by Paulick Report Staff
Placed just once in his three starts so far this year, juvenile champion Storm the Court will try to get his season back on track in this Saturday’s Grade 3 $500,000 Ohio Derby. The 3-year-old son of Court Vision was made the 3-1 morning line favorite in the 14-horse field, set to go nine furlongs over the main track at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio.
The race offers the winner 20 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, rescheduled for Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Peter Eurton, Storm the Court won last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. This year, the colt finished fourth in the G2 San Vicente in his sophomore debut, then third in the G2 San Felipe in March. Most recently, he finished sixth in the G1 Arkansas Derby. This Saturday, Storm the Court will be partnered by regular rider Flavien Prat and break from post 13.
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner earns 2-year-old male Eclipse Award.
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.
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By Steve Sherack
ARCADIA, CA – With the crowd of 41,243 left completely stunned after a stumbling start for 4-5 favorite and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow), longshots Storm the Court(Court Vision) and Anneau d’Or (Medaglia d’Oro) battled down the Santa Anita stretch with the former getting the nod by a neck in a shocking GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Another bomb Wrecking Crew (Sky Kingdom) completed the trifecta.
The 45-1 wire-to-wire upset winner is the longest-priced victor in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile history.
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