Gary Barber called Mark Casse Monday, two days after Got Stormy won the De La Rose and two days before entries closed for the Grade 1 Fourstardave.
“She left half her feed,” Casse said.
“Did you feed her twice as much?” Barber asked.
That was just one of many exchanges between owner and trainer during a tense seven days between Got Stormy’s facile win as the favorite in the restricted stakes and the audacious challenge of coming back in seven days to take on the boys in the $500,000 stakes.
The conversations might have been tense, but the result was intense, as Got Stormy set a course record while dominating eight rivals in the 1-mile turf stakes. Owned by Barber and Southern Equine Stable, the daughter of Got Stormy earned her seventh win and first Grade 1 stakes win, increasing her earnings to $760,078. Ricardo Santana Jr. guided the chestnut filly, deputizing for Tyler Gaffalione, committed to Casse’s other runner March To The Arch.
Got Stormy broke sharply from post 6, angled left before abstaining, sliding into fourth behind Gidu, Dr. Edgar and Made You Look. Gidu scampered to the lead, opening up an ambitious margin over Dr. Edgar and Made You Look. Got Stormy settled into a sweet spot in fourth along the rail.
Gidu ripped through a quarter-mile in :22.65 and a half-mile in :44.61, after those fractions, his trainer, Todd Pletcher, lowered his binoculars. The gray speedster was nothing but a hood ornament at that stage.
After three quarters of a mile in 1:08.36, Gidu was reeling as Made You Look swung past him and opened up a 2-length lead. Santana wasn’t worried, stealing a look under his right arm as Got Stormy rolled past the eighth pole.
Made You Look offered nothing and Got Stormy sprinted home, widening with every stride to win by 2 1/2 lengths over the closing trio of Raging Bull, Uni and March To The Arch. Got Stormy stopped the clock in a course-record 1:32.
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