A Silent Name Exactor in Frost King Stakes

11.18.2017 -

In a battle between two Silent Name juveniles, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (pictured inside, yellow silks) held off Stronach Stables' Silent Sting to win the $125,000 Frost King Stakes for Ontario-sired two-year-olds on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Jockey Rafael Hernandez worked out the winning trip aboard the 9-5 favourite for trainer Robert Tiller, who earned his 11th stakes victory of the season – second-most at the Woodbine meet. A winner of the Clarendon Stakes this summer, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet now accounts for two of those wins.

Breaking well from the outer post nine, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet stalked outside mid-pack with Silent Sting tracking him before those two sprang into action turning for home in the seven-furlong sprint. Inge had led the field through fractions of :23.32 and :46.61 with Beer Pressure (also by Silent Name) pressing the pace and taking over command at the top of the stretch. However, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet struck in the stretch, rallying four-wide outside of Smooth Talk, and then held off the oncoming Silent Sting by a head for the victory in 1:23.28. The Giant Gizmo son Royal Laser, bumped at the start, closed from last to show, finishing just ahead of Beer Pressure.

“Robert and I were talking about it before the race. We liked the post position and that helped us a lot,” said Hernandez, who was paired up with Be Vewy Vewy Quiet for the first time in the gelding’s five career starts. “That was one of the reasons we won the race. The horse set up perfect today. He relaxed good and he made his run down the lane. He showed up today.”

Both Hernandez and Tiller agreed the homebred youngster could go two turns in the future.

“Absolutely...I always thought that he’s a horse that would stretch out and he proved it today going seven-eighths,” said Tiller. “I think the mare throws distance horses so I really think he’ll go long. He’s got heart. He got beat a couple of close races, they were short races and a few excuses, but he’s run hard every time.”

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet now boasts three wins along with a pair of stakes-placings, defeated less than a length in both the Colin and Bull Page, for more than $200,000 in earnings for owners Frank Di Giulio Jr., Anthony D'Onofrio and J. Peri.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns
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