ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2017)–Heavily favored Stormy Liberal registered his third consecutive stakes win down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Sunday as took the $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes by a measured three quarters of a length under regular pilot Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Trained by Peter Miller, he got 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:11.88.
Third behind dueling leaders Eddie Haskell and Ambitious Brew at the dirt crossing three sixteenths of a mile from home, Stormy Liberal, who was full of run from his rail post position, swung three wide at the top of the lane and easily overtook Ambitious Brew while winning in-hand.
Off at 4-5 in a field of four 3-year-olds and up, he paid $3.60 and $2.20, with no show wagering.
“Turning for home, he was so full of run and I didn’t want to bother anyone,” said Arroyo, in reference to his horse’s tendency to lean on horses to his inside at the dirt crossing. “That was my main concern. He actually felt more powerful today than he did last time (a nose win in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on March 4.) He loves the hill.”
Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic, notched his sixth win from 11 starts down Santa Anita’s hillside layout and improved his overall record to 19-6-6-1. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $342,070.
“You could see that Norberto was very conscious of keeping him off the five (Ambitious Brew),” said Miller, who claimed Stormy Liberal five starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 16. “I really want to thank my owners and David Lanzman, who picked this horse out to claim.”
Ridden by Mike Smith, Ambitious Brew, who finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Eddie Haskell, was off at 2-1 and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.62, 43.38 and 1:05.59.
Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. Free parking and General Admission will be offered.