Get Stormy Seeks Bernard Baruch Repeat

Get Stormy with Javier Castekkano wins The Fourstardave Saratoga Springs NY 8.1.2010
Get Stormy, winner of last year’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, will attempt to defend his title Friday as he faces 10 foes in the $200,000, 1 1/8-mile turf race.


The Sullimar Stable homebred was a front-running winner of the Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile at Keeneland on April 15 and the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 7. He has not raced since a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes on June 12. Originally pointed for the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on July 31, in which he was also trying for a repeat, the 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic came up with a minor tendon issue and was forced to miss the race.


“We trained him up to the Fourstardave with all intentions of running and then suddenly we weren’t able to run,” said trainer Tom Bush. “We had to add another four weeks to his layoff time and you always have to be concerned at this level of competition that he’s going to be a little lacking in conditioning. He’s coming off a 12-week layoff and he’s got to go a mile and an eighth. He’s got his work cut out for him, but he’s run exceptionally well up here in the past and he’s been pretty sharp, so hopefully he can give us another good one.”


The 122-pound highweight and 3-1 morning-line favorite, Get Stormy drew post position 11 under Ramon Dominguez.


Returning to the turf after a pair of impressive efforts on dirt is Stuart Janney, III’s Hymn Book, winner of an off-the-turf running of the Three Coins Up overnight stakes at Belmont on May 19. He went on to finish second to a much-the-best Flat Out in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at the Big Sandy on July 2. Briefly considered for the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on Saratoga’s main track, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey ultimately decided to put Hymn Book back on grass, over which he has a record of 3-2-0 from six starts.


“I just didn’t think the Whitney fit him,” McGaughey said of the 5-year-old Arch gelding. “The racetrack was playing so much speed then and even though he showed some speed at Belmont, he never really had showed that speed before. I always thought he liked the grass better; he might prove me wrong on Friday. I’ve got plenty of respect for [Get Stormy], but he’s had a couple little incidents and sometimes when that happens you might catch him. He’s beat me a couple of times, so maybe it’s my turn.”


John Velazquez has the return call aboard Hymn Book, and the pair will leave from post 8 as the 4-1 morning-line second choice carrying 115 pounds.


The second- through sixth-place finishers from the Fourstardave have all entered to run back in the Bernard Baruch. In that race, Sidney’s Candy led from gate to wire and was tracked by Moryba and Beau Choix, who maintained those positions all the way around to finish second and third.


Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for Correas Thoroughbreds, Inc., Brazilian-bred Moryba will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh from post 10. Beau Choix, who has run consistently on turf this spring and summer for trainer Barclay Tagg and owner/breeder Belle Meadows Farm and Lael Stable, will be ridden by Jose Lezcano from post position 4. Both horses have been assigned 6-1 morning line odds.


Blues Street, Turallure and Paris Vegas complete the Fourstardave faction.


New shooters for the Bernard Baruch include the internationally-bred pair of Loup Breton and Interaction.


The Irish-bred Loup Breton exits a runner-up finish in an optional claimer at Saratoga on July 28, his first start since running fourth in the Grade 3 Pan American at Gulfstream Park on March 26. Trained by Todd Pletcher, who will also saddle Blues Street, Loup Breton gets the services of Javier Castellano from post 9 at 8-1 on the morning line.


Interaction, bred and raced in Argentina before being sent to France and then Dubai, will make his second start for trainer Christophe Clement in the Bernard Baruch. A dual Group 1 stakes winner in his native country, he was most recently eighth in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 9.


“He had a bad trip and he probably needed the race,” Clement said. “He’s training well and he looks well.”


Interaction, 10-1, drew the rail and will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez.


Completing the field in the Bernard Baruch are Baryshnikov, third in Monmouth’s Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes on July 31, and Boots Ahead, who defeated Loup Breton on July 28 in his most recent outing.


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








Interaction (ARG)

C H Velasquez


C Clement



Turallure (KY)

J R Leparoux


C Lopresti



Paris Vegas (KY)

A O Solis


T H Voss



Beau Choix (KY)

J Lezcano


B Tagg



Baryshnikov (KY)

C J Lanerie


M J Maker



Boots Ahead (KY)

E Castro


G Weaver



Blues Street (KY)

K J Desormeaux


T A Pletcher



Hymn Book (KY)

J R Velazquez


C R McGaughey III



Loup Breton (IRE)

J Castellano


T A Pletcher



Moryba (BRZ)

R Maragh


W I Mott



Get Stormy (KY)

R A Dominguez


T M Bush




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Older Comments about Get Stormy Seeks Bernard Baruch Repeat...

I'm always looking for the bang for the buck...Get Stormy is always dangerous especially in this race but I'm looking closely at Baryshnikov and Loup the odds and worth a long look since Get Stormy is indeed coming off a long layoff.
Love this horse and can't wait to see him again. I hope he wins!
Don't sleep on Turallure.
I'm confident that Get Stormy can repeat here.

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