Monday, May 07, 2012


STORMY LUCY BREATHING EASY AFTER GOLDEN POPPY VICTORY


ALBANY -- Stormy Lucy, a new filly since having a breathing problem corrected, charged to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

Stormy Lucy was trying turf for the first time and stretching out in distance in the Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Stormy Atlantic handled both tests impressively, rallying from a few lengths off the pace to earn her third straight victory since undergoing surgery for an entrapped epiglottis.


An entrapped epiglottis is a condition in which the thin membrane lying below the epiglottis moves up and covers the epiglottis. The abnormality may obstruct breathing. It is usually treated by surgery to cut the membrane if it impairs respiratory function.

“We did the surgery to cut (the thin membrane) and she’s 3-for-3 since we fixed her up,” said trainer Frank Lucarelli. “I was confident of her turf breeding and stretching out.”

Jockey Russell Baze rode Stormy Lucy, who was timed in 1:44.31 and paid $8.20 as the second choice in the wagering.

“She won with authority,” said Baze. “We had a nice clean trip. I was laying right where I wanted to be and she was going easy. She’s a sweetheart and will do whatever you ask her to do. She’s tactical, and when I asked her to run she took off. She has a good turn of foot.”

Stormy Lucy, owned by Frank Gaunt, earned $45,000 and has made $91,045 in eight career starts. Lucarelli said he’ll likely keep Stormy Lucy on the grass.

“The way she ran on the turf today we’d have to look at some turf options,” said Lucarelli.

Oh Molly Brannigan, who set the pace and ran a big race under jockey Juan Hernandez, took second by a half-length over Sweet Nothings. Your Special Day, the tepid 3-1 favorite under jockey Julien Couton, finished fourth.

Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 1:15 p.m.


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