Storm Shooter Race Recap

Storm Shooter finished fifth today while making his first start in a claiming race in Race 2 at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old was not claimed.

Jockey Manny Franco sent Storm Shooter to the early lead from his rail post in the six-horse field as instructed by trainer Rob Atras. Our gelding set an opening quarter mile in a quick 22.53 seconds while under pressure from Daufuskie Island to his outside. Following the first quarter-mile, the eventual winner and favorite, Life Charger, joined the fray from the outside, and the trio of runners swung out of the turn into the stretch of the seven-furlong race after a half-mile was run in 45.51. At the top of the lane, Storm Shooter began to get leg-weary and was fading. He was beaten 8 1/4 lengths by the winner.

We will check in with the Atras barn in the coming days and we will report back on how Storm Shooter exited his race.

Storm Shooter Update

Storm Shooter looks to get back to the winner’ circle while dropping in for a claiming tag for the first time in Thursday’s second race at Belmont Park. The $40,000 claiming event will have a field of six, with Manny Franco piloting Storm Shooter from post 1 in the seven-furlong dirt race. With odds of 3-1, Storm Shooter is the co-second choice in the field. Post time is 1:33 p.m. ET.

Storm Shooter has struggled to find his previous solid form since his 11-month layoff ended in mid-January. After being gelded and still not stepping it up, some relief in company was the next step to help Storm Shooter find the winner’s circle again. In his final breeze on April 30th, Rob Atras said it was by far the best he has seen Storm Shooter traveling since he has been in his barn. The time was slow due to instructions to the rider to take it easy with a race just five days later.

About the Competition (in post position order):

Forty Comets (3-1) is dropping from salty allowance levels, where he did hold his own in some races this winter. Breaking his maiden back in December gave him his highest Beyer Speed Figure of 78. He will have to run back to that effort to beat the field here.

Centavo (12-1) has improved since being claimed by Naipaul Chatterpaul. His best races have come at a mile, and he would have to improve immensely from his previous seven-furlong race to beat the field here. Would look elsewhere.

Daufuskie Island (4-1) broke his maiden nicely on debut last summer in Saratoga against New York-breds. Since that effort, he ran in five consecutive restricted stakes and two decent allowance races in state-bred company. This will be his first time running longer than 6 ½ furlongs, with his best distance being six furlongs where he earned an 83 BSF. Will have to return to former form with the addition of blinkers here.

Top of the Mint (6-1) broke his maiden in a maiden claiming event in November after a 13-month layoff and following two years of trying to break through the maiden ranks. He has not been seen since December after a fifth-place finish in state-bred allowance company. Dropping back to the claiming level could help this gelding. With Kendrick Carmouche aboard, Top of the Mint will likely show early speed, which he used to break his maiden.

Life Changer (9-5) is the morning-line favorite and last raced at Tampa Bay Downs. Life Changer has run against some tough competition in his career, including Following Sea. He has run some high speed figures and gets the benefit of a five-pound weight allowance with apprentice Jose Gomez aboard. Most likely the one to beat.

Storm Shooter Race Entry

Storm Shooter has been entered in Race 2 at Belmont Park for Thursday, May 5th. Manny Franco has been named to ride from the rail in the six-horse field. The seven-furlong dirt race is a $40,000 claiming event with a purse of $45,000. Post time is 1:33 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned for our paddock lottery, which will be shared in a subsequent post.

Storm Shooter Workout Report

Storm Shooter breezed a half mile by himself yesterday morning over the training track at Belmont Park. Regular exercise rider, Renzo Morales, said that Storm Shooter is feeling the best he has since joining the barn late last fall. The official clockers, unfortunately, missed our gelding breezing, so you will not see an official time for yesterday’s breeze. Rob Atras’ assistant, Raffie, stopped his watch in 49.12 seconds. Rob returns from Oaklawn later today and we will confirm where we will see Storm Shooter run next.

Storm Shooter Workout Report

Storm Shooter breezed a half mile by himself this past Saturday over the Belmont Park training track, stopping the clock in 49.78 seconds. Rob Atras’ assistant trainer, and wife, Brittney was on hand for the work and thought Storm Shooter looked to be the most comfortable that she has seen him since he joined the barn last fall. In the above video, you’ll see Storm Shooter’s MyRacehorse stablemate and neighbor, Regal Rebel, looking jealous of his camera time as she peaks under his hay net.