane Bertie (G3) during Gulfstream’s 2018-2019 Championship Meet. She came off a four-month layoff to capture the $100,000 Musical Romance, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-breds, by more than 10 lengths while tuning up for her title defense in the Princess Rooney.

Wilmer Garcia has the return mount.

Todd Pletcher-trained Shanghai Starlet returns to Gulfstream and state-bred competition after finishing off the board in a 5 ½-turf stakes at Monmouth. King of Prussia Stables’ 4-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby has won three of five starts over Gulfstream’s main track, including a win in the Panama City last summer. She also won the Sunshine Millions Distaff Preview at Gulfstream Park West last November. Edgard Zayas, who was aboard for both stakes victories, has the mount Saturday.

Northwind Thoroughbreds LLC’s Ms Meshak enters the Sheer Drama off a going-away 2 3/4-length victory in the July 27 Added Elegance. The Joe Orseno-trained 4-year-old daughter of Shackleford has won five races over the Gulfstream main track and also won a five-furlong turf race over the local turf in April. Jairo Rendon has the mount.

Stakes winners Wildwood’s Beauty and Starcloud have also been entered in the Sheer Drama, which also attracted stakes-placed last-out winners Heiresall and Amaluna, as well as Weekend Mischief and Bones.

2019 Sheer Drama Stakes (RS)


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