NEWS

April 28, 2020 

STORM THE COURT

COMPLETES FINAL WORK

FOR ARKANSAS DERBY

By Christine Oser, BloodHorse Daily

Storm the Court (inside) wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park

Juvenile male champion Storm the Court completed major preparations for the Arkansas Derby (G1) with a quick half-mile work April 27 at Santa Anita Park. The Peter Eurton trainee worked the four furlongs on a fast main track in :47 3/5, the fourth fastest time of 41 at the distance. "I was pretty pleased with it. Just something short; we've been doing some longer ones and he ships tomorrow so I didn't want to do it," Eurton said. "But he looked really good getting out there stretching his legs. "Monday's exercise followed a six-furlong drill in 1:13 3/5 April 20 and a five-furlong work in 1:00 3/5 April 15. The Court Vision colt is scheduled to fly to Oaklawn Park Tuesday morning ahead of the May 2 Arkansas Derby.

Campaigned by David Bernsen, Exline-Border Racing, Dan Hudock, and Susanna Wilson, Storm the Court will be making his third start of the year in the Arkansas Derby after closing out 2019 with a victory in the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). He returned Feb. 9 to finish fourth in the San Vicente Stakes (G2), then finished third in the March 7 San Felipe Stakes (G2) after showing speed three wide out of the gate, then stalking the pace of the winner, Bob Baffert-trained Authentic. "The first start he probably needed the race, I didn't really have him geared up. The last race he obviously had a bit of a wide trip because of Bob's other horse (Thousand Words), but he ran respectfully and finished third against two nice horses," Eurton said. "I'm hoping third time's the charm. "Storm the Court is entered in the second division of the Arkansas Derby.

Southern California-based trainer Peter Eurton said Tuesday afternoon that he plans to have two entrants in the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2 at Oaklawn, including juvenile champion Storm the Court.

Storm the Court worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 Monday morning at Santa Anita in advance of the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby, which will mark his first start outside California. Storm the Court, at odds of 45-1, secured an Eclipse Award as the country's champion 2-year-old male with a front-running victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Eurton said he also plans to enter Shooters Shoot, a first-level allowance winner at a mile April 11 at Oaklawn, in the Arkansas Derby.

“Very pleased with his work,” Eurton said of Storm the Court. “Very pleased with Shooters Shoot. I know it's going to be tough on both ends with Bob's two horses, but we're willing and game.”

Eurton was referring to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is pointing unbeaten Nadal (3 for 3) and unbeaten Charlatan (2 for 2) for the Arkansas Derby. Nadal won the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn in his last start. Charlatan, who has never run in a stakes race, has won his two starts by a combined 16 lengths.

Storm the Court, in his 3-year-old debut, finished fourth behind Nadal in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) Feb. 9 at Santa Anita and third behind another unbeaten Baffert trainee, Authentic, in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 7 at Santa Anita in his last start.

Eurton said he had the Arkansas Derby in the “back of his mind,” but the decision became straightforward after other major traditional April Kentucky Derby preps like the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass and Wood Memorial were shelved because of the Covid-19 crisis.

April 22, 2020 

‘Willing And Game’:

Champion Storm The Court

Confirmed For Arkansas Derby

By Jennifer Hoyt, Paulick Report

Storm the Court, ridden by Flavien Prat, wins the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Breeders' Cup World Championship Friday at Santa Anita Park on November 1, 2019: in Arcadia, California.

Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

“We didn't have many other choices, to be honest with you,” Eurton said. “We had so many different options that we were going to go with, but unfortunately they're all gone the other direction.”

The Kentucky Derby was moved from May 2 to Sept. 5 Oaklawn responded by shifting the Arkansas Derby from April 11 to May 2.

“It kind of worked out good for me,” Eurton said. “It got the needed weight I wanted to get back on him. He's trained by himself the whole time and that really helped because he's so competitive. It keeps his metabolism a little bit lower. His weight looks really good. Is he good enough? Hey, we're going to find out. He's got the style. I think he'll like the racetrack, I really do. Seems like a speed-favoring racetrack, so looking forward to it.”

Eurton, who has a string at Oaklawn for the first time this year, said he will not attend the race.

Storm the Court, a son of Court Vision, races for Exline-Border Racing LLC, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock. Storm the Court has a 2-0-2 record from six lifetime starts and earnings of $1,232,951.

Post positions for the Arkansas Derby will be drawn Sunday. A plane carrying Southern California-based horses to Arkansas is scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

The Arkansas Derby offers 170 points (100-40-20-10) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby.

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April 16, 2020 

GEMOLOGIST SIRES THE FIRST

2YO WINNER OF 2020

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2nd-Gulfstream, $65,800, Msw, 4-16, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, :52.13, ft. QUINOA TIFAH (f, 2, Gemologist--Atrea, by Storm Cat), drawn widest of all in post seven, was off as the 6-1 second choice in the first baby race of the season. She chased from second as the Wesley Ward-trained 1-5 favorite Lime (Iqbaal) sped through an opening quarter in :21.90. The Arindel homebred was under a ride as Lime appeared to be on cruise control up by about two lengths approaching the quarter pole. Quinoa Tifah took a run at the heavy chalk as they straightened for home and fought her way past to graduate by 3/4 of a length.

 

"She's been training so great all winter," said Arindel's Brian Cohen. "She's not really built like a 4 1/2-furlong type filly. She's a bigger, athletic type. We weren't really planning on running her in the first couple of races. We were pushing her works farther apart, aiming for May, June and July. But she's been so quick and doing everything so easily, she was reminding us of [Arindel's graded-stakes winner] Cookie Dough, having that kind of frame to her. No one was touching her, so we said, 'Maybe we should aim her for the early races.'"

 

The winner's dam is also responsible for a yearling colt by Brethren and was bred back to that sire for 2020. This is the extended female family of GISWs Super Saver, Imagining, Girolamo, Got Lucky, Bluegrass Cat, et al. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $43,000. O/B-Arindel (FL); T-Juan Alvarado.

April 16, 2020 

EQUIBASE ANALYSIS:

Horologist Should Get Perfect Stalking Trip in

Apple Blossom

By Ellis Star, Paulick Report

The Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap drew a big field of 14 and although there are a number of horses with the qualifications to win, it appears there is only one which will be in front shortly after the gate opens. That one is Serengeti Empress, who drew the 11 post position and who has led from start to finish in all four of her stakes wins, including last month in the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn.

Cookie Dough, who won the Grade 3 Royal Delta Stakes in February after stalking the pacesetter, draws just inside Serengeti Empress and will likely try to keep that one honest. Ce Ce enters the Apple Blossom off a win in the Grade 1 Beholder Mile last month and although she draws the extreme outside must be considered a legitimate contender to win her second grade 1 race in a row.

 

Horologist won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks last summer and enters the race off a win in the Nellie Morse Stakes so could be improving back to graded stakes winning form. Street Band won the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes last September before three poorer efforts but if able to reach back to last summer's form could be a factor as well.

 

The talent in this year's Apple Blossom doesn't stop there as Point of Honor makes her second start following nearly seven months off and won the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan Stakes last May before runner-up efforts in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Come Dancing is another horse with the right credentials to be effective in this type of race as she won the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes and the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Stakes last summer. However, it must be noted that all eight of her career wins have come around one turn and the Apple Blossom is a two turn race. Additionally, she is returning from four and one-half months off while running in a route without a prep race.

Go Google Yourself is a multiple stakes winner who has won three of her last four races including the Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn in February. Queen Nekia hopes to improve off a third place finish behind Cookie Dough in the Royal Delta. Similarly, Saracosa may have improving to do off her third place effort behind Serengeti Empress in the Azeri. Ollies Candy won the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes last July and makes her second start following a layoff, hoping to improve off a third place effort behind Ce Ce in the Beholder Mile. Lady Apple won the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic in January to kick off her four year old campaign before finishing 20 lengths behind Serengeti Empress in the Azeri. Coldwater and Awe Emma round out the full field.

Horologist gets slight preference as my top win contender in this year's Apple Blossom Handicap. She won just one of five dirt sprints to start her career then last spring when tried at a mile she won to kick off four victories in succession. The last of those four came in the Monmouth Oaks in August with a then career-best 103 Equibase Speed Figure. Following that, Horologist only managed third, ninth and fifth place finishes but may have turned a corner last month with a big effort in the Nellie Morse Stakes. In that race, Horologist moved up from third after a half-mile and battled head-and-head with the eventual winner. Although beaten a nose on the wire, Horologist was nine and one-half lengths in front of the next horse. With that effort, Horologist earned a new career-best 110 figure, which is the highest in the field and one point better than the 109 figure Ce Ce earned in the Beholder Mile. Considering Horologist is making her second start off two months away and her stalking style may put her right behind potential early leaders Serengeti Empress and Cookie Dough, she may get the lead in the stretch and hang on for the win in this very tough and talented field.

Owner Cameron Beatty celebrates with jockey Angel Suarez after Horologist's upset of Jaywalk in the 2019 Monmouth Oaks

If not for having drawn the outside 14 post in the Apple Blossom, Ce Ce might be my top choice. As it is, I think she has just about as much probability to succeed as Horologist because she's a lightly raced four year old and has won two in a row since returning from an eight month layoff in February. Following a sprint prep to begin her 2020 campaign, Ce Ce stretched out to a mile for the Beholder Mile Stakes last month in California and dominated by three and one-quarter lengths with a 109  figure. Victor Espinoza has been the only jockey she's had in five races, including three wins, and rides her again. Given the pattern of layoff-sprint-route-route strongly suggests an even better effort than in the Beholder Mile, and with a good stalking style which is benefited by the early speed of Serengeti Empress, Cookie Dough and perhaps others, Ce Ce could win her second grade 1 stakes in a row.

Street Band doesn't appear nearly as probable to win as the top two contenders, but she's not entirely improbable either. Although Street Band has won five of 15 races, she's been inconsistent as she's never run two good races in a row, always regressing following wins with fifth, fourth, seventh, third and eighth place efforts. That historical record might actually bode well for her chances in the Apple Blossom as she has finished third and fourth in her two starts this year. Ignoring the fourth place effort on a sloppy track last month in the Azeri Stakes, Street Band may have a say in the outcome of this race if she improves off her third place effort prior to that in the Houston Ladies Classic when beaten just a neck for second by Serengeti Empress with a 103 figure. When winning the Cotillion Stakes last September, Street Band earned a career best 114 figure so if able to run back to that effort she would be capable of winning the Apple Blossom.

Queen Nekia is an interesting longshot in the Apple Blossom, particularly when considering any exacta and/or trifecta bets as I think the potential for a faster than average early pace benefits her late running style. Claimed for $25,000 out of a winning effort in January with a 100 figure, Queen Nekia improved to a competitive 108 figure when third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the Royal Delta Stakes last month. In that race, Queen Nekia brushed the gate at the start then was steadied in traffic in the first turn. Then, moving up from fourth to within a half-length of the leader with an eighth of a mile to go, Queen Nekia battled fiercely to miss second by a nose on the wire. Likely to be in fifth or sixth in the early stages of the Apple Blossom, if the pace is much faster than average Queen Nekia might sneak her way into the top three in the late stages.

Cookie Dough and Serengeti Empress are two horses I am on the fence about in terms of being win contenders. Cookie Dough earned a 109 figure winning the Royal Delta Stakes last month with a great trip stalking the early leader, but her 10 post may dictate a strategy to go for the lead and the rail from the start. She could get second in the early stages behind the more likely early leader Serengeti Empress, but the cost of doing so may make her vulnerable to the stalkers and closers in the late stages. Similarly, Serengeti Empress, who has only won when on the lead from the start in her route races, seems committed to go as hard as she can to get to the front early. Having to clear the 10 horses inside of her in the gate while saving enough for the late stages in a 14 horse field is likely to be a bit more problematic then it was last month when having to clear six other horses in the Azeri Stakes. That effort earned Serengeti Empress a career-best 106 figure and that may be another obstacle in winning the Apple Blossom as that figure needs to be improved upon to get to the 110 and 109 figures Horologist and Ce Ce earned, respectively, in their most recent starts.

The rest of the field, with their best representative - Equibase - Speed Figures, is Awe Emma (94), Coldwater (90), Come Dancing (112), Lady Apple (104), Ollies Candy (103), Point of Honor (98) and Saracosa (99).

Win Contenders:

Horologist

Ce Ce

Street Band

Contender for exacta and trifecta wagers:

Queen Nekia

Apple Blossom Handicap
 

Saturday, April 18 – Post Time 6:16 PM ET
One Mile and One Sixteenth
Fillies and Mares, Four Year Olds and Upward
Purse: $600,000

April 15, 2020

STORM THE COURT, NADAL,

& CHARLATAN WORK FOR ARKANSAS DERBY

By Jay Privman, DRF.com

Charlatan went six furlongs in 1:12.20, while five-furlong works were recorded by Nadal (59.80 seconds) and champion Storm the Court (1:00.60). All three are pointing to the Grade 1, $750,000 Arkansas Derby on May 2 at Oaklawn Park, a race that offers 170 points overall, with 100 to the winner, for the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.

 

Peter Eurton, who trains Storm the Court, said he ideally wanted to work Storm the Court twice more, every six days, before heading to Oaklawn.

 

“It’s a little cramming, but he’s pretty fit,” Eurton said. Storm the Court most recently was third in the San Felipe.

After several days of rain that forced postponement of workouts, three California-based runners with designs on the Arkansas Derby all got in significant drills Wednesday morning at Santa Anita.

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JOHN DOUGH (g, 3, Court Vision--I Am Jane Dough {MSW, $169,457}, by My Golden Song), a 53-10 chance at first asking, drifted back to sit midfield from his rail draw for the opening five-eighths of a mile. Checked off heels nearing the quarter pole with the better part of a seven-length deficit to bridge, the homebred split rivals once into the clear and charged through between runners late to score by two lengths going away. The winner's treble stakes-winning dam is responsible for John Dough's 2-year-old full-sister Rosie Jane and was most recently bred to Dialed In. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $21,180.

March 17, 2020

COURT VISION's JOHN DOUGH wins impressively in debut!

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March 15, 2020

GEMOLOGIST's GSW

HOROLOGIST ($394,105)

2nd in Nellie Morse S. in her first start since returning from California

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Arrifana noses out Horologist  |  MJC/Jim McCue

NELLIE MORSE S., $100,000, Laurel, 3-14, 4yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:35.95, ft.

1--ARRIFANA, 120, f, 4, Curlin--Vaulcluse (SW), by A.P. Indy. 1ST BLACK TYPE

     WIN. O-Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck), LNJ Foxwoods & Millennium 

     Farms; B-Gunpowder Farms LLC (KY); T-Kelly Rubley; J-Julian Pimentel.

     $60,000. Lifetime Record: GSP, 6-5-1-0, $230,400. *1/2 to Lukes Alley (Flower

     Alley), Ch. Older Horse-Can, GISW-US, MGSW-Can, $795,122.

2--Horologist, 122, f, 4, Gemologist--Cinderella Time, by Stephen Got Even.

     O-There's A Chance Stable, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Medallion Racing &

     Abbondanza Racing LLC; B-Holly Crest Farm (NJ); T-Richard Baltas. $20,000.

3--Needs Supervision, 124, f, 4, Paynter--Moroccan Rose, by Carson City.

     ($22,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP; $55,000 2yo '18 EASMAY). O-Howling Pigeon Farms

     LLC, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable & Madaket Stables LLC; B-Mike Abraham

     (KY); T-Jeremiah O'Dwyer. $10,000.

 

Margins: NO, 9HF, 4HF. Odds: 0.60, 5.40, 7.10. Also Ran: Lady Banba, Victim of Love, Bye Bye Bertie, Jennemily.

 

Making her first appearance since a runner-up effort in the GIII Comely S. at Aqueduct last November, 'TDN Rising Star' Arrifana was made to work for it, but ultimately got the favorable end of a bobber over Grade III winner Horologist in Saturday's Nellie Morse S. Horologist earned her career best E Speed Figure, 110.

January 23, 2020

Connections Celebrate Championship for Storm the Court

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner earns

2-year-old male Eclipse Award.

By Tracy Gantz​ , Blood-Horse

Anne Eberhardt

Storm the Court and his connections after the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park

The Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (G1) played a major role in determining the 2019 2-year-old male championship, but not in the normal way. 

 

Eight Rings, the odds-on favorite, ducked in sharply shortly after the start bumping  Storm the Court. Both horses lost their riders. The incident could have ended their

2-year-old seasons, but each returned to win a grade 1 event.

 

Storm the Court, a son of Court Vision —My Tejana Storm, by Tejano Run, bred in Kentucky by Jim Power's Stepping Stone Farm, was a $60,000 2-year-old auction purchase and had only a maiden victory prior to the Futurity. He had worked so well for trainer Peter Eurton before his debut, however, that his owners spent $12,000 to make him eligible to the Breeders' Cup.

 

A few weeks after that $12,000 payment, Storm the Court debuted at Del Mar for owners Exline-Border Racing, Dan Hudock, and Susanna Wilson. He battled with 1-5 favorite Garth, took the lead, lost it, and then regained it to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

 

"He is so mentally tough, as he proved in his debut," said Justin Border. "He won just staring that other horse in the eye."

Border and Ryan Exline have been here before. They had a piece of Eurton-trained  Champagne Room, champion 2-year-old filly in 2016. 

This time they are the majority owners. They have brought friends and family into the Storm the Court partnership under the Exline-Border Racing name, including  Exline's father, Rick, and one of Ryan's brothers, Kyle. Exline said that David Bernsen,

co-owner of two-time Eclipse champion sprinter Roy H, bought into Storm the Court after his maiden victory. 

 

Exline and Border thrive on having partners. "It has provided us with an opportunity to have far more horses than we could have on our own," said Exline.

 

Following the Del Mar Futurity, Eurton took his time with Storm the Court, who responded well and finished third behind Eight Rings and American Theorem in the

Sept. 27 American Pharoah Stakes (G1).

The owners and the trainer decided to step up to the Nov. 1 TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), and the gamble paid off. Storm the Court, ridden by Flavien Prat, shocked the crowd at 45-1 to defeat fellow longshot Anneau d'Or by a head. Thus did the colt who had overcome so much grab a championship and position himself for a run at this year's Triple Crown events.

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