The “Graveyard of Champions” claimed another victim Saturday at Saratoga. Multiple Grade 1 winner Raging Bull went to post as the even-money favorite in the $500,000 Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap, but he was never a factor, finishing sixth on the inner turf course. But 2019 Fourstardave winner Got Stormy showed her acceleration and strong stretch kick to beat the boys and pull the upset again in capturing the 2021 Fourstardave over seven rivals.
The magnificent mare Got Stormy went off at 12-1 odds and returned $27 for the win. Front-runner Blowout finished a close fourth after getting passed in the final yards by runner-up Set Piece and Casa Creed.
“She was taking me the whole way,” said jockey Tyler Gaffalione, a three-time stakes winner this meet. “I was able to tuck in and save ground. She relaxed beautifully down the backside. Going into the turn, she started to pick up on her own, and she started creeping up. When I put her outside, she unleashed a big run, and it was all over from there.”
Got Stormy earned her second win in four starts this year and has 12 wins in 30 career starts, with $2.4 million in earnings.
Got Stormy Headed to 2021 Breeders’ Cup
The Fourstardave win by Got Stormy earned her an automatic fees-paid invite to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup FanDuel Mile on the turf Nov. 6 at Del Mar. In 2019, following her Fourstardave record-breaking win, she went on to finish second in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile. Last year, Got Stormy tried the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and finished fifth. Trainer Mark Casse will discuss plans with the owners, but it appears very likely she’ll accept the BC Mile invitation and get ready for the FanDuel Mile.
MyRacehorse Stable Growing
Fans have had a unique opportunity to buy into select racehorses at a fraction of the normal cost.
MyRacehorse founder and CEO Michael Behrens was one of the nearly 250 MyRacehorse owners at Saratoga on Saturday enjoying the races with more than 36,000 fans. There are 2,966 owners of Got Stormy through MyRacehorse’s sale of microshares in her for $45 each. Got Stormy is owned in partnership with MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Stable, LLC.
“The social media reaction has been incredible. This is what the vision was when Mr. Hughes (owner of Spendthrift Farms) got involved with us. He wanted to get us better horses,” Behrens said.
Behrens told Forbes last year that he views MyRacehorse as more of a fun, cheap way to get into horseracing rather than a way to become rich. Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic had 5,314 investors with a 12.5% stake in the horse at about $200 per share.
People who invest in the horses through MyRacehorse get exclusive access to interviews with the jockeys and trainers and can view their training runs, among other perks.
“Our biggest thing is we try to make racehorse ownership an entertainment product that can be consumed by everyone,” Behrens said.
It’s been another fun ride for the fans who invested in Got Stormy. The magnificent mare will give her fans a cross-country ride for another run in the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 6 at Del Mar.