FORTUNATE STORM WINS!!!
Fortunate Storm returned to the winner's circle with a wire to wire victory at Philadelphia Park on September 9th. After a disappointing summer amongst New York company, Fortunate Storm stretched back out around two turns and exhibited gameness and back class to repel numerous challenges before drawing away again in the last few strides.
Ridden by Tony Black, Fortunate Storm faced numerous challenges throughout the race. The early pace was contested, and Fortunate Storm was pushed through a half-mile in a sharp 45 and change. However, he withstood the early challenges only to be pressed again at the top of the stretch. Digging in on the rail, Fortunate Storm kept his neck in front the entire way and actually began drawing away slightly at the wire.
Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "We wanted to be in front, but I was a little concerned we might have gone too fast early. I think the track was pretty fast though, because he fought them all off and kept going. It was a good race."
The victory pushed Fortunate Storm's career earnings over $70,000.