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Edited NYRA Staff Release — Mark Casse, winning trainer of Got Stormy (No. 6, $27): “This was maybe even more exciting [than winning the 2019 Fourstardave] because they wrote her off. They did the same to Tepin, and she came back. I’m really proud. There’s been some bumps along the road with her, but she came when it was time.

“It turned out perfect. It’s what she loves; they’ll have some sharp turns at Del Mar [in the Breeders’ Cup Mile], so that’ll work out just fine. You could see how well she was training. She loves it here. She trains great here.

“I think for Fourstardave, who ran so many times here year-after-year, for her to come and do this three years in a row…maybe we can do another one. We’ll have to talk to the higher ups.”

On securing an automatic entry to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on November 6 at Del Mar: “It would have to be the Mile. I have to think [about potential races in between]. It’s so difficult with her; there’s things she really likes and things she doesn’t. I took her to Woodbine two years ago and she got beat there [second in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile]. I have to think it over. I have to talk to the owners, so we’ll figure it out.”

“I appreciate it. As sometimes we do here; we’ve struggled a little, but if you told me you’ll lose 19 in a row and the 20th would be here, I would have taken it.”

Tyler Gaffalione, winning jockey aboard Got Stormy (No. 6): “She was taking me the whole way. I was able to tuck in and save ground. She relaxed beautifully down the backside. Going into the turn she started to pick up on her own and she started creeping up. When I put her outside, she unleased a big run and it was all over from there.

“Watching the races, the best ground has been inside on the turf so I figured that was the best place to be. I was able to get there comfortably and it all worked out.”

Florent Geroux, jockey aboard runner-up Set Piece (No. 5): “He did great. I felt the track wasn’t playing in our favor. I was up against it from the beginning since my horse is a deep closer, but he came running at the end. I’m very proud of his effort and he ran a good race. The mare [Got Stormy] really loved the track and she’s great at this time of the season.”

Junior Alvarado, jockey aboard third-place Casa Creed (No. 4): “I might have had to move a little early by the five-sixteenths because I saw Raging Bull [No. 1] gaining through the rail, so I had to move there just to give myself a chance to win the race. He ran great. He got a little flat the last sixteenth but he did run an awesome race.”

Winning margin: 1 1/2 lengths

Final time (one mile, inner turf): 1:33.09

Fractions: 23.45, 44.69, 1:10.12

Full order of finish: 6-5-4-8-3-1-2-7

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