SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Two years after securing a triumph in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave in record-setting fashion, MyRacehorse Stable and Spendthrift Farm’s Got Stormy bested males again in the 2021 edition, displaying stalking tactics and making a menacing stretch rally to capture the prestigious one mile event for 3-year-olds and up over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course.
In capturing the Breeders’ Cup “Win And You’re In” qualifier, Got Stormy earned an automatic entry into the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on November 6 at Del Mar. Four of the last ten editions of the Fourstardave were captured by the subsequent winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile with World Approval , Tourist  and Wise Dan [2012-13] securing the Fourstardave-Breeders’ Cup Mile double. Got Stormy finished second to Uni in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Got Stormy, a 6-year-old daughter of 2010 Fourstardave victor Get Stormy, arrived at Saturday’s engagement off two fifth-place finishes at graded stakes level. But the talented chestnut mare got back to winning form in a familiar spot, becoming the first horse to capture multiple editions of the Fourstardave since 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan.
Sent off as the third choice in her 2019 Fourstardave coup, Got Stormy returned $27 as the third longest shot in the eight-horse field.
“This was maybe even more exciting because they wrote her off,” Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse said. “They did the same to [2015 Champion Turf Female] 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.”
Breaking from post 6 under Tyler Gaffalione, Got Stormy tracked in third as graded stakes-winner Blowout, one of three distaffers in the field, flaunted her usual frontrunning tactics through an opening quarter-mile in 23.45 seconds, 2 ½-lengths clear of 19-1 longshot Whisper Hill in second. Through a half-mile in 46.69 over firm going, Got Stormy maintained third position approaching the far turn as Gaffalione weaved the accomplished mare two paths wide and in the clear.
Blowout was still in front in upper stretch but Got Stormy collared the pacesetter nearing the furlong marker and drew away to a 1 ½-length victory in a final time of 1:33.09.
Set Piece was a late-rallying second, a half-length ahead of Grade 1 Jackpocket Jaipur-winner Casa Creed.
Got Stormy secured a third Grade 1 conquest, and seventh overall graded stakes win. In addition to her two non-consecutive Fourstardave victories, she captured the Matriarch at Del Mar in November 2019.
“She was taking me the whole way,” said Gaffalione, a three-time stakes winner this meet. “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.”
Casse said a second Breeders’ Cup Mile will likely be in the works following Saturday’s victory.
“It would have to be the Mile,” Casse said. “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.
“It turned out perfect,” Casse continued. “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.”
Jockey Florent Geroux, aboard runner-up Set Piece, said his horse may not have cared for the surface.
“He did great. I felt the track wasn’t playing in our favor,” Geroux said. 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 really loved the track and she’s great at this time of the season.”
Got Stormy, previously owned by Gary Barber, was purchased by her current ownership group for $2.75 million at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Bred in Kentucky by Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean and Pope McLean, Jr., Got Stormy banked $275,000 in victory, enhancing her lifetime bankroll to $2,398,403 through a record of 30-12-5-3.
Completing the order of finish were Blowout, Daddy Is a Legend, Raging Bull, Whisper Not and Field Pass.
Live action resumes Sunday with a 10-race program headlined by the $120,000 Galway for sophomore fillies going 5 ½ furlongs over the Mellon turf. First post is 1:05 p.m. Eastern.
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Photo: Got Stormy, (NYRA Photo)