The heroine of the Grade 1 Fourstardave over males earlier this summer at Saratoga, Gary Barber's Got Stormy had to settle for second in her next two starts, the G1 Woodbine Mile and the G1 Breeders' Cup Mile.
This Sunday, Gary Barber's 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy defeated a field of 10 other fillies and mares to win the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar by three quarters of a length. Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite under jockey Tyler Gaffalione, the Mark Casse-trained filly ran a mile over the firm turf course in 1:34.42.
The winning time (1:34.24) is the fastest running of the race since it has shifted to Del Mar.
“She's amazing,” Casse said. “Put her on a van, put her on a plane, she just goes wherever and runs. We kept hearing that she'd only won one Grade I, so we had to fix that. She's been through a lot in the last month but she just keeps fighting. You don't get a lot like her. She'll definitely stay in training next year.”
Taken back sharply at the start of the race, Daddy Is A Legend avoided the speed duel on the front end and trailed the field early on. Painting Corners sprinted to the lead with a first quarter in :22.55, pulling away by over two lengths from Storm the Hill. Giza Goddess and Juliet Foxtrot were also up close, while Mucho Unusual made up the back of the front flight of horses. Get Stormy traveled all by herself behind that group, staying out wide on the course to maintain a clear racing path.
Going four wide on the far turn, Gaffalione sent Got Stormy after the leaders. Storm the Hill was the first to the front, followed by Juliet Foxtrot, but Got Stormy was determined down the stretch and pulled several lengths clear of those rivals. Daddy Is A Legend came flying from the rear of the field to challenge but was too late, coming up three quarters of a length short on the wire. Juliet Foxtrot held on to finish third, while Toinette was up for fourth.
“I told Mark (Casse, trainer) in the paddock: 'I think this race might set up just like the Fourstardave. And if it does, we'll win,'” said Gaffalione. “Sure enough, it was exactly like that race. Perfect. She just sat back there nice and relaxed and then when it came time she was gone.”
Bred in Kentucky by Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope McLean Jr., Got Stormy is out of the nine-time winner Super Phoebe, by Malabar Gold. A half-sister to the stakes placed Sky Gold, Got Stormy commanded $23,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, and later brought $45,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old in training sale.
She didn't start until December of her 2-year-old season, then broke her maiden in her third career start. A two-time listed stakes winner and a G3 winner as a sophomore, Got Stormy really blossomed as a 4-year-old. Third in the G1 Jenny Wiley in April, the filly ran second in the G2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill next out. She came back in August to win the listed De La Rose stakes at Saratoga, and off seven days' rest took the G1 Fourstardave over the boys. Now a two-time Grade 1 winner, Got Stormy's overall record stands at 8-3-3 from 18 starts for earnings of over $1.4 million.
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