TVG Mile Division
TrainerMark E. Casse
BreederMt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, MarcMcLean & Pope McLean Jr.
Got Stormy rode into racing history and the starting gate of the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile by winning the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga, becoming the first filly to beat the boys in this stakes race and smashing the previous record by more than a second. At 5-1 odds, she bested fellow filly and 9-5 favorite Uni. Making the 2 ½-length victory even more unique is that just one week prior to the Fourstardave she won her previous start.
The 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy is following in her father’s footsteps. He won the 2010 Fourstardave and competed in the Breeders’ Cup Mile the same year.
She is trained by Mark Casse and was ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. for owners Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stable.
"We came back and ran her a week later which doesn't happen very often, but she's turned into a super filly,” Casse said. “I was fortunate to train another filly a few years ago in Tepin, who won the Breeders' Cup [Mile] and then was second. I told Gary early in the year that she was our next Tepin. It's nice sometimes when you're right. She's amazing.”
Tepin was named Eclipse Award winner for Champion Female Turf in 2015 and 2016, the years of her Breeders’ Cup starts.
"It's all about Gary Barber,” Casse said. “I told him why we shouldn't run her. He said, 'That's good, but are you happy with how she is training?' I said 'Honestly, I've never seen her train so good,' and he said, 'We're running.' I wish I could say I was the smart one, but it was Gary Barber. He's not afraid to step out of the box.”
Santana was up for the first time since regular rider Tyler Gaffalione was committed to stablemate March to the Arch, who finished fourth in the Fourstardave.
"She's a monster," said Santana. "I had plenty of horse at the sixteenth pole. I wanted to make sure she opened up so when I passed first, I made sure she was on her game. She really ran a big race."
The versatile filly improved her record to seven wins, one second and three thirds from fifteen starts. She has also won at Gulfstream, Penn National, Belmont and Woodbine.
- October 23, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou, Bricks and Mortar and Magical Lead 188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 17, 2019
This is the last of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita.