14 Juvenile Winners for Silent Name in 2016
The Silent Name filly Somewhere Outthere went right to the lead and was never seriously threatened......
On Sunday November 27, Silent Name was represented by his 14th juvenile winner of 2016 when Confidentiality won a Maiden Special at Woodbine. The gelding lead two other Silent Name juveniles home with Silent Jimmie finishing a neck back in second and Gordie Mac completing the triactor.
Confidentiality races in the Kinghaven Farm and is trained by Ian Black. She finished second in her debut.
Just eight days earlier at Woodbine, Silent Flash dominated another 5 furlong Maiden Special by 3 1/2 lengths. Michael Doyle trains the juvenile colt for owner/breeder C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable Ltd. Silent Flash has already earned blacktype with a placing in the Frost King S. in his second start on June 26.
Silent Name is the dominant two-year-old sire in Canada this year with $763,566 in progeny earnings, over a half-million dollars in front of the next stallion. His 14 winners also put him ahead of such North American heavyweights as Uncle Mo, City Zip, Distorted Humor, More Than Ready, Elusive Quality and Scat Daddy.
Among Silent Name's other juvenile winners are a trio of stakes winners in Cindervella, Hopping Not Hoping and Lookinforpursemonee, winner of the both the Victoria Stakes and the Simcoe Stakes.
Silent Name will stand for a $7,500 CAN fee in 2017.
Ghostzapper's Unbeaten McCraken a '17 Derby Fave with Ky. Jockey Club (G2) Triumph
As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the......
As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the colt’s owner and breeder, Janis Whitham, began to weep.
Watching with family and friends in the Winner’s Circle Suites on the ground level of Churchill Downs, Whitham surely realized this is the best Kentucky Derby prospect she has had since her husband, Frank, died in a 1993 plane crash.
“Yes, it is emotional,” said Whitham, 84, before making the short walk to the winner’s circle.
Living up to his 4-5 favoritism, McCraken, a son of Ghostzapper, remained undefeated in three career starts by reeling in a gritty Wild Shot for a 1 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 90th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 KJC under the Churchill lights. The colt earned 10 eligibility points toward the 143rd Kentucky Derby next May but, more importantly, stamped himself as a genuine contender.
"He's as good as what I thought he is," Wilkes said of McCraken's win. "He needed that race tonight, he needed a little test. He had to run tonight, they didn't hand it to him. It wasn't easy but he came through for us. He had to belly down and run, so that was good.
Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., McCraken broke cleanly from post 11 in the 1 1/16-mile race, settling into ninth while kept in the clear. Gaining momentum leaving the half-mile pole, he circled the field while picking off rivals, and passing the eighth pole, he only had Wild Shot to beat.
“A horse like this makes it easy,” said Hernandez. “He’s a boy, but he’s growing up, and he’s getting it all together. He was a lot more settled today, and in his last race he hadn’t run in a while, but today he did everything the right way.”
"Brian positioned him well and I was very pleased where he was sitting," Wilkes added. "His mind and his turn of foot are two of the key things for him. The hype around him all week has just been tremendous. So I just want to enjoy this and then we'll map out a plan."
Wild Shot, the 4-1 second choice under Corey Lanerie, was always close to early leader Uncontested, overtaking him easily before settling for second, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Warrior’s Club. Wild Shot was coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity behind Classic Empire, the eventual winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Out of the Seeking the Gold mare Ivory Empress, McCraken improved his career earnings to $190,848. He finished the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.15 over a fast track. His two prior wins, both at Churchill, came in an Oct. 2 maiden race at six furlongs and the Oct. 30 Street Sense at a one-turn mile.
McCraken is named for a small town in western Kansas, near where the Whitham family lives. Together, Frank and Janis Whitham raced such all-time greats as Bayakoa and Paseana. Some of their descendants were on hand Saturday for the race.
-edited from www.drf.com & www.bloodhorse.com, photo by Coady