SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Six-time graded stakes-winner Got Stormy posted a four-furlong breeze in 49.93 seconds on the Oklahoma training turf on Friday in her first work back at Saratoga in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on August 14.
Got Stormy, trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse, won the 2019 edition of the Fourstardave and will be making her first start since running a competitive fifth, 3 1/2-lengths back to winner Casa Creed, in the Grade 1 Jaipur on Belmont Stakes Day June 5, netting a 94 Beyer.
Owned by My Racehorse Stable and Spendthrift Farm, Got Stormy started her 6-year-old campaign with a win by a nose in the Grade 3 Honey Fox in February going one mile at Gulfstream Park. She will now look to win again at the same distance and notch her third career Grade 1 score, joining the 2019 Matriarch at Del Mar.
“She’s good. If history repeats itself, she gets better about this time, so that’s what we are hoping for is a good summer and fall,” Casse said. “We’re hoping for dry weather, because she’ll need a hard, fast turf course to be competitive in the Fourstardave.”
Her 2019 win in the Fourstardave came over a firm turf course, as did her win on the surface in the 2019 De La Rose.
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Coinage, owned by D.J. Stable and Chester and Mary Broman, will be entered Friday for the $100,000 Rick Violette for New York-bred juveniles going six furlongs on July 21.
The $450,000 purchase at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale was sired by Tapit out of New York-bred Bar of Gold, who won the 2017 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
Also working on the turf Friday for Casse was Gary Barber’s I Get It, who registered a half-mile work in 50.06 over the Oklahoma training turf as she prepares for a start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George for sophomore fillies going one mile on the inner turf on July 23.
I Get It, bred in Maryland by Flying H Stables, ran ninth in the Grade 3 Wonder Again last out going 1 1/8 miles. But the Get Stormy filly will look to rebound as she makes her first start at the Spa.
“Things didn’t go great for her, but she’s a lot better than she showed,” Casse said. “We’re just looking for bigger and better things. She had missed some time going in and the turf had some give to it the last time, but like I said, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
Orpen Horses Limited’s Cappy worked Friday as well as she readies for her first North American start after making her first two starts in France.
Transferred into Casse’s care, the 3-year-old Hard Spun filly will likely target a maiden race at the Spa, her conditioner said.
“She just came in and she’s from Europe, so we’ll probably just target a maiden race for her,” Casse said.
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Photo: Got Stormy winning the 2019 Fourstardave. (NYRA/Derbe Glass)