Sprint Claiming Series - Recaps - Updated with pictures

Sprint Claiming Series - Recaps - Updated with pictures

Zilver Hanging Tough on the Rail

It’s hard enough to win any horse race, but to win three in a row against tough competition is exactly what Zilver did as he swept through the two preliminary legs and took home the $20,000 Final of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series. Sent off at odds of 3/1, Zilver ($8.00) and jockey Marijo Terleski went right to the front from their inside draw. Zilver went through that opening fraction in 22.72 and was greeted at the half mile pole by Declan Downs, whom he battled with through a very taxing five and a half furlongs last time out, prevailing that night by a head. Zilver looked to sneak away a bit at the top of the lane, but Declan Downs came right back at him and once again they battled all the way to the wire, with Zilver prevailing by a neck.

“We had to really try hard tonight,” Terleski said. “He never seems to put out more than he has to, but today he really had to put it all out there. He came back pretty tired.”

Zilver was surprisingly never claimed throughout the Series and picked up $8,200 for owners Bob and Pat Cosgrove and trainer Jonathan Nance. Zilver has now won five of sixteen career starts for $29,776. Declan Downs finished in second with Kuya in third and TW Dashboardlights rounding out the superfecta in fourth.

Declan Downs was bet to favoritism in the race and jockey Mark Anderson commented about his trip.

“He seems to come away slow each time, he leans one way or the other,” said Anderson. “This horse doesn’t like to pass horses, so our goal was to atleast have a chance to be even with Zilver at the top of the stretch. I thought we had a chance, but Zilver really dug in tonight.”

Zilver completed the six furlongs in 1:13.80.

Fantasyville All Alone at the Wire

In the $20,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final it was Fantasyville and jockey Debbie Hoonan who took command at the half mile pole and steadily drew away on the turn to score. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Fantasyville ($11.00) was part of a solid early pace battle that included Hi Flyin Storm and Black N Silver through a fast opening quarter of 22.58 on a night the track was not playing towards fast times. Hoonan sent Fantasyville to the lead as the field hit the half mile pole and they edged away to a three length lead midway on the turn as Black N Silver emerged out of the pack as the lone challenger. Black N Silver and Rocco Bowen never could get close though, as Fantasyville scored by three and one quarter lengths in the end.

Fantasyville finished second behind Cascadian’s Storey in Leg 1 back on August 15th and came right back to win Leg 2 on August 29th. Despite good form coming into the series and a sharp run in the Leg 1, nobody claimed the horse off of owner Debra Larson and trainer Judith Miller.

“I was actually really surprised I didn’t lose her in either the first two legs,” said Miller. “I don’t know if people think cause she’s short and wide that she isn’t very good or what. We call her ‘pork chop’ so that tells you how she looks physically.”

Fantasyville has now won 13 of 56 career starts and has earnings of $88,445. Black N Silver finished up second, with 25/1 long shot Due South getting up for third and Go Ocho Go closing in from last to finish fourth. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:14.36.

News and Notes….Debbie Hoonan swept the first three races on the card and won the City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final to tally four winners on the card.