The connections of Stormy Liberal have relegated his recent runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita to history and have turned their attention towards Dubai. The 7yo gelded son of Stormy Atlantic is being aimed at the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup day a race in which he finished second behind Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby-trained Jungle Cat last year. And joint owners Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen say they could not be bothered by what happened on New Year’s Day when he placed a length and a quarter behind Caribou Club in the Grade 1 Joe Hernandez 1300m contest, where he looked good to score before the 12 time winner was upstaged in the final stages.
Stormy Liberal was second by half a length in the 2018 Al Quoz and connections declared him fit and on schedule to race in the Al Quoz on 30 March. Speaking of the journey he is to make to Dubai in the coming weeks, Brian Trump, co-owner of Rockingham Ranch and manager of said ownership, said: “All systems go. “He’s definitely being pointed to Dubai. There are not many Grade One turf sprints here in the US and he has shown us that he belongs with the top turf sprinters in the world. We will take it one prep at a time, but ‘Stormy’ wants the Al Quoz Sprint title.” Trump added: “The Joe Hernandez was by no means a ‘must win’ for him. The race came up very difficult and the downhill course at Santa Anita always offers a different aspect to the race.” Stormy Liberal is one of three nominees in the Champion American Turf Horse category at the Eclipse Award on 24 January.