Stormy Lucy heads a field of 12 in this Saturday's 30th edition of the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile on the grass at Santa Anita.
Trained by Ed Moger, Jr., Stormy Lucy has become the turf mare to watch ever since her impressive Grade I Matriarch win at Del Mar in late November. Running late to overcome Recepta by a head, among 13 other rivals in the mile turf race, the 6-year-old mare notched her first Grade I win.
Since then, Stormy Lucy has run a close second in two subsequent appearances; the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles by a neck and the Grade III Megahertz, by a nose, to Buena Vista competitor Keri Belle, both over Santa Anita's turf course.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard “Lucy” for her last three races and who will again be engaged to ride Saturday didn't believe the Megahertz was an accurate gage of just how talented his mare is. “I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said the Hall of Famer. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack.”
The recently turned 7-year-old mare owned by Steve Moger is by Stormy Atlantic, out of the Dixieland Band mare, Here Comes Lucinda and is 33-8-4-5 overall with $811,700 in earnings.
Her Emmynency reunites with jockey Joe Talamo in hopes of adding another graded victory to her resume. Most recently a winner of the Grade I, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland over the turf Oct. 10, the 4-year-old filly by Successful Appeal has only been out of the money once in seven lifetime starts.
Trained by Kristin Mulhall ever since the Kentucky-bred owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash joined her southern California barn immediately following the QEII win, Her Emmynency may not be in peak form but Mulhall is hoping “her class will kick in.”
“She had a small ulcer on her throat when we got her and we wanted it to heal 100 percent before we resumed training,” said Mulhall. “She's not 100 percent fit but if we don't run here we have nowhere to go until March 26th (Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf) which is too far away.”
Her Emmynency is 7-4-2-0 overall with $540,250 in earnings.
The complete field for the Grade II Buena Vista, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Keri Belle, Alex Solis, 120; Stylish in Black, Tiago Pereira, 120; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 120; Nashoba's Gold, Victor Espinoza, 120; Chocolatier, Tyler Baze, 120; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 122; Lutine Belle, Brice Blanc, 120; Glory, Mike Smith, 120; Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 124; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Paulina's Love, Gary Stevens, 120; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 120. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Moanin, Flavien Prat, 120; Minks Apraise, Martin Garcia, 120.
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