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Breeders' Cup 2017

Get Stormy Solid Choice in Baruch

Get Stormy with Javier Castekkano wins The Fourstardave Saratoga Springs NY 8.1.2010

Get Stormy will try to pick up his fourth victory at Saratoga Race Course and his second graded stakes victory of the 2010 Spa meeting when he competes in Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap.


The 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic has emerged victorious in five of his past six races. He won an allowance and the Lure at Saratoga in 2009, and added to his winning streak by taking the Grade 3 Bryan Station at Keeneland, the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs, and the Elkwood at Monmouth Park. After finishing fourth in the Grade 2 King Edward at Woodbine on June 27, Get Stormy prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths at Saratoga on August 1 in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap.


“He’s had four weeks since his last start, which is fine,” said Tom Bush, who trains Get Stormy for Sullimar Stable. “He’s had one workout since that race [a bullet five-furlong drill around dogs on the Oklahoma Turf Course in 59.60 on August 20], and it went exceptionally well.”


The Bernard Baruch, a 1 1/8th-mile event on the Inner Turf Course, will be Get Stormy’s first start beyond 1 1/16th miles.


“We haven’t done it, so we have to see if he can handle it,” said Bush. “Hopefully it won’t be a hurdle. We’re focused on having our horse right and ready.”


Get Stormy, the 9-5 morning-line favorite and 118-pound highweight, will have the services of Javier Castellano and will break from post position 5.


Castletop Stable’s Baletti, winner of the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Belmont Park on May 1, will try to rebound after finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Monmouth on June 12.


“I threw that race out,” said trainer Angel Penna, Jr. “He was a maniac that day. It was a hot day. I don’t know if the heat got to him, but he was out of his mind before the race, during the race, and after the race.”

Cornelio Velasquez will ride Baletti, who will break from the rail under 115 pounds as the 5-1 third choice.


Whatsthescript is winless since taking the 2008 Grade 2 Del Mar Mile Handicap, but continues to knock on the door in stakes races. Transferred to the barn of Gary Contessa this spring following a season at stud, Whatsthescript was third in the Battlefield at Monmouth on July 10 and fourth in the Fourstardave.


Rajiv Maragh has picked up the mount aboard Whatsthescript, who was installed at 4-1 on the morning line and assigned 115 pounds. The duo will leave from post position 2.


National Kid, winner of three of four starts, steps up in class for the Bernard Baruch. After opening his career with victories at Kentucky Downs and Gulfstream Park, the Brazilian-bred finished sixth in an Aqueduct optional claimer last August. Sent to the sidelines following that effort, the gelding was a gate-to-wire winner of a July 5 Monmouth Park allowance last time out.


Tabbed at 6-1 on the morning line, National Kid will break from post seven under Julien Leparoux and 114 pounds.


Completing the field are Sudden War, who cuts back in distance following thirds in two Grade 2 events at Santa Anita over the winter and a ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland; Nownownow, most recently fourth in the Grade 3 Oceanport at Monmouth; Rogue Victory, winner of a Saratoga allowance on August 5; and Radical Sabbatical, fifth in the Fourstardave.

The field for the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch:








Baletti (KY)

C H Velasquez


A J Penna, Jr.



Whatsthescript (IRE)

R Maragh


G C Contessa



Sudden War (ARG)

K J Desormeaux


K G McPeek



Nownownow (KY)

E S Prado


P L Biancone



Get Stormy (KY)

J Castellano


T M Bush



Rogue Victory (KY)

J R Velazquez


G Weaver



National Kid (BRZ)

J R Leparoux


R E Dutrow, Jr.



Radical Sabbatical (KY)

R A Dominguez


B Tagg







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