Neptune's Storm wins duel in $400,000 Hill Prince S. (G2)
RSS Feeds Thursday, October 10, 2019
Neptune's Storm, a two-time listed winner this summer at Santa Anita, got his first graded stakes win on Oct. 5 at Belmont Park when the 3-year-old overtook A Thread of Blue in deep stretch to win the $400,000 Hill Prince S. (G2) by three-quarters of a length.

The son of Stormy Atlantic is owned by John Rochfort et al, who purchased him for $130,000 from the Eddie Woods consignment in the 2018 OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training.

Neptune's Storm was keen from the outset of the 1 1/8-mile Hill Prince, never more than a length off the pace set by A Thread of Blue. After a half-mile in a tepid :50.92, Neptune's Storm began to edge closer and was near even terms at the top of the stretch, but A Thread of Blue opened the margin again, and it wasn't until the final sixteenth that the winner surged past to secure the victory.

"I was just a passenger today, said winning jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. "He put himself in a position that he wanted. That horse is so classy and he knows how to win. He did everything by himself, to be honest. Turning for home, I knew I had plenty of horse and I knew I just had to wait. He gave me a nice, strong kick and finish to get home." 

Neptune's Storm is 5-2-3 in 12 starts and has earned $529,585. Bred by Tracy Farmer, he is the first foal out of Immortal Life (IRE), a sister to graded stakes winners Stay Alive and Gimmy.