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10.18.2020

Silent Name's Silent Poet Authors Emotional Nearctic S. (G2) Victory

Silent Poet, under Justin Stein, delivered an emotional victory for trainer Nick Gonzalez in......

Silent Poet, under Justin Stein, delivered an emotional victory for trainer Nick Gonzalez in Sunday’s $290,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine.

Gonzalez, whose wife, assistant trainer Martha Gonzalez, recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, watched Silent Poet, bred and owned by Stronach Stables, put on a show over six furlongs on a ‘good’ E.P. Taylor Turf Course.



It was Silent Poet who was ushered immediately to the front by Stein in the Nearctic, the five-year-old son of Silent Name (JPN) engaged quickly by last year’s winner City Boy.

The front-running pair took the field of eight through an opening quarter-mile carved out in :23.65. Blind Ambition, in third, and Kanthaka, in fourth, tracked the pacesetting duo.

Silent Poet and City Boy continued their front-end battle through a half-mile clip timed in :46.16. The two continued to go head-to-head around the final turn as their rivals endeavored to keep them in their sights.

As the field straightened for home, it became a two-horse race for all the spoils with Silent Poet to the inside and City Boy to the outside, both digging in for the final push to the wire.

After almost every step of the 1,320 yards run, Silent Poet came out on top a half-length winner in a time of 1:08.57. City Boy finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Kanthaka, who fended off Olympic Runner by a neck for third.

In the last strides, announcer Robert Geller exclaimed, ‘This one’s for you, Martha.’

“It has a lot of meaning,” said Stein, who is enjoying a fruitful 2020 season. “People watching on the outside might not understand, but the family here, the community at Woodbine, I’m sure they were cheering big for this horse for reasons that we all know.”
Stein, who has eclipsed the 100-win mark on the campaign, knew just what to expect from Silent Poet at the beginning of the Nearctic and at the end.

“He just leaves the gate so quick. He hits his stride right away. With a horse like that you get position and just slow him down, save as much horse as you can, and he does the rest. He loves his job, and when you ask him to run, he just gives you everything. He tows you down the lane.”

The win was the fourth from five starts in 2020 for the ultra-consistent dark bay, who now sports a record of 10-4-2 from 18 career starts.

Silent Poet now has three graded titles to his name having won this year’s Connaught Cup (G2T) and the 2019 running of the Play the King (G2T).

- edited from www.woodbine.com

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10.10.2020

2YO Master Spy Continues Silent Name's October Hot Streak

Master Spy seized the lead in the 84th running of the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes and never......

Master Spy seized the lead in the 84th running of the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes and never looked back to secure his first stakes triumph on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

The popular Mark Casse trainee led the field of nine gate-to-wire over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course in the 1-1/16-mile feature showcasing Canadian-bred two-year-olds.

Bred in Ontario by Bernard and Karen McCormack, the Silent Name-Smart Catomine colt was a $72,000 yearling sale purchase from the 2019 Keeneland September sale and now boasts more than $200,000 in purse earnings.  



Jockey Patrick Husbands put Master Spy on top warding off early inside pressure from second choice Credit River and setting fractions of :24 to the quarter, :48.11 to the half-mile mark and 1:12.71 to three-quarters over firm turf. Turning for home, Master Spy kept clear as Threefiftyseven launched an all-out charge in second and opened up 3-1/4 lengths down the stretch to score in 1:42.67. Giant Waters edged out Beyond My Dreams for third.

“The riders saw the first two races run on the turf today that the winners came from behind so I was telling myself, I hope the [other] riders stick with that plan and I can get an easy lead,” said Husbands after his astute front-end strategy landed him and the rising star in the winner’s circle.

“It’s amazing to see that every time I leave the gate, he was relaxed. He was never rank at all. It showed me that if anybody won’t leave today, I didn’t mind.”

Fresh off a maiden-breaking victory last month over one mile when making his E.P. Taylor turf debut, Master Spy was sent postward as the 5-2 bettors’ choice here and paid $7.30 to win.

Now two-for-four in his career, the dark bay colt, who was a runner-up in the Victoria Stakes on August 2, earned his first added-money score for owner Tracy Farmer.

He is a half-brother to 2017 Prince of Wales Stakes champion Cool Catomine and Wild Catomine, who defeated 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou in the Fury Stakes.

Just last weekend Silent Name was represented by first-time stakes winner Not So Quiet who conquered all in the 5-furlong Vice Regent S. at Woodbine and by No Word, runner up in the Belmont Derby Inv. (G1) in New York. Two-time champion sire Silent Name is once again the #1 general sire in Canada and the nation's leading juvenile sire.

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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