Nasty Storm Takes Raven Run

Showing good speed and maintaining it over seven furlongs, Nasty Storm made it two wins in a row with a powerful performance in Keeneland's $109,900 Raven Run Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Wednesday afternoon.

Ridden by Pat Day, the daughter of Gulch trained by Dallas Stewart covered the distance in 1:23.30 and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Hattiesburg rallied well for second while Forest Secrets tired in the lane to finish third.

Nasty Storm is owned by a consortium headed by former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum. She will be sold at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.

In her previous start off the layoff, Nasty Storm won the Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway Park on Sept. 15.

At the break, longshot Naughty Mambo broke sharpest and took the early advantage as four horses vied for the lead across the track. As they entered the main track from the seven-furlong chute, it was Forest Secrets who grabbed the short lead, getting the opening quarter in :22.45. Forest Secrets, owned by Debby Oxley and winner of the grade I Acorn Stakes in June, vied with Nasty Storm down the backstretch and tandem pulled away from their five rivals. They got the half in :45.21.

Those two battled for the lead while Hattiesburg began to a nice rally from off the pace as they entered the lane. Hattiesburg got to the top two while traveling wide, but as Forest Secrets began to tire late, Pat Day emptied the reserves of Nasty Storm and they pulled away for a convincing victory.

"She was much the best," said Day. "She broke well and then they came to her down the backside. When Hattiesburg came up to us, I put her to the task and she drew away."

Darling Deputy finished fourth, followed by Naughty Mambo, Southern Tour, and Curve Ahead.

Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Nasty Storm returned $3.60. The 2-5 exacta paid $18.20 and the 2-5-4 trifecta paid $37.60.