05/06/2012 9:13PM

Golden Gate Fields: Stormy Lucy wins Golden Poppy in stakes, turf debut

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ALBANY, Calif. – Stormy Lucy made her stakes, route, and turf debut in the $75,000 Golden Poppy at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday and then did something familiar.

The daughter of Stormy Atlantic posed for pictures in the winner’s circle for the third straight time.

The second choice in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies made a strong move into the stretch after shifting into the clear and pulled away through the lane to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 2 1/2 lengths over pacesetting Oh Molly Brannigan. Sweet Nothings was third, another half-length back, in the race won in 1:44.31.

Stormy Lucy paid $8.20.

“She won with authority,” said winning jockey Russell Baze, who said the filly was positioned nicely in a midpack stalking position.

“She’s a sweetheart and will do whatever you ask her to do. She’s tactical, and, when I asked her to run, she took off. She has a good turn of foot.”

The filly began her career at Emerald Downs last summer. She graduated in her third career start in a $30,000 maiden claimer at Hollywood Park.

After two more Southern California races, trainer Frank Lucarelli said she was bothered by an entrapped epiglottis.

She underwent minor surgery to repair the problem in January, and Lucarelli brought her to Golden Gate Fields, where she has won all three starts.

“I was confident of her turf breeding and stretching out,” Lucarelli said. “The way she ran on turf today, we’ll have to look at some turf options.”

Oh Molly Brannigan, who had won three straight, controlled the pace, but could not answer Stormy Lucy’s challenge. However, Oh Molly Brannigan was able to hold off a challenge by Sweet Nothings through the lane.

Stormy Lucy, a $24,000 Barretts purchase last May by Frank L. Gaunt, earned $45,000 and now has career earnings of $91,045.