Storm Flag Flying On Target for Acorn

Edited from a NYRA release

Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the 2-year-old champion filly of 2002, worked three furlongs in :35 3/5 over the main track Wednesday morning at Belmont Park and is on target for the grade I, $250,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies at one mile June 6th. According to trainer Shug McGaughey, "she went well. I caught her galloping out four furlongs in :48 and change and five-eighths in 1:02 and change."

Storm Flag Flying suffered the first loss of her career in the April 18th Comely Stakes to Cyber Secret. She was a perfect 4-for-4 at two, including a division-clinching win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

"She's doing fine," McGaughey said. "I really like the time between the Comely and the Acorn."

There is a big prize out there for 3-year-old fillies this year. The New York Racing Association has restructured the "Triple Tiara," which used to consist of the Acorn, the grade I Mother Goose and the grade I Coaching Club American Oaks. This year, any 3-year-old filly that can sweep the $300,000 nine-furlong Mother Goose at Belmont Park on June 28th; the $500,000 CCA Oaks at a mile and a half on July 29th and the grade I, $750,000 Alabama at a mile and a quarter at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 16th, will receive a $2 million bonus.