Stormy Rush Rewards Trainer’s Patience in Saturday’s Lincoln Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eighteen months later, Stormy Rush gave trainer Lorne Richards what he was looking for when he claimed the son of Stormy Atlantic for $62,500 in September 2012 – a stakes winner.
Knocked out of action for more than a year shortly after being claimed due to an accumulation of physical issues, Stormy Rush rewarded his trainer’s patience while capitalizing on a dream trip under jockey Gabriel Saez to score a 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Lincoln Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
“Patience was rewarded in this case,” Richards said. “We’ll see what happens beyond today.”
Making his fifth start since his long layoff, the 6-year-old gelding broke alertly for the five-furlong turf dash over a good course to rate behind pacesetter Bold Thunder and stalker Jo Jo’s Comet along the backstretch and into the far turn. Midway on the turn, Saez sent his mount inside of a tiring Jo Jo’s Comet before swinging to the outside leaving the turn into the homestretch to take on the favored pacesetter. Bold Thunder, the 7-5 favorite ridden who set swift fractions of :21.01 and :43.52 under Paco Lopez, put up a fight but was no match for Stormy Rush.
“I had the best trip ever. He warmed up really good and he was sharp out of the gate,” said Saez, who rode three winners on Saturday’s card. “We were laying third and when I asked him to get going, he really went well.”
Bold Thunder, the 2-1 second choice, held second by 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Bon Accord and jockey Carlos Olivero.
Stormy Rush had finished second behind Bold Thunder in his first start of the year on Jan. 2. Two starts later, the Richards-trained gelding returned to winning form with an allowance victory at Gulfstream on March 20.
A graded stakes-placed veteran before joining Richards’ stable, Stormy Rush ran five furlongs in :55.58.
“It was a perfect trip. Like I said, that’s what you need to win, for me anyway,” Richards said. “Everything fell into place. The kid rode him well. I thought if he didn’t win a stake today, he never would.”