ARCADIA, Calif.—Nearly a millionaire, well accomplished Neptune’s Storm heads a field of six 3-year-olds and up going one mile on turf in Saturday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes at Santa Anita. A five-time stakes winner trained by Peter Miller, Neptune’s Storm’s last win came three starts back with Flavien Prat aboard, with whom he’ll be reunited on Saturday.
A 5-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic, Neptune’s Storm was most recently a well beaten ninth by top turf marathoner United going a mile and one quarter here in the John Henry Turf Challenge on Oct. 2.A close fourth in the Grade II Del Mar Mile (turf) on Aug. 21, he led throughout in taking the restricted Wickerr Stakes three races back at Del Mar July 18 and is obviously much better suited at one mile.
A winner of five out of his 11 starts at one mile on turf, Neptune’s Storm, who is based at San Luis Rey Downs, is 23-7-4-6 overall. Owned by CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner, Neptune’s Storm has overall earnings of $963,985.
Second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Neptune’s Storm in the Wickerr Stakes July 18, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Majestic Eagle returns to Southern California following a fourth place finish going a mile and 70 yards on turf in a restricted stakes Sept. 8 at Kentucky Downs. A 6-year-old gelding by Medaglia d’Oro, Majestic Eagle has one graded stakes win to his credit, but has been camera-shy, winning just three of his 31 starts, while running second eight times.
Owned by John Lindley and Ray Morton, Majestic Eagle is 13-1-5-1 at a mile on turf and has overall earnings of $382,641.
An even fifth, beaten 6 ½ lengths by top turf miler Mo Forza in the Grade II City of Hope Mile here Oct. 2, trainer Mike Maker’s Order and Law rates a big chance a will likely press the early pace with Abel Cedillo riding back. Claimed for $80,000 two starts back on Aug. 22 at Del Mar, he was an impressive $62,500 claiming winner at one mile on dirt three starts back July 23 and has three wins from 15 tries on grass.
Owned by Paradise Farms Corporation, Order and Law, a 5-year-old ridgeling by Violence, is 27-6-4-0 with earnings of $304,333.
Hronis Racing, LLC and John Sadler have an interesting supplemental entrant in Dubby Dubbie, who was an impressive $40,000 one mile turf claiming winner off of a 13 month layoff Aug. 20 at Del Mar. Claimed for $40,000 two starts back on July 12, 2020, Dubby Dubbie, a 6-year-old Ice Box gelding who spent most of his career in the Midwest and south Florida, will get the services of Joe Bravo and looms dangerous for a sharp barn in what will be his second start of the year. With an overall mark of 30-8-4-2, he has earnings of $637,446.
Named for the brilliant Claiborne Farm-homebred son of Danzig, Lure was a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, winning his first one at Gulfstream Park in 1992 and taking the 1993 Mile at age four here at Santa Anita.
The $70,000 Lure Stakes with jockeys & weights in post position order
Race 7 of 9, Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT
1. Neptune’s Storm—Flavien Prat—126
2. Order and Law—Abel Cedillo—122
3. Shooters Shoot—Juan Hernandez—122
4. Lambeau—Edwin Maldonado–124
5. Dubby Dubbie—Joe Bravo—124
6. Majestic Eagle—Mario Gutierrez—126
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Mike Willman/Santa Anita Press Office
Mike Under Flavien Prat Neptune’s Storm won the Wickerr Stakes and earner Black Type on July 18, 2021, at Del Mar. (Benoit Photos)