By Dick Downey
Storming Inti may return in the Palm Beach Stakes on March 1. For his trainer, it's just a matter of gauging his energy level.
Storming Inti was a hard-fought winner of the Kitten’s Joy on Jan. 19 after a stretch duel with We Miss Artie. Storming Inti ran his win streak to four races, including three stakes, in the Kitten’s Joy.
“He’s doing really well,” trainer Chad Brown said. “The Kitten’s Joy, he really fought hard in the stretch and I thought he was tired after the race. I’m just letting him recharge his batteries and get into a nice rhythm of breezing. I’m not sure if I’ll make the Palm Beach or not with the horse, but it’s a possibility."
“I was really pleased with his performance. It’s a long year, so that’s why I haven’t made the Palm Beach a definite start. If I feel he’s up to it by the time that race comes, then he’ll run. If he needs more time, we’ll just focus on other things,” Brown concluded.
Coup de Grace Still Off Derby Trail?
Brown said no decision has been made on the next start for Coup de Grace, who suffered a bad loss when 10th in the Holy Bull on Jan. 25. After the race, owner Rick Porter said via his website that was taking Coup de Grace off the Kentucky Derby Trail. The colt returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :48.90 on Feb. 9.
“He breezed well, but we’re not sure what we’re going to do with him yet,” Brown said. “The Holy Bull wasn’t a good gauge for us with how the horse will handle two turns. He didn’t break well, and then he rushed up there and got a little rank, and was going a little fast on the front.
"The whole race unfolded exactly the way we didn’t want, so we’re just going to draw a line through that and go from there. Where we’ll run him and at what level, we’re not sure yet. We’re going to give him a nice rhythm of breezing back and then pick a spot.”