09/17/2012 3:48PM

Get Stormy, winner of three Grade 1's, retired

Barbara D. Livingston
Six-year-old Get Stormy won nine stakes races over the course of his career.

Get Stormy, a speedy turf specialist who won three Grade 1 events, has been retired, trainer Tom Bush announced Monday.

Bred and owned by Mary Sullivan, Get Stormy won 11 of 31 career starts and earned $1,606,812. His last start resulted in a third-place finish in the Aug. 11 Fourstardave at Saratoga.

“We’d actually been thinking about it for a few days,” Bush said from New York. “We need to get to work on finding him a new job.”

Get Stormy, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Stormy Atlantic, won nine stakes, most notably back-to-back wins at Saratoga in 2010 in the Grade 2 Fourstardave and Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, and in 2011 in Kentucky in the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. His third Grade 1 score also was his final career victory, coming last February in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

“He was the best horse I ever trained,” said Bush. “He really was a special horse, gave us a lot of thrills. He doesn’t owe us anything, so we’re happy to retire him.”

Bush said he hopes to field a satisfactory offer soon to get Get Stormy to stud starting in 2013.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
What a beauty! Why is he being retired? Anyway, at least he's in good health. Wishing Stormy and his connections all the best. Thanks for taking good care of him.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
What a lovely horse Get Stormy is. He retires with a wonderful, stakes race filled history. He is marvelously talented and has done a great job for his connections. He now gets to go, enjoy himself, romance beautiful mares, and help create gorgeous foals. I hope he has lots of fun doing all of that. Have a happy life, Get Stormy.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to seeing Clyde's babies! Here is a horse who had a complete career, great success, and is being retired sound, just having gone a bit off form. I hope he can pass on his markings!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Owner/breeder/ and Trainer are all as classy as they come. There is no better Horseman than Tom Bush anywhere. Thanks Marty... This story is a breath of fresh air.
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
One of the handsomest horses around....has that look about him that says, yeah, I know I'm special. And he certainly has been. Hope he has a wonderful retirement and that we get to see some little "stormies" soon!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I think the connections pulled the trigger a little too early. With hiis speed and tenacity, they should try stretching out to 10 to 12 furlongs which many have done successfully as they age. Win recent years, we have Rahy's Attorney, Keertana, Brass Hat, Cloudys Knight and more.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Get Stormy is a big horse with conformation of a dirt horse. I think he will be successful at stud adding size to the typical speedy and tenacious Stormy Atlantic runners.
HorseRacingNJ More than 1 year ago
Horse racing needs more horses like this and less being retired by the end of their 3 yo season. This horse always tries hard, and glad to see him being retired after a nice career.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
heard he has been searching for a stud offer for some time,if he was one of those flashy fragile 2yos that won 2 races then retired with all manner of injuries the breeders would be knocking each other over to stand him.but he was a warrior who ran until age 6 won 11 of 31 starts and earned 1.6 mil and he had speed.therefore hes overlooked ,crazy. i know his dam was not much but his grand dam produced a slew of tough usefull runners.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Great to see a horse have a complete career and retire as a sound adult animal. Hope he's supported by the fashionable set in the breeding shed.