Notes & Quotes From the G1 Fourstardave Stakes: Got Stormy


(Got Stormy wins the G1 Fourstardave at Saratoga / Photo by Susie Raisher & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stable’s Got Stormy became the first filly to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave, in its 35th running, covering one mile over the firm inner turf in a track record 1:32 flat on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Mark Casse, Got Stormy was wheeled back just one week after her convincing win in last Saturday’s Fasig-Tipton De La Rose and promptly earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on November 2 at Santa Anita Park with her lightning-quick effort in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race.

Trainer Mark Casse — Got Stormy (1st):

“We came back and ran her a week later, which doesn’t happen very often, but she’s turned into a super filly,” said Casse. “I was fortunate to train another filly a few years ago in Tepin, who won the Breeders’ Cup and then was second. I told Gary early in the year that she was our next Tepin. It’s nice sometimes when you’re right. She’s amazing.”

Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. — Got Stormy:

“She’s a monster,” said Santana, Jr. “I had plenty of horse at the sixteenth pole. I wanted to make sure she opened up so when I passed first, I made sure she was on her game. She really ran a big race.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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