By Jill Williams
Stormy Liberal is one of a select number of Breeders' Cup winners to repeat the feat. Always dead game, the former claimer's final half-dozen career victories had connections and fans regularly holding their collective breaths as his biggest margin was just a neck. The tough and classy veteran raced on three continents, earned an Eclipse as champion turf male in 2018, and retired to Old Friends after his 2019 season.
“When owner David Bernsen retired Stormy to us, I was thrilled,” said Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends. “The two-time Breeders' Cup winner arrived with a fan following and his owner's love. And earned the respect of everyone at Old Friends who adore him and his best friend, Patch.”
Stormy Liberal (2012 bay gelding, Stormy Atlantic–Vassar, by Royal Academy)
Lifetime record: Ch. turf male, MGISW-U.S., MG1SP-UAE, 37-12-10-4, $2,212,580
Breeders' Cup connections: B-Dapple Bloodstock & Gryphon Investments LLC (KY); O-Rockingham Ranch (2017)/Rockingham Ranch & David A. Bernsen LLC (2018); T-Peter Miller; J-Joel Rosario (2017)/Drayden Van Dyke (2018).
Current location: Old Friends, Georgetown, Ky.