Another 2YO Stakes Winner for Silent Name
Hopping Not Hoping, patiently handled by Jeffrey Alderson, collared Nerve Line in the final strides to capture Saturday's $150,000 Shady Well Stakes, at Woodbine.
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Trained by Barb Minshall for owners Murray Smith, Christopher Chop and Katharin Von Gavel, the victory by Hopping Not Hoping provided the 23-year-old Alderson with his first career stakes win in the 6 1/2-furlong turf event for Ontario-bred juvenile fillies.
Hopping Not Hoping, a dark bay daughter of Silent Name, arrived at the Shady Well from a rallying length score in a six furlong maiden allowance sprint over the Woodbine main on July 22. She was making her turf debut, over a turf course rated as 'yielding', in the Shady Well and settled comfortably into third position along the rail as Nerve Line marked off splits of :24.57 and :49.79 under pressure from Reverse.
Nerve Line and Reverse continued their battle through the turn and were full of run down the lane, but Alderson angled Hopping Not Hoping off the rail and persevered to the wire to secure the ½-length win. Nerve Line stayed on for place, by a neck, over Reverse. Financial Recovery, the 6-5 mutuel favourite on debut, ran on well late to complete the superfecta. Hopping Not Hoping covered 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:20.44.
Alderson was pleased with the game effort from his filly in her stakes debut, particularly to overtake the determined duo of Nerve Line and Reverse.
"She set me up perfectly. She was running real nice and relaxed. When we came into the stretch, a nice hole opened up and she shot on through," said Alderson. "She was really seeing those two (in front of her) and she dug in hard. I love this filly."
Minshall was confident in the decision to give Hopping Not Hoping her grass debut.
"Being a Silent Name we thought she might like it. It seemed like a good opportunity and the timing was right," said Minshall. "She's a really good filly and an unbelievably good mover so we thought we'd take a shot."
The victory marked the first stakes win of the meet for Minshall, and she was delighted to share the moment with the young rider.
"I've ridden Jeff from the beginning. I think he's a good rider, an up-and-coming rider. He's won on the filly and worked her a lot. There was no reason to take him off of her," said Minshall. "I have a lot of confidence in him and I told him in the paddock he was going to win his first stakes race today. I wanted to give him all the confidence in the world and there he was."
Hopping Not Hoping, bred in Ontario by Roger Fortier, banked $90,000 in victory while improving her record to two wins from three starts.
- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com