Champion Stormy Liberal returns for Del Mar's Green Flash

Del Mar Stable Notes
August 14, 2019 05:40pm
Two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Stormy Liberal will end a five-month layoff to defend his championship in the $100,000 Green Flash Handicap on Saturday, one of two Grade 3 events on the Pacific Classic Day program.

Trainer Peter Miller has set a similar race schedule to 2018 for Stormy Liberal, a 7-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding whose back-to-back Breeders’ Cup triumphs have boosted his earnings to more than $2.1 million for owners Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen.

Last year, the five-furlong Green Flash was the second start at Del Mar, both wins, for Stormy Liberal and his third after returning from Dubai and a runner-up performance in the $1 million sprint on the World Cup program.

This year, Stormy Liberal has been freshened since a third-place result in Dubai and trained up to the Green Flash at San Luis Rey Downs and here.

The field from the rail: Calexman (Geovanni Franco), Stormy Liberal (Drayden Van Dyke), Undrafted (Victor Espinoza), Shades Of Victory (Ruben Fuentes), Eddie Haskell (Kent Desormeaux) and Mr Vargas (Joe Talamo).

The Green Flash is scheduled as the third race of the day.

Michael Stidham-trained Classic Fit, runner-up in the Grade 2 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park in June, will be the focus of much attention in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the other Grade 3 on the card.

Classic Fit, a daughter of Bernardini, has three wins in five lifetime starts and has won from both on and off the pace.

The field from the rail: Into Chocolate (Mike Smith), High Regard (Rafael Bejarano), Classic Fit (Florent Geroux), Hollywood Hills (Julien Leparoux), Colonial Creed (Victor Espinoza), Sneaking Out  (Drayden Van Dyke), Fighting Mad (Joe Talamo) and Kim K (Flavien Prat).

The Torrey Pines is the eighth race on the card.


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