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Changing Weather storms home in Matt Winn at Churchill

5/20/2006

Darley Stable's Changing Weather scored his first stakes win on Saturday in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs going 6 furlongs under jockey Robby Albarado. The 3-year-old gray colt broke sharply and settled in sixth position, relaxing nicely eight lengths off the lead. He showed a quick turn of foot at the 3/8 pole, going five wide around the turn, accelerating in the stretch to get up by a neck and galloping out in front of the field.

Assistant trainer Pete Gonazlez, who has been supervising the colt's training at Santa Anita said, "He ran beautifully. He's been off for three months, but he never gave up. He's a real tryer."

The Storm Boot colt was bred in Florida by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and was purchased at the 2005 Ocala Breeders Sales for $260,000. He is out of the Rubiano mare Behaving. He has two wins and two seconds from seven starts and has increased his earnings to $215,433. Changing Weather spent the winter in California where he finished second and fourth in a pair of stakes before capturing the Matt Winn at Churchill.

"He's an honest, genuine horse who has been encountering some tough company. This race suited his style of running. He's a come-from-behind sprinter and there was a lot of speed in the race, so it set up nicely for him," said trainer Eoin Harty.

Changing Weather will join EH Racing's east coast operation at Belmont Park for his next start.

Darley Stable scored an even bigger victory today with Bernardini in the Grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The A.P. Indy colt, who is trained by Tom Albertrani, came from off the pace to trounce the field by 5 1/4 lengths under jockey Javier Castellano. Bernardini now has three wins from four starts, including two graded stakes victories.




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