NEPTUNE’S STORM ATTENDS PACE EN ROUTE TO IMPRESSIVE ONE LENGTH WIN IN $150,000 CINEMA STAKES UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BALTAS, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.65
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 2, 2019)–Attentive to the pace, Neptune’s Storm took command a quarter mile from home and went on to an impressive one length tally in Sunday’s $150,000 Cinema Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and trained by Richard Baltas, Neptune’s Storm, a 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding, got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.65.
Breaking from the far outside in a field of five sophomores, Neptune’s Storm was quickly into stride and laid second to King of Speed to the top of the lane where he took command.
“On paper, there wasn’t a whole a lot of speed and this horse has natural speed,” said Baltas, who took over the training of Neptune’s Storm prior to his most recent start, a three quarter length win in the one mile turf Singletary Stakes here on April 28. “He can carry his speed and he’s a good horse. The thing about him is, he’ll rate. He doesn’t have to have the lead…I didn’t have to tell Drayden anything…I just told him to have the horse up close.”
The second choice in the wagering at 3-2, Neptune’s Storm paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.40.
“I learned from riding him last time and then working him in the mornings that when horses come to him on his outside, he’ll re-engage and fight back,” said Van Dyke. “On the gallop out today, horses came to him and he took off. He should like more distance.”
Owned by Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner, Neptune’s Storm, who is out of Immortal Life, by Iffraaj, picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $249,585. In garnering his second stakes win, he improved his overall mark to 9-4-1-2.
In a determined effort, Parsimony, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, tracked the winner and pacesetting King of Speed to the furlong pole, prevailed by a neck for second money and paid $5.60 and $3.40 while off at 6-1.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, King of Speed was off at 11-1 and paid $3.60 to show while finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gregorian Chant.
Fractions on the race were 25.12, 49.53, 1:12.77 and 1:36.59.