Get Stormy won the 2011 Maker's Mark Mile

Get Stormy won the 2011 Maker's Mark Mile

Anne M. Eberhardt

Maker's Mark Contenders Work at Keeneland

Defending champion Get Stormy and Turallure each drill five furlongs April 6.

Defending champion Get Stormy  and Turallure had the Keeneland turf course all to themselves on  the morning of April 6 as they prepared for the upcoming Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT).

“Hey, you want to go together?” Get Stormy’s trainer, Tom Bush, called to trainer Charles Lopresti as Turallure backtracked to the finish line.

“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” Lopresti said with a laugh. Both horses worked five furlongs on their own.

The 24th running of the $300,000 Maker's Mark Mile is set for April 13.

Four D Stables’ homebred Turallure was the first to go with Julien Leparoux aboard. Working in the middle of the course, Turallure covered the distance in :59 3/5 with fractions of :24 1/5, :48 1/5, and out six furlongs in 1:13.

Sullimar Stable’s Get Stormy, with exercise rider Javier Cabrera up, was timed in a leisurely 1:03 3/5. Running closer to the rail, Get Stormy was credited with fractions of :26 3/5, :51 4/5 and out six furlongs in 1:17.

Get Stormy, a 6-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic , has won 11 of 27 lifetime starts with earnings of $1,496,197. In his lone start in 2012, he captured the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 11. He followed last year's win in the Maker's Mark with a victory in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).

“He started off a little slower than I expected," Bush said of the workout. "I think he was doing some sightseeing out there. But he finished up well.”

Turallure is a leading contender in this year's Maker's Mark after finishing eighth in 2011. This will be his first start since a gutsy runner-up finish in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Churchill Downs turf Nov. 5. The 5-year-old gray son of Wando has won six of 16 races in his career while banking $1,267,465.

Nineteen older grass specialists are nominated to this year's Maker's Mark.

Other probables are Big Blue Kitten , Data Link , Doubles Partner, and Hollinger, according to Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman.

A second grade I turf event at Keeneland, the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles April 14, drew 14 nominations.

Among those expected to compete are Tapitsfly, Zagora, and Daisy Devine. Also considered probable for the race is Bay to Bay.