Stormello Gets Flight; Headed to Florida

After furiously attempting to find a flight to Florida for Stormello, trainer and co-owner Bill Currin finally was able to book a FedEx flight that is scheduled to leave California at 4 a.m. Wednesday. The son of Stormy Atlantic  will face Nobiz Like Shobiz and a host of other top 3-year-olds in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

Currin had hoped to book a Florida West flight, but that didn’t go.

“I know it’s expensive to get to Florida,” Currin said after hearing the disappointing news, “but I’m willing to pay. I just want to get him there and put an end to the East Coast bias. We’ve got some pretty nice horses in California, too.”

The FedEx flight was Currin’s last hope, and he only found out it was a go Tuesday morning. “I feel like I just had a baby elephant,” a relieved Currin said.

With the addition of Stormello, the $350,000 Fountain of Youth should be a strong race, with Nobiz Like Shobiz, Drums of Thunder, and Scat Daddy, who finished first, second, and third in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), as well as Swale (gr. II) winner Adore the Gold. The distance of the Fountain of Youth is 1 1/8 mile.

Stormello, out of the Carson City mare Wilshewed, was bred in Kentucky by Currin and Al Eisman. The chestnut colt has not started since winning the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 16, but has a long string of impressive workouts to his credit. His last move was bullet five-furlong work over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park in :58 1/5 Feb. 24.

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