Ridgemont Highlands’ triple G1 winning sire Jackson had yet another update to his impressive female line on Saturday, when his relative El Tormenta won the G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile at Woodbine.
Four-year-old El Tormenta (by Stormy Atlantic) gave retiring jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva a parting gift, and trainer Gail Cox her biggest victory, by springing a 44-1 surprise in Saturday’s $843,703 Woodbine Mile (G1).
Victorious earlier this year in the G2 Connaught Cup, the Sam-Son Farm bred gelding drafted just behind the leading trio of Silent Poet, Admiralty Pier, and Awesometank as they vied through splits of :22.84 and :44.43 on the good turf. The duelists paid the price, and the stalking Got Stormy struck the front at the six-furlong mark in 1:08.33.
Meanwhile, Da Silva maneuvered El Tormenta around in upper stretch in search of room, ended up diving back inside for a gap, and plowed through to collar Got Stormy. Lucullan was bearing down on the outside, and Raging Bull was storming into the picture after lagging last early thanks to a troubled start. Unfortunately for him, Lucullan drifted out under left-handed urging and interfered with Raging Bull’s momentum – and his own. By the time Luis Saez got Lucullan got back on the straight and narrow, he inched closer in third, but not near enough.
El Tormenta was a half-length on top at the conclusion of the mile in 1:32.60. Lucullan crossed the wire a half-length adrift of Got Stormy, with Raging Bull another neck back in fourth. The stewards posted the inquiry sign promptly to review Lucullan’s waywardness. The final decision took time, but the right call was made to disqualify Lucullan and elevate Raging Bull to third.
El Tormenta, whose win on Saturday provided him with an automatic berth in the 2019 G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, has now won four of 13 outings and has earned $832 556 in stakes.
A three-parts brother to G3 winner His Race To Win, El Tormenta’s fifth dam is legendary broodmare No Class –who is the fourth dam of Ridgemont’s in-form sire Jackson. This is also the family of US champion sire Smart Strike, successful local sires Sail From Seattle and Strike Smartly, and ill-fated Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain.
One of the very best sons of the late Dynasty, Jackson made news recently when his three-year-old daughters Flame Tree and Pretty Young Thing won impressively at Kenilworth, to stamp themselves as horses to follow this season.
– Cape Breeders Club
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