‘No respect’ lost in defeat; Got Stormy on to Breeders’ Cup

September 15, 2019 10:02am
‘No respect’ lost in defeat; Got Stormy on to Breeders’ Cup
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While Mark Casse witnessed a defeat to his Woodbine Mile (G1) favorite Got Stormy on Saturday, the trainer still believes he has a horse to beat in the Breeders’ Cup.

“I was proud of her,” Casse said after locally based 44-1 shot El Tormenta ground out a half-length victory over Got Stormy. “I knew, this is a tough place to win. There is a huge home field advantage.”

Casse’s roots are at Woodbine, but Got Stormy shipped in after a summer at Saratoga, where she won the De La Rose Stakes, then turned around a week later to beat the boys in the Fourstardave (G1).

Plans still call for Got Stormy, a 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy, to run in the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile over the Santa Anita Park turf.

“This will set her up,” Casse said. “They still have to beat her, I think, in California. Obviously we would have liked to win, but I’m extremely proud of her.”

Got Stormy stalked the pace and ranged up four-wide leaving the far turn in the Woodbine Mile. El Tormenta meanwhile tipped out to set up a stretch duel and just edged away, producing a race record $91.40 payout on a $2 win bet.

“I was just a little worried that they weren’t going to carry her far enough and that she’d make the lead,” Casse said. “But the winner ran very well — showed a lot of guts down inside.

“I was proud of our filly. I’ve lost no respect for her, and I feel extremely confident that we’ll be right there in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Tyler Gaffalione, who rode the Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stable runner, said he got “a beautiful trip” — and offered a reason why Get Stormy could improve into the Breeders’ Cup, even off a loss and against stronger competition.

“I think she’ll be dynamite out there,” Gaffalione said. “This track is a one-turn mile. It’s a long course. She has a lot of quickness to her, and I think Santa Anita will fit her perfectly.”

Got Stormy has finished in the money in each of her six starts this season, looking like a different horse following a layoff after her 3-year-old campaign. The Fourstardave victory earned her comparisons to Tepin, another top turf female who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile for Casse. Two years later, World Approval took the 2017 renewal for the barn as well.

 

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