Zilver one of four winners in the 1st Leg of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series

Zilver one of four winners in the 1st Leg of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series

Zilver looks like he’s back to defend his crown in the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series as he cruised to a victory in his division of the 1st Leg. Sent off at odds of 2/1, Zilver ($6.80) was beautifully placed up close to the pace by jockey Eliska Kubinova as they were in a great stalking spot in third going into the turn of the five furlong race. He took the lead turning for home and never looked back, pulling clear to win by a length and a half in the end. Slew The Cat was second with Fighting City Hall finishing third.

Zilver was claimed by owner James Peavy for trainer Mark Jones in a 6 way shake. Runner up Slew The Cat went to the barn of Dru Hall in a 9 way shake. Joker’s Appeal goes to the barn of trainer Sharon Balcom.

All four divisions were run at a $2,500 claiming level and with a distance of five furlongs. In the first division it was Defend Liberty ($9.40) and Leonel Camacho-Flores who went right to the front and never looked back, drawing clear to win by three and three quarters lengths over long shots Hit the Juice and Bad Boy K who ran second and third respectively. Defend Liberty was claimed off the win by owner/trainer Jim Fergason. Fourth place finisher Swiss Lightning was claimed in a 3 way shake, going to owner/trainer Nick Lowe. My Mans No Lady, who finished up in fifth as the favorite goes to the barn of trainer Mary Boyle.

Wheels of Fire caught a flier out of the gate and never looked back for jockey Javier Matias, cruising all the way to a facile three length win. Wheels of Fire battled early with Mr. Top Kat, but Wheels of Fire disposed of that rival turning for home and kept long shot Bosco’s Qwik at bay. Bosco’s Qwik finished second ahead of Buck’s Bro and Mr. Top Kat who ran third and fourth. Mr. Top Kat was the only horse claimed out of the third division, going to the barn of trainer Juanita Jones.  

The fourth and final division went to The Bien’s Gift ($32.80) who pulled off a 15/1 upset. The Bien’s Gift and Eliska Kubinova sat back off the pace and rallied into contention from fourth to take the lead in mid-stretch. The Bien’s Gift edged clear to win by two and a half lengths. Smart as Jim at 13/1 got up to finish second while 30/1 shot Twist My Kazoo ran third, completing a Trifecta that returned $1,327.70 for a $1 wager. Favored Escaping the Storm finished up fourth and was the only claim in the race, with Carol Duby winning an 8 way shake for the horse. 

Here is the point standings after the 1st Leg of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series:

The four winners all picked up 5 points: Defend Liberty, Zilver, Wheels of Fire, The Bien’s Gift.

The four runner ups all picked up 4 points: Hit the Juice, Slew the Cat, Bosco’s Qwik, Smart as Jim.

The four third place finishers get 3 points: Bad Boy K, Fighting City Hall, Buck’s Bro, Twist My Kazoo.

The fourth place finishers all get 2 points: Swiss Lightning, Ezinmotion, Mr. Top Kat, Escaping the Storm.

The fifth place finishers all get 1 point: My Mans No Lady, One Lucky Hoss, Tanner’s Event, Cool Comic.

Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series will be conducted in three weeks on Wednesday November 6th. It will consist of a $3,200 claiming level and will be run at five and one half furlongs. Here is the point system for the first two legs of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series. The top 12 point earners from the first two legs will be eligible for the $15,000 Final on November 20th. Horses must compete in both the first two legs to run in the Final.

1st Place—5 points
2nd Place—4 points
3rd Place—3 points
4th Place—2 points
5th Place—1 point