2004 Debut Successful for Storm Flag Flying
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 2/26/2004 6:10:07 PM
Last Updated: 2/26/2004 6:14:16 PM

Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2002, was victorious Thursday at Gulfstream Park in her first start in more than eight months, going over the $1 million mark in career earnings in the process.

Ridden by John Velazquez, the 4-year-old daughter of Storm Cat rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory in a $46,000 allowance optional claiming race. The dark bay or brown filly, owned by Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps and trained by Shug McGaughey, was the 4-5 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares. She completed the one mile, 70-yard distance in 1:42 3/5.

Physical problems kept Storm Flag Flying on the sidelines for most of her 3-year-old season. She had not started since a sixth-place finish in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) on June 6 at Belmont Park. She sustained a hairline fracture of a hind leg shortly after that. The filly was second in the Comely Stakes (gr. III) in her only other start of 2003.

Storm Flag Flying was undefeated in four starts at 2, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Arlington Park. She also won the Matron (gr. I) and Frizette (gr. I) Stakes at Belmont in 2002.

Thursday, she stalked pacesetting Keiai Sakura in second through fractions of :22 4/5, :46 2/5 and 1:11 4/5, moving to gain a narrow advantage leaving the far turn. Storm Flag Flying responded to urging to easily draw away from runner-up Redoubled, who passed Keiai Sakura in the stretch. She returned $3.60 for the win.

From the dam My Flag, by Easy Goer, she has earned $1,016180 with five victories in seven lifetime starts.

(Chart, Equibase)

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