HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Stormy Liberal

  • Jockey
    Joel Rosario
  • Trainer
    Peter Miller
  • Owner
    Rockingham Ranch
  • Breeder
    Dapple Bloodstock & Gryphon Investments LLC
  • Sire
    Stormy Atlantic
  • Dam
    Vassar

Stormy Liberal wore down pacesetter World of Trouble and won the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) for the second consecutive year on November 3 at Churchill Downs as part of the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Stormy Liberal joined Mizdirection (2012, 2013) as the only two horses to win the Turf Sprint in back-to-back years.

With the repeat win, the 6-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding was part of a unique double—a double-double—for owners Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen and trainer Peter Miller as those connections also enjoyed yet another encore victory three races later with Roy H in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

The 7-1 third wagering choice to repeat in the lucrative 5 1/2-furlong Turf Sprint, Stormy Liberal scored by a neck from 2-1 favorite World of Trouble after a stretch-long duel. Disco Partner, third in last year’s race, was third again, 7 1/4 lengths adrift of World of Trouble in the full field of 14.

Stormy Liberal, who captured the 2017 edition by a head at 30-1 odds from stablemate Richard’s Boy, spurted out to lead early before World of Trouble took charge and laid down swift fractions of :22.50 and :45.83 for a half mile. Drayden Van Dyke settled Stormy Liberal in fourth then third and World of Trouble easily had the measure of Richard’s Boy, also returning this year, by more than a length through the turn.

“Angled out leaving the turn, Stormy Liberal rallied four wide, collared the favorite in midstretch, and battled that rival before pulling ahead in the final stride to get the win in 1:04.05 on rain-dampened turf.

Richard’s Boy tired to finish last under Paco Lopez, who later returned to capture the Sprint with Roy H. "He broke really sharp,” said winning jockey Van Dyke. “I knew there were a few who were going to be a little bit faster than me. I bided my time and let them get by me, then just tipped him outside. From there on, it was up to him to do the running. Stormy Liberal likes to hang on horses and not pass them, but he got him. It was awesome.” “The emotions and the highs and lows I have gone through in this game in the past year are indescribable,” said Miller, who lost horses due to a horrible fire at the San Luis training center late in 2017. “I am just thankful to be back here. It is amazing to win this race two years in a row with this horse. It is a dream come true.”

Stormy Liberal was voted Eclipse Award Champion Male Turf Horse of 2018.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
February 22, 2019 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
January 01, 2019Joe Hernandez S.SANTA ANITA PARK32
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup Turf SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS11
September 28, 2018Eddie D S.SANTA ANITA PARK31
August 17, 2018Green Flash H.DEL MAR 1
July 25, 2018 DEL MAR 1
June 09, 2018Jaipur Invitational S.BELMONT PARK26
No Replay
Available
March 31, 2018Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi DevelopmentsMEYDAN RACECOURSE12
February 24, 2018Daytona S.SANTA ANITA PARK32
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
December 10, 2017Longines Hong Kong SprintSHA TIN111
November 04, 2017Breeders' Cup Turf SprintDEL MAR11
June 10, 2017Jaipur Invitational S.BELMONT PARK38
May 27, 2017Daytona S.SANTA ANITA PARK31
April 23, 2017Siren Lure S.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
March 04, 2017Joe Hernandez S.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
January 29, 2017Clocker's Corner S.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 26, 2016San Simeon S.SANTA ANITA PARK32
November 12, 2016 DEL MAR 2
October 16, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
April 09, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 5
March 19, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
February 20, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
January 14, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 22, 2015 DEL MAR 6
October 24, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
March 13, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
February 22, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 3
January 15, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 27, 2014Eddie Logan S.SANTA ANITA PARK 10
November 30, 2014Cecil B. DeMille S.DEL MAR32
October 10, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
September 03, 2014 DEL MAR 8