Taken by the Storm Seeks Success in Hanshin Cup

HorseRacingNation.com
July 16, 2015 11:06am

One of the more intriguing entrants in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup at Arlington International Racecourse is Clint Joiner, Matthew Bond and Jim Curry’s Taken by the Storm. Trained by Grant Forster, the son of Stormy Atlantic was claimed last out for $50,000 out of a Churchill Downs turf race. Racing over a two-turn mile that day, he will be competing for his new connections over a one-turn Polytrack mile Saturday, while also adding blinkers.

 

“He has a really good Polytrack record and he won two of those races, was disqualified for one of those and was fourth in the (Grade III $550,000) Spiral Stakes in the other one,” Forster said. “The Hanshin looks like a good spot for him. Obviously, we just claimed him, but I think he fits very well, the pace could set up well for him and we’re excited to bring him up there. He’s trained well so far.”

 

In 14 starts, the Kentucky-bred 5-year-old horse has finished in the exacta in six of those and exits a sharp drill on July 7 at Churchill, getting five furlongs in :59.20.

 

“We watched some of his replays and thought he ran good numbers against tough horses in some nice races,” Forster continued. “Being five years old, he was lightly raced and we’re hoping there’s more left in the tank. It also looks like he has been managed well, despite a few gaps. Every time he ran on synthetic and turf he seems to have run well.

 

“I think he’ll end up on the lead,” Forster said of the pace scenario. “We’ll let him roll. We put blinkers on him to focus him on what he’s doing and I think he’ll naturally be forwardly placed.”

 

AMERICA MON AMIE BURNS UP TRACK, POINTS TO PUCKER UP

 

Captain Jack Racing Stable’s America Mon Amie indicated her readiness for her next start on Tuesday morning, working a half-mile in :45 flat – the fastest work of the meet so far at that distance. Trained by Tony Granitz, the daughter of Group I winner All Americanand stakes winner Si Si Mon Amie is being aimed at the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes on the Arlington Million undercard, Aug. 15.

 

A well-built bay filly, America Mon Amie has flourished since coming to Arlington this spring. After breaking her maiden with authority on May 15 against older fillies and ares, the sophomore returned to win the $75,000 Northbound Pride Oaks at Canterbury Park last out on June 21 – defeating stakes winner Mizz Money in the process.

 

After two consecutive one-mile grass victories, she will try to stretch out to 1 1/8 miles in the Pucker Up, where she is likely to face a plethora of 3-year-old turf fillies, including fellow local Prado’s Sweet Ride, who exits a victory in the Grade III $100,000 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs at the Pucker Up’s nine-furlong trip.

 


WORK TAB

 

Lothenbach Stables’ No Fault of Mine returned to the Arlington work tab for the first time in nearly a year on Wednesday. Trained by Chris Block, the graded stakes-placed daughter of Blame worked four furlongs in :48.20 on Wednesday.

 

Richard Otto’s recent impressive allowance-winning mare Summer Again – a full-sister to Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup entrantEmpirestrikesagain – returned to the tab for trainer Tony Mitchell, negotiating a half-mile Wednesday in :48 flat.

 

Saratoga graded stakes-bound 2-year-old Cocked and Loaded worked another bullet on Wednesday for trainer Larry Rivelli, going a half-mile in :47.40 for owners Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope.

 

Multiple graded stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Sarah Sis worked five furlongs in :59.60 on Thursday toward her next start in the Grade I $500,000 Test Stakes for trainer Ingrid Mason and owner Joe Ragsdale.

Source: Arlington Park

 

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