Grade 1 Winner Got Stormy Expected To Kick Off 2020 Campaign In Tampa's Endeavour
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione guides Got Stormy to the winner's circle after their victory in the Grade I, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Leading the list of candidates for the 21st running of the Lambholm South Endeavour, to be held next Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, is Gary Barber's 5-year-old mare Got Stormy. Her outstanding 2019 campaign included a victory in the Grade I Fourstardave Handicap against males at Saratoga, a victory in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar and a runner-up effort to eventual Eclipse award winner Uni in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.
Mark Casse trains Got Stormy, who is 8-for-18 with career earnings of $1,430,578. The conditioner won both the Lambholm South Endeavour and the Grade II Hillsborough Stakes here in 2016 with superstar Tepin. Tyler Gaffalione will be the jockey on Got Stormy.
As of today, trainer Chad Brown was considering sending one of two 5-year-old mares from their south Florida base to Tampa Bay Downs for the Lambholm South Endeavour: Tapit Today, who won an allowance/optional claiming race here on Dec. 28, or the French-bred Altea.
Got Stormy's other challengers are expected to include trainer Tom Albertrani's 5-year-old mare Andina Del Sur, who won the Grade III Florida Oaks here in 2018 and has won stakes races in two of her last four starts; multiple stakes-winning 6-year-old Dynatail, trained by Mike Dini; 6-year-old Quick Witted, trained by Ignacio Correas, IV; and trainer Jordan Blair's 6-year-old Phantom Opening, an impressive winner of an allowance/optional claiming race here on Jan. 10.
Biancone may send 4-year-old Florida-bred filly Kelsey's Cross.
While Got Stormy's record stamps her as the class of the Lambholm South Endeavour, the 34th edition of the Tampa Bay Stakes, as of this writing, appears to have the potential to be a wide-open slugfest.
Trainer H. Graham Motion is expected to enter Calumet Farm's 4-year-old English Bee, who won the Grade III New Kent County Virginia Derby last August at Colonial Downs. The son of English Channel is likely to face a stern test from a pair of Florida-breds: trainer Tom Proctor's multiple stakes-winning 6-year-old gelding Caribou Club and Grade II winner March to the Arch, a 5-year-old Casse trainee who won the Florida Cup Touch Vodka Turf Classic here on March 31 and the Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.
Other expected starters include 5-year-old Maraud, a multiple graded-stakes winner trained by Joseph Orseno; trainer Todd Pletcher's 4-year-old colt Halladay, winner of the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream five weeks ago; graded-stakes winner Real Story, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Correas; Bourbon War, a 4-year-old colt trained by Mark Hennig who finished second in last year's Grade II Fountain of Youth and competed in the Preakness and Belmont; as well as 2017 Hawthorne Derby winner My Bariley, stakes winners Renaisance Frolic and Admiralty Pier and Sentry.