Darley's Burmilla storms Gulfstream in debut
Darley Stable's 3-year-old Storm Cat filly Burmilla out-classed twelve opponents in her debut race on Sunday, going six furlongs in 1:10 flat under jockey Javier Castellano. The chestnut filly was bumped at the break, but moved quickly into contention and stalked just off the pace. She vied for the lead without pressure at the top of the stretch and put away her lone rival when asked at the eighth pole, drawing clear under a hand ride to win by 4 1/2 lengths.
Burmilla was highly regarded by her connections and did not disappoint. She was bred in Kentucky by ClassicStar and was purchased for $850,000 at Keeneland's 2004 September Yearling Sale. She is out of the Valid Appeal mare Nannerl.
Darley Stable's operation with EH Racing, under the care of assistant trainer Brian Ange, has been extremely successful since initiating its racing program on the east coast, with 12 winners and 9 second-place finishes from 37 starts, including 5 debut victories. The stable began with a majority of 2-year-olds at Saratoga, and since moving to Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, the barn has tallied 7 winners from 13 starters.
Darley Stable's racing manager Jimmy Bell was pleased with the progress, saying, "It took a while, but now we're rolling."
Trainer Eoin Harty was proud of his filly on Sunday, saying, "She was bumped quite severely soon after the start and was forced wide around the turn, but she had the class and ability to draw off convincingly. She is a quality filly and appears to have a very bright future."