‘STORM’ing Home a Maiden Winner: Color Cam at Parx
One of the most exciting things at ThoroEdge I have come across over the past several years is a nutritional supplement out of the UK called STORM. More info on this blog at http://www.thoroedge.wordpress.com/storm.
Recently, one of my clients was generous enough to allow me to publicize his latest success story at Parx outside of Philadelphia. The video link to the race is above.
Color Cam is a 3yo maiden with 5 races to his name, having previously been trained by Nick Zito. In his debut he ran third to a promising Mark Valeski, and in his next start he was soundly beaten by rising star El Padrino. Since then, despite a few class drops – he had yet to find the winner’s circle, and had never displayed any type of closing kick.
I’ll leave the rest to owner Jeremiah Kane:
“I started my 3 y.o. colt (Color Cam) on STORM after I purchased him in early January 2012. He’s been on the program about seven weeks now and his stamina and physical development have improved markedly.
Our first breeze at Palm Meadows was below average (0.51, 4F) and Ben Perkins (trainer) commented that he looked “short”. I purchased STORM and we started him on the supplement when we shipped north to PARX race course; recently I have tracked him routinely galloping about “2:10-2:20 miles” without exertion. His last breeze at 48.33 (4F) did not tax him a little bit and we went 6.5F on Sunday in a Mdn 25K race (4th race 3/25/12 at Parx). His burst of speed at the sixteenth pole was truly amazing where he overcame 3 lengths and won by 4 “going away”.
STORM will be a foundation of supplementation for my thoroughbreds in training. Thank you for your insights and products for thoroughbreds and keep up the great work.”
Here’s my take on the race featured above:
-After a less than ideal break, Color Cam settles in with the second group of horses – a good dozen lengths off the leader.
-By the time the quarter mile split is posted, he is no longer visible to the camera.
-We next see him coming out of the final turn in 5th place a few paths outside the rail.
-Into the stretch run, as the horses running in the 4 spots in front of him are all slowing down equally, Color Cam is the only one to make a move to improve his position.
-He starts his kick at the sixteenth pole, and proceeds to make up several lengths in just a handful of strides to win going away at the 6.5F distance.
STORM’s primary ingredient is beta-alanine, an amino acid that converts to carnosine in your horse’s muscles. During high intensity work, as lactic acid builds up and fatigue is imminent, carnosine acts as a buffer to the hydrogen ions flooding the bloodstream, delaying the onset of fatigue.
Most of us remember the days of the ‘milkshake’ which promised similar buffering capabilities, but is now illegal and was quite unpleasant for the horse to experience when dosing. STORM is simply added to the feed 2x per day and is highly palatable, not too mention 100% natural and legal. Amino acids such as beta-alanine are merely the building blocks of protein.
In over 3 years of blogging, I’ve only touted a specific product 2 times; the other was Niagara Equissage: http://www.thoroedge.wordpress.com/equissage. However, when the science behind a product is sound, and my personal experiences are so profound – I like to spread the word.
In the interest of full disclosure; I am unaffiliated with the Niagara Equissage team, but I do market and sell the STORM product.
A Bullet at Belmont-
Another of Mr. Kane’s racing stock has been on STORM for several weeks now and just posted his first work of the 2012 season: 3F in 35.86 – the fastest of 15 at the distance this morning by over a half a second!
Look for Farmer Jones to return to racing this Spring – he’s a router and not one to breeze so quickly (before STORM that is.)
Another Bullet at Belmont-
Farmer Jones again works fastest; this time at 4F versus 37 others:
Again, this is not a historically fast worker, and his trainer/jock is certainly not urging him past the norm, he just seems to be much fitter than he was pre-STORM at this stage of his conditioning.