Storm The Court BC Juvenile Winner
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2019) – Exline-Border Racing, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock’s Storm the Court ($93.80) fought off a stretch-long bid from Anneau d’Or to post a neck victory in the 36th running of the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to highlight Future Stars Friday on the opening day of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita before a crowd of 41,243.
Trained by Peter Eurton and ridden by Flavien Prat, Storm the Court covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:44.93.
The complexion of the race changed at the break as odds-on favorite Dennis’ Moment stumbled leaving the gate and trailed the field of eight as Storm the Court took the lead with Eight Rings and Anneau d’Or in closest pursuit.
Storm the Court maintained a narrow advantage, but at the head of the lane Anneau d’Or ranged up alongside the leader and the battle was on. Storm the Court never let Anneau d’Or by and gutted out the neck victory.
It was 3 ¼ lengths back to Wrecking Crew who finished another 4 ½ lengths in front of Scabbard. Full Flat, Eight Rings, Shoplifted and Dennis’ Moment completed the field in order.
The victory was worth $1,100,000 and increased Storm the Court’s earnings to $1,172,951 with a record of 4-2-0-1.
Storm the Court is a Kentucky-bred son of Court Vision out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm.
Winning Trainer Peter Eurton (Storm the Court) – “It’s just so special to do this for this for Exline-Border, they’ve been so supportive through the years. They had a bit of a Champagne Room minute, so they had a taste of it here. (Bloodstock Agent) Marette Farrell just does such an awesome job buying horses. It just means a lot: my family, my daughter, my wife, my home…
“In the American Pharoah I still feel like he didn’t have a chance to run. I still felt a little uneasy about what happened in the prior race down south (losing the jockey at the start of the Del Mar Futurity), so we decided to put the blinkers on him on Flavien’s (Prat) recommendation. It just seemed like it got him a little more focused and he probably would have been able to do it without them – but it did help out a lot. It’s a lot of team work.”
Winning Jockey Flavien Prat (Storm the Court) – “I got to ride him the entire race today. I wanted to be on the lead today. He relaxed for me nicely. I think the blinkers helped him a lot. He really battled all through the stretch. I always thought he was going to win.”
Second-Place Jockey Juan Hernandez (Anneau d’Or) – “At the three-eighths pole it wasn’t him, but when I started working him, he started running again. At the eighth pole, I thought he might win but the horse came back again and got me.”
More Breeders’ Cup results here.