Storm the Court Completes Final Work for Arkansas Derby

Juvenile champ is one of Peter Eurton’s two Arkansas Derby (G1) contenders.

Juvenile male champion Storm the Court completed major preparations for the Arkansas Derby (G1) with a quick half-mile work April 27 at Santa Anita Park. The Peter Eurton trainee worked the four furlongs on a fast main track in :47 3/5, the fourth fastest time of 41 at the distance.

“I was pretty pleased with it. Just something short; we’ve been doing some longer ones and he ships tomorrow so I didn’t want to do it,” Eurton said. “But he looked really good getting out there stretching his legs.”

Monday’s exercise followed a six-furlong drill in 1:13 3/5 April 20 and a five-furlong work in 1:00 3/5 April 15. The Court Vision  colt is scheduled to fly to Oaklawn Park  Tuesday morning ahead of the May 2 Arkansas Derby.

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Storm the Court Confirmed for Arkansas Derby

Juvenile champion finished third in San Felipe Stakes (G2) last out.

 

Southern California-based trainer Peter Eurton said April 21 that he plans to have two entrants in the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2 at Oaklawn Park, including juvenile champion Storm the Court.

The Court Vision  colt worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 April 20 at Santa Anita Park in advance of the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby, which will mark his first start outside California. Storm the Court, campaigned by Exline-Border Racing, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson, and Dan Hudock, secured an Eclipse Award as the 2019 champion 2-year-old male with a frontrunning victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at 45-1.

Eurton said he also plans to enter ERJ Racing, Exline-Border Racing, and Hudock’s Shooters Shoot, a first-level allowance winner at a mile April 11 at Oaklawn, in the Arkansas Derby.

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Storm the Court Named Top Juvenile Male

Storm the Court (Court Vision) has been overlooked for most of his young career thus far, but that changed with his recognition as an improbable champion 2-year-old male. Bought by horseman Bryan Rice for just $5,000 as a Fasig-Tipton February yearling in 2018, he blossomed in the ensuing year and sold for $60,000 to the shrewd Marette Farrell after breezing a quarter-mile in :21 2/5 at OBS April as the only representative of his sire in the entire sale. Scoring a 12-1 upset of his debut Aug. 10 at Del Mar, he was stepped up by trainer Peter Eurton into the GI Runhappy Del Mar Futurity next out. That race is infamous for the antics of heavy favorite Eight Rings (Empire Maker), who ducked in sharply soon after the start and unseated his rider. Storm the Court, who also lost his pilot because of the incident, was a mere footnote in the affair. He did little to make a name for himself in the GI American Pharoah S., finished a well-beaten third behind an Eight Rings that was on his best behavior Sept. 27 at Santa Anita. That led to him being dismissed at nearly 46-1 in the GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1 in Arcadia, but the bay kept finding more after setting a quick pace, and dug in resolutely to turn back fellow longshot Anneau d’Or (Medaglia d’Oro) by a head, pulling off the biggest stunner of the World Championship weekend. Drilling steady at his Santa Anita base, Storm the Court is slated to take his first step as a sophomore on the GI Kentucky Derby trail in the Feb. 9 GII San Vicente S.

Accepting the Award…

“I am incredibly honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire Storm the Court team. There are many people who have contributed to this colt’s special moment. Marette Farrell and her team who do all the bloodstock work for Exline-Border are some of the hardest-working people I know. They are honest, diligent and I can confidently say we would not be standing here today without their guidance. Peter Eurton did an excellent job with ‘Storm.’ Peter is an excellent horseman, but he’s like family to us. He has continuously delivered us success on the biggest of stages and we are lucky to have him on our team.” —Ryan Exline of Exline-Border Racing, co-owner

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Connections Celebrate Championship for Storm the Court

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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Storm the Court, Son of Louisiana Sire Court Vision Named Eclipse Champion 2-year-old male

Court Vision is now the first Louisiana based sire to have an Eclipse Award winning Champion to his credit.

Storm The Court (Court Vision-My Tejana Storm, by Tejano Run) was named the Champion 2-year-old Male, at last night’s Eclipse Awards ceremonies. A near disasterous mishap in the Runhappy Del Mar Futurity in which favorite Eight Rings bumped Storm The Court causing both horses to lose their riders, could have ended his 2-year old season. However, the Kentucky bred colt came back to finish 3rd in the G1 American Pharoah Stakes before a longshot 45-1 victory in the G1 TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Sire Court Vision stands at Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne in Opelousas, Louisiana for a 2020 fee of $3,500.

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Lifetime Breeding Right To Court Vision A Rare Sight At Keeneland January Sale

Court Vision produced the second highest win payout in Breeders’ Cup history

Not every offering at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale can be found at the end of a shank.

Friday’s closing session of the January auction will feature Hip 1671S, a lifetime breeding right to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and veteran stallion Court Vision, who began his stud career in Ontario, relocated to Spendthrift Farm’s Kentucky base, then was moved to Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne in Opelousas, La., for the 2017 breeding season. It’ll be the first time a stallion share, season, or breeding right has been offered at a Keeneland sale in nearly a decade.

Canadian horseman Sean Fitzhenry purchased the lifetime breeding right to Court Vision when the son of Gulch retired to Park Stud in Ontario in 2012, and he continued to support the stallion when he was moved to Kentucky in 2016. However, the breeding right had gone unused since Court Vision was sold to a group based in Louisiana and relocated to the state.

 

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Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne to Hold Stallion Show, Friday, January 24

Event to include Mare and Foal Development Presentations

Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne will host a stallion showcase to present their stallions Friday, January 24 starting at 12:00 noon.

A catered lunch will be provided.

The 2020 stallion roster is composed of

  • Gemologist: #1 2019 Louisiana Leading Sire; sire of 2019 G1 placed, G3SW Horologist
  • Court Vision: #2 2019 Louisiana Leading Sire; sire of 2019 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Storm The Court.
  • Astrology: #5 2019 Louisiana Leading Sire; A top twenty 2019 4th Crop Sire

Between stallion presentations, guest speakers will talk to a variety of topics including

  • Reproductive Mare Care
  • Nutrition
  • Foot and Hoof Care

 

Acadiana Equine @ Copper Crowne
5124 Highway 182 South
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone: 337-407-9555

David Tillson, Stallion Manager
Email: David@thestockexchange.biz
Phone: 337-315-2439

 

 

 

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2YO Eclipse Contender, Storm The Court, Demonstrates the Value of his Sire, Court Vision

 

Championship Shot Brings Vision Back in Focus

Storm the Court | Eclipse Sportswire

By Chris McGrath

There’s been some pretty faint praise for the winner of what generally proves the key race to determine the best 2-year-old colt of his crop. So much so, that plenty of Eclipse voters were plainly hoping that Tiz The Law (Constitution) could pull the championship rug from under the feet of Storm The Court (Court Vision), shock winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, when odds-on for the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. last Saturday.

In the event, Tiz The Law succumbed to the same stage fright that unravelled more fancied horses when Storm the Court emulated his sire, 64-1 winner of the Mile in 2011, as a hear-a-pin-drop Breeders’ Cup winner. His defeat presumably restores Storm the Court to pole position, though the turf winners at the Breeders’ Cup may yet enter the equation. But whoever ultimately gains the laurels, it must be pretty irritating for connections of Storm the Court to hear his success treated as an aberration, sooner credited to inconsistencies in track and opposition than to his own merit.

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COURT VISION SON STORM THE COURT UPSETS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE

By Bob Ehalt

If the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is any indication of what awaits racing fans on the 2020 Triple Crown trail, then get some popcorn and buckle your seat belt. There’s a wild, unpredictable trip ahead of us.

On paper, anyway, the 36th edition of the Juvenile looked like a rather formful way to decide the 2-year-old championship. The three betting favorites—Dennis’ Moment (4-5), Eight Rings (3-2), and Scabbard (5-1)—seemed to tower over theother five starters, none of whom were lessthan 23-1 on the toteboard at Santa Anita Park.

 

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Court Vision Colt Leads Home Parade of Longshots in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

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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