04/15/2011 6:17PM

Keeneland: Maker's Mark a wire-to-wire score for Get Stormy

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Get Stormy (right), with Javier Castellano up, wins the Maker's Mark

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Get Stormy and Workin for Hops were one-two under the wire the first time around Friday in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland - and the second.

With six others in futile pursuit, Get Stormy shook off Workin for Hops turning for home and sped clear to prevail by 2 3/4 lengths for his seventh stakes victory - but first in a Grade 1 - in the 23rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 turf race.

"I didn't take want to take anything away from my horse," said winning rider Javier Castellano. "I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch. I didn't want to squeeze the lemon. When I asked him, he just kept going."

Get Stormy, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Stormy Atlantic, returned $10.20 as third choice after finishing in 1:37.31 over a yielding course. New York-based Tom Bush trains Get Stormy for the Sullimar Stables of Mary Sullivan.

Workin for Hops, a 7-1 shot under Rosie Napravnik, held second by a neck over late-running Society's Chairman, the 3-1 second choice. Court Vision, the 7-5 favorite, was another head back in fourth, followed by Bim Bam, Furthest Land, Zifzaf, and Turallure.

Before an ontrack crowd of 16,461 that mostly huddled under cover on a wet, windy, chilly afternoon, Get Stormy was trying to get back to the terrific form that netted him 7 wins from 8 starts between his 3- and 4-year-old seasons. He broke a four-race losing streak with his performance.

"He's been a real wonderful horse to have in the barn," said Bush. "We thought he had it in him to win a Grade 1. We're thrilled to get it done today."

In all, Get Stormy has won 9 of 21 starts, with the $180,000 winner's share lifting his bankroll to $795,961. His prior stakes scores include the 2009 Bryan Station at Keeneland and the 2010 Fourstardave and Bernard Baruch at Saratoga.

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