FORTUNATE STORM WINS!!!
Fortunate Storm fought back to win after being passed in the stretch on October 16th at Philadelphia Park. Fortunate Storm broke okay, but he didn't show an abundance of energy in the early stages of the race. Jockey Tony Black, however, got after Fortunate Storm early and hustled him hard to strike the front heading into the first turn. Fortunate Storm did manage to tuck in pretty well to the inside, but he was pressed from the inside through a quarter-mile in 23.3. The pace remained honest down the backstretch as Fortunate Storm opened a slim daylight margin through a half in 47.41. Heading into the final turn, Fortunate Storm faced a host of challengers. The eventual runner-up made a big sweeping move going wide on the turn, and the pace presser still remained on contention down inside. As the field straightened away in the stretch, the inside horse began to fade, but Fortunate Storm had been collared on the outside and looked to be in trouble. Tony Black got after Fortunate Storm with the right hand, and he dug in on the inside. However, the outside horse was going better and surged to a half-length lead inside the sixteenth pole. Tony Black kept after Fortunate Storm, and Fortunate Storm fought back gamely to stick his head back in front in the shadow of the wire. There was one final surge from a horse closing from the back of the pack, but Fortunate Storm was able to hang on and win by a very game head.
Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "We wanted this horse to be on the lead. He's better when he doesn't have to pass horses, and I thought we were the speed of the race. I thought we might make the lead pretty easily, but he didn't really come running out of there. Tony had to use him hard into the turn, and the one horse stayed just up inside of him. We couldn't clear him. I was afraid we might not get a breather, but Tony let the horse settle pretty well down the backstretch. He never got a breather, and that horse on the outside made a big run. I thought we might be in trouble, but the horse showed some heart. He got passed, but he came back. It was a nice race."
This was Fortunate Storm's second win in his last three starts and his third career victory. He earned $8,100 for his effort bringing his career total to $83,040.