12) STORM THE COURT (c, Court Vision–My Tejana Storm, by Tejano Run)
O-Exline-Border Racing LLC, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson & Dan Hudock. B-Stepping Stone Farm (Ky). T-Peter Eurton. Sales History: $5,000 yrl ’18 FTKFEB; $60,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: GISW, 4-2-0-1, $1,172,951.
Last Start: 1st GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 1
Next Start: Aiming for GIII San Vicente S., SA, Feb. 9
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 22.
The defending 2-year-old champ will be back in action this weekend, headlining what is likely to be a short field over seven furlongs in the GII San Vicente S. Even though it offers no Derby qualifying points and is the lone remaining stakes sprint of any importance after January on the Derby prep calendar, the San Vicente is a historical stepping-stone to success on the first Saturday in May. Kentucky Derby winners Nyquist (2016) and Silver Charm (1997) both won the San Vicente, as did five other Derby champs dating to 1940 (Majestic Prince, Lucky Debonair, Swaps, Hill Gail and Gallahadion). “He is a May foal, and I believe he’s maybe grown an inch or so,” trainer Peter Eurton updated TDN’s Joe Bianca last week. “He never was short or anything, he’s always been kind of leggy, not a real thick individual, but I think he has filled out a bit. He’s close to 1,100 pounds now, whereas some of these 3-year-olds you see are well in the high 11s, 1,200s, so he’s not what you’d call big in thickness, but he’s tall and leggy.”