Storm Shooter tuned up for his upcoming race on May 5th at Belmont Park with an easy half-mile breeze yesterday morning. The New York-bred covered the distance in 51.44 seconds over Belmont’s training track. With race day approaching, trainer Rob Atras just wanted a maintenance work for the gelding.
Team Pletcher called an audible and moved up Storm Shooter’s work to today.
Assistant trainer Byron Hughes thought the Belmont Park training track was in better condition today than it would be tomorrow because of a deep freeze expected tonight. Freezing temperatures can lead to dry tracks, making them deep and cuppy.
Working a half-mile in company with Bourbonic, Storm Shooter covered the distance in 49.62 seconds. He was timed galloping out five furlongs in 1:03.00 and 1:16.40 for six furlongs.
“He was moving well throughout and looked like his typical self,” Byron said. “Solid breeze overall. Cooled out well.”
On Sunday, Feb. 14, Storm Shooter will be entered in the Feb. 19 first-level allowance race at Aqueduct. We will issue an update on Sunday after entries.