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Neptune’s Storm Wins San Francisco Mile

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Monday June 15, 2020
Neptune’s Storm scored the $251,350 San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3T) on the turf at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. He finished just ahead of Kiwi’s Dream, who fought to the wire. 

The race for milers 3-years-old and upward awarded Neptune’s Storm his first win of the year. The Hill Prince Stakes (G2T) winner took three turf stakes last year and went on to finish second in the Hollywood Derby (G1T) at Del Mar. 

He then went on to finish third in the Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park to finish his 3-year-old season.

The 4-year-old Stormy gelding is trained by Richard Baltas for owners CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig, and Daniel Weiner. He has a record of 6-3-5 in 17 starts and earnings of $788,085. 

The Running

Kiwi’s Dream took the lead right away as Neptune’s Storm settled just off the leader to his outside. Camino Del Paraiso kept up in third.

The order of the field of eight stayed stable as a quarter-mile went in :23.97 and a half in :48.11. The favored Restrainedvengence was sitting in fifth racing wide.

The field turned for home, and the pace quickened slightly. Jockey William Antongeorgi III pushed Neptune’s Storm up to challenge the leader. As they came off the turn, Neptune’s Storm pushed past Kiwi’s Dream as they became the main two runners. 

Kiwi’s Dream kept fighting and forced Neptune’s Storm to work all the way to the finish. 

Neptune’s Storm won by a head in 1:35.50 on firm turf as Kiwi’s Dream finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of Camino Del Paraiso in third. Restrainedvengence came in fourth. 

Neptune’s Storm came in the San Francisco Mile after finishing seventh in the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1T) at Santa Anita. That race was his season debut, and he went on to finish in the top three in 12 consecutive starts.

Neptune’s Storm was bred in Kentucky by Tracy Farmer and is the first foal out of the unraced Iffraaj mare Immortal Life. 

My Girl Red at Santa Anita Park

On the same day as Neptune’s Storm’s win, My Girl Red became the first winner for her sire by taking a $56,200 maiden race over at Santa Anita Park.

The 2-year-old filly was joined by jockey Flavien Prat for her debut. She broke well and set an opening quarter-mile in :22:52 and pulled away over the 4 1/2-furlong distance. 

In the mid-stretch, she opened a three-length lead before finishing 4 1/4 lengths in front of favored Miss Baylee. She covered the distance in :52.90 on a fast track.

My Girl Red’s sire is 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red. She is owned and bred by Erich Brehm, who raced Texas Red in partnership with Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, Keith Desormeaux, and Gene Voss. 

My Girl Red is the fifth winner for her dam, which produced 3-year-old Gold Street (by Street Boss). Gold Street took the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last year and this year’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. 

Texas Red is an 8-year-old son of Afleet Alex and a first-crop stallion. He also took the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at 3, finishing ahead of Frosted at Saratoga Race Course in 2015. 

His last race was a fifth-place effort in the Travers Stakes (G1) that year and was retired in 2016. 

Texas Red stands at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for a $10,000 fee.