Got Stormy fac­ing chal­lenges

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Some tal­ented com­pe­ti­tion and Mother Na­ture look to be for­mi­da­ble foes for Got Stormy as she re­turns from an 84-day lay­off in Satur­day’s $200,000 Peb­bles Stakes for 3-year-old turf fil­lies at Bel­mont Park.

Got Stormy, a daugh­ter of Get Stormy trained by Mark Casse, has won her last three starts, all over firm cour­ses at Penn Na­tional, Bel­mont, and Wood­bine. But Bel­mont’s turf fig­ures to be on the soft side on Satur­day.

“I don’t know,” trainer Mark Casse said when asked how Got Stormy might han­dle a soft turf course. “So far, she hasn’t found a turf course she doesn’t like.”

Got Stormy has been off since win­ning the On­tario Colleen at Wood­bine on July 21, her third stakes win in 50 days. Casse said when Got Stormy shipped to Saratoga she got sick and it took a while for her to get back to 100 per­cent. He had planned a trip to the Del Mar Oaks in Au­gust, but scrapped those plans.

Though the Grade 1 Queen El­iz­a­beth for 3-year-old fil­lies is Satur­day at Keeneland, that race is at 1 1/8 miles.

“A mile is her pre­ferred dis­tance, and she’s done well at Bel­mont,” Casse said.

Casse will also run Closer Still, who is win­less in six starts this year, but who Casse felt was a bit un­lucky in her last two starts.

Trainer Chad Brown sends out the trio of Sig­nif­i­cant Form, Altea, and the French im­port Stella di Camelot.

Sign­f­i­cant Form may not have cared for the soft turf when fifth in the Grade 2 Lake Placid or the 1 1/4-mile dis­tance when fourth in the Grade 1 Bel­mont Oaks.

Adding to the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the field are Cool Beans, a re­cent al­lowance win­ner; Vic­torine, fourth in the Sands Point; and Monte Crista, win­ner of the Riska­verse at Saratoga.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Got Stormy, by Get Stormy Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-88-90

◗ Must prove she can fire fresh over less-than-firm ground.

◗ An ill­ness prompted this 12-week lay­off, but her last few works have been good.

◗ Tyler Gaf­falione, aboard for two of her four wins, is back aboard for the first time in three starts.

Cool Beans, by Candy Ride Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-82-82

◗ Im­prov­ing filly comes off front-run­ning score in Saratoga al­lowance and could play out as the pri­mary speed in this field.

◗ Ran sec­ond – and was ul­ti­mately put up to first – when she and Sig­nif­i­cant Form de­buted in sum­mer of 2017 at Saratoga.

Sig­nif­i­cant Form, by Cre­ative Cause Last 3 Bey­ers: 81-91-92

◗ Won the Grade 3 Miss Grillo over this course as a 2-year-old, but her re­cent form in­di­cates she may be tail­ing off.

Altea, by Siy­ouni Last 3 Bey­ers: 86-87-90

◗ Beaten only a length by Cool Beans when she lacked run­ning room in a Saratoga al­lowance.

◗ Ran well over soft ground as a 2-year-old in France.

Monte Crista, by Cape Blanco Last 3 Bey­ers: 87-80-80

◗ She is 4 for 5 on turf, in­clud­ing a solid score in the Riska­verse Stakes at Saratoga last out.

◗ Has a ten­dency to break slowly, which could be detri­men­tal leav­ing from post 10 in this spot.

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