04/11/2012 2:57PM

Keeneland: Turallure makes 2012 debut vs. Get Stormy in Maker's 46 Mile

Tom Keyser
Turallure has not raced since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – You know that Get Stormy is good enough to win the Maker’s 46 Mile. After all, he won it last spring, when the Grade 1 turf race was still known as the Maker’s Mark Mile. Moreover, trainer Tom Bush said recently that he believes the now-6-year-old horse is “as good as he has ever been.”

You also suspect that Turallure is good enough to win the Maker’s 46 Mile, given the spectacular way the gray horse closed out his 2011 season, capturing the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile before getting beat a whisker in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.

What you don’t know, however, is whether Turallure – the 7-5 morning-line favorite over Get Stormy (9-5) in a field of seven set to race Friday at Keeneland – is ready to put forth his best effort after having gone unraced for more than five months. Get Stormy, 12th in the BC Mile, had the benefit of a race in February when he led throughout to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

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“That’s the big thing for us, just getting a race in him and getting started on what we hope is a big year,” said Charlie Lopresti, who trains Turallure for owner-breeder Four D Stables. “Of course we’d love to win. This is Keeneland, our home track, and it’s obviously a prestigious race. But we’ve got a lot of great hopes for him the whole year. Hopefully I’ve got him ready. He’s working great, feeling good, I know that.”

Lopresti said he is hopeful that Pressday, coming out of turf sprints at Santa Anita, will engage the dangerously speedy Get Stormy through the early stages and perhaps make things easier for Turallure, now a confirmed closer after flashing considerably more speed earlier in his career.

The two favorites drew alongside each other in the starting gate, with Get Stormy, an earner of nearly $1.5 million for the Sullimar Stable, getting post 5, and Turallure drawing post 6. Ramon Dominguez will ride Get Stormy, and Julien Leparoux will be back aboard Turallure.

Both horses are prime candidates to run back in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the top undercard event on the May 5 Kentucky Derby program. Get Stormy won that race last year, too.

Fringe players in this 24th running of the Maker’s 46 include Doubles Partner, a last-out winner of the Grade 3 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream for Todd Pletcher, and Hollinger, beaten a half-length when second to Get Stormy in the Gulfstream Park Turf.

Javier Castellano rides Doubles Partner from post 1, while Jose Lezcano has the mount on Hollinger from post 3.

Pressday (post 2), the aforementioned California shipper, is an Australian-bred who was second, then third in his only two starts since being imported to the United States. Joel Rosario has the call from John Sadler.

Rounding out the field are Big Blue Kitten (post 4, John Velazquez), winner of the Hall of Fame Stakes last summer, and Data Link (post 7, Alex Solis), a four-time winner seeking his first stakes triumph.

The Maker’s 46, named for the first new product in more than 50 years for the famed Kentucky distillery, goes as the ninth of 10 races, with post time set for 5:13 p.m. Eastern. TVG will have full live coverage. First post is 1:05.

After a cool spell here this week, the weather is supposed to warm up by Friday, with high temperatures reaching the high 60s.

Friday morning marks the ever-popular annual signing of commemorative Maker’s Mark bottles, with former football star Tim Couch doing the honors this year. Fans can begin getting in line at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Recent Maker's 46 Mile winners

Year Horse Beyer
2011 Get Stormy 99
2010 Karelian 104
2009 Mr. Sidney 101
2008 Kip Deville 105
2007 Kip Deville 106

Average winning Beyer: 103.35

Highest winning Beyer: North East Bound (2001), Miesque's Approval (2006), 108

Lowest winning Beyer: Dove Hunt (1995), 98

Maker's 46 Mile (G1), Post Time: 5:13 ET Saturday

Purse: $300,000; 1 mile (T)





ML Odds


Doubles Partner

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano



Pressday (AUS)

J. Sadler

J. Rosario




R. Attfield

J. Lezcano



Big Blue Kitten

C. Brown

J. Velazquez



Get Stormy

T. Bush

R. Dominguez




C. Lopresti

J. Leparoux



Data Link

A. Solis

C. McGaughey