I feel like a traitor, riding the Got Stormy train virtually all year only to abandon her in what could be her finest hour in a brilliant and still promising career.
And if she were to beat me, I’ll just think that I cashed by emotional hedge. Besides, it’s not often one can get value on a Chad Brown talented turfer.
The last time Got Stormy (8-5) met Raging Bull (3-1) she crushed him, becoming the first female ever to win Saratoga’s Bernard Baruch in course record time. She was dominating, moving like a winner throughout.
The bad news is that while she has had five weeks recovery time, it was back-to-back big efforts and although she’s won at this trip locally, she is still cutting back back to one turn picking up a significant seven pounds.
Raging Bull is at levels here but gets a pound instead giving away six, he’s nicely position outside his recent conqueror an reunites with his regular pilot, Joel Rosario. Given the hype surrounding the filly, value is assured.
And did we mention that he came from last of 10 at Saratoga, entering the stretch impossibly wide? Losing by 2-1/2 was at least a moral victory given the trip. He is, however, by no means a cinch.
European filly Awesometank (8-1), trained by the redoubtable William Haggas, was second to champion Sistercharlie in the G1 Beverley D, goes second Lasix and she’s the one getting seven pounds this time. At the price she’s interesting, as is consistent, hard-hitting Synchrony (6-1).
What a great race! A safe and speedy journey to all.
We’ll bet Raging Bull to win, prefer early odds no lower than 5-2, keying him in exactas and trifectas with the above three runners, extra tickets with Got Stormy.
FRIDAY RESULTS: Own Agenda finished 4th, late computer flash down to 7-1. No excuses, just fact: Speed held very well all day–he launched mid-turn from far back–and was beaten 3/4s of a length. I knew about wide draw going in, and the post did him no favors in the running. Santana rode a great race, just tough luck. Veteran likes the CD surface; stable mail.