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Stormy Business upsets Prime Time T.V. in $40,000 Manitoba Derby Trial

July 12, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Ernie Nairn
Sunday, July 10, the $40,000 Manitoba Derby Trial for 3-year-olds over a mile and a sixteenth saw Minnesota invader Stormy Business with local jockey Felipe Valdez score a two-length “come from behind” victory over race favourite Prime Time T.V.

The Virginia - bred colt, sired by Storm Creek out of Promising Affair by Colonial Affair, came into the race with a (2-0-1) record in 5 starts this season at Canterbury Park, Hawthorne and Oaklawn Park. In his last outing at Canterbury Park he finished fifth in the $50,000 Come Summer Stakes on turf over one mile. Prior to that start Stormy Business won the $40,000 St. Paul Derby over six furlongs by 3-3/4 lengths on May 28.

In this feature, Prime Time T. V. and rider Travis Hightower jumped off to the early lead along with Cherokee Dancer and Anderson Ward, followed by Resurgent and Ken Hendricks while Raggidy Rowe and Larry Munoz as well as Stormy Business followed the pace. Coming into the final turn with Prime Time T.V. and Cherokee Dancer still running head to head, Valdez and Stormy Business made their move near the rail, passed the front runners and never were challenged the rest of the way. The running time for the feature was 1:46.00. Stormy Business took home first place purse money of $24,000.

Owned by the Double Bogey Stable and trained by Larry Donlin, Stormy Business was the second pre-race (3-1) choice and paid $11.80, $3.10 and $3.70. With Prime Time T.V. coming second and Raggidy Rowe third, the triactor of (3-6-7) paid $67.90, the exactor paid $11.80 and the quinella $5.20.

Following the win, jockey Felipe Valdez thanked the trainer for allowing him the opportunity to ride Stormy Business. “I just listened to the trainer; he told me there would be a lot of speed on the lead and he told me to hold the horse back and make one round following the pack. But as soon as I asked the horse for more at the 3/8ths pole, I knew I had a lot of horse and I really appreciated the opportunity to ride him.”
Valdez, in his first season as a jockey at Assiniboia Downs, added that he has appreciated all the help he has received from everyone at the racetrack and is happy to be here and win his first stakes race.

Double Bogey Stables owner Darrell Rahe calls Omaha, Nebraska home where he is an insurance adjuster and was heading directly to Florida come Monday to deal with the damage Hurricane Dennis was expected to bring, but was happy to be here for the win.

After winning the six furlongs St. Paul Derby, Rahe said they looked at the Manitoba Derby Trial as a way of giving Stormy Business a longer race in order to stretch the colt out. “He beat a nice horse in the St. Paul Derby in Smoke, Smoke, Smoke, so we wanted to try him in a little longer race. There wasn’t a whole lot to run him in at Canterbury, so we decided to bring him here. When asked if he would consider returning for the $100,000 Manitoba Lotteries Derby Darrel Rahe said, “Sure, we’ll look at it real strongly. As long as the horse came out of this race alright and the trainer thinks that’s the thing to do, we’ll be back.”