09/17/2012 2:48PM

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

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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.