BreederMatalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Stormy Embrace typifies the notion that a superior horse can emerge from anywhere.
"This is a very egalitarian game,” her owner, Dr. Matt Vuskovich, who breeds and races as Matalona Thoroughbreds, said last year after Stormy Embrace won the 2018 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2).
She is the first foal produced by two-time winner Stormy Allure, who Vuskovich purchased for $6,500 at the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Stormy Embrace won the Princess Rooney again in 2019 to earn her second trip to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).
"We wanted to go back (to the Breeders' Cup) because we have unattended business,” Vuskovich told Blood-Horse. “She didn't have a really good trip. We feel if we can get a good trip in the Breeders' Cup, we can have a legitimate chance."
Trainer Kathleen O’Connell notes that one of Stormy Embrace’s attributes is her rapport with regular jockey Wilmer Garcia.
"The best thing about her is she'll do whatever you want," O'Connell said. "She's got speed, but if you ask her, she's going to go overboard. Wilmer's got a great set of hands, and he really fits her well."
With more than 2,100 victories since she began her career in 1981, O’Connell is one of Thoroughbred racing’s winningest female trainers. She races year round in Florida and has a string at Monmouth Park in the summer.
Matalona Thoroughbreds, based in Gainesville, Florida, is the family-owned operation of Vuskovich and his wife, Lona. With a background as a physician, Vuskovich has more than four decades of experience in the Thoroughbred industry.
|December 16, 2017||FTBOA City of Ocala Florida Sire S.||TAMPA BAY DOWNS||2|
|November 11, 2017||Millions Distaff S.||GULFSTREAM PARK WEST||3|
|October 08, 2017||LAUREL PARK||4|
|August 20, 2017||MONMOUTH PARK||2|
|July 21, 2017||MONMOUTH PARK||1|
|July 01, 2017||MONMOUTH PARK||2|
|June 10, 2017||Crank It Up S.||MONMOUTH PARK||5|
|May 19, 2017||Adena Springs Miss Preakness S.||PIMLICO||3||9|
|April 27, 2017||GULFSTREAM PARK||1|
|April 09, 2017||TAMPA BAY DOWNS||2|
|October 01, 2016||Florida Sire My Dear Girl S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||7|
|September 03, 2016||Florida Sire Susan's Girl S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||2|
|August 06, 2016||Florida Sire Desert Vixen S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||6|
|July 22, 2016||GULFSTREAM PARK||1|
- September 4, 2019
This is the third 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.
- September 11, 2019
This is the fourth 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.
- September 18, 2019
This is the fifth 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.