If Mark Casse is feeling a little pressure after his filly Got Stormy was installed as the early line line for Saturday Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, he has only himself to blame.
The heat comes with the territory when you mention Got Stormy in the same breath as his remarkable two-time turf champion Tepin. The prestigious Woodbine Mile on Saturday would be a good place to start.
Tepin retired as a six-year-old in 2017. All she accomplished were victories in major grass events in three countries, not to mention the G1 Queen Anne at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in 2016.
Got Stormy is going into the Woodbine Mile Got Stormy coming off an impressive score vs. in Saratoga’s Fourstardave Stakes and is efforting to beat the boys once again north of the border this weekend.
Got Stormy will meet 10 rivals in the million-dollar event sponsored by Ricoh and will leave the stalls mid-gate. Regular rider Tyler Gaffalione gets the assignment back after a conflict prevented him from riding her in the Fourstardave.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile is a Win and In-ner–a fees-paid berth into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile. Casse will be looking for his third win in the Woodbine Mile after taking it back-to-back with Tepin.
Got Stormy is a graded stakes winnerover the course, having won the G3 Ontario Colleen, but Gaffalione will be breaking his Woodbine maiden.
This being a million-dollar turf race means Chad Brown will have a presence, of course. Raging Bull, second choice in the Fourstardave, made a strong rally while very wide from last, securing place in the final strides.
Joel Rosario, who won the G1 Hollywood Derby with Raging Bull, retains the mount.
Kiaran McLaughlin, who won this race with Shakespeare 12 years ago, will try to get his second with Godolphin’s Lucullan. A winner of Saratoga’s Lure last out, Lucullan is 2-for-2 this year and a mile seems perfect for him.
The main danger to Got Stormy, however, just might be another filly. The prolific William Haggas, is bringing Awesometank back from Europe.
Last time state-side, she finished second to defending turf champion mare Sistercharlie in the G1 Beverley D last month at Arlington Park. A winner of half her six starts at the trip, her latest was her fourth money finish at the graded or group level.