From the break, Storm Cell showed she had come to Aqueduct to win. Throughout the race until the top of the stretch, the 4yr. old Forest Wildcat mare prompted the pacesetter, 'Fire Key', from a perfectly situated 2nd-place strike position, setup by jockey Manny Franco. 'Storm' spun into the stretch run and immediately engaged 'Fire Key' for the lead. Those two battled it out but with 1 furlong left, 'Storm' accelerated to put an end to her nemesis' challenge. She then held safe an eager closing run by 'Three Eighty Eight' and crossed the wire a comfortable 2 lengths clear; rewarding the public who sent her off as the clear 6-5 favorite.
This win puts Storm Cell north of 100k in career earnings. Congratulations to Carlos, Storm Cell's dedicated groom - Federico "Freddy" Torres, the entire Martin Racing team and especially one of the most passionate owners in the industry, Matthew Schera.