Castellano sent C. S. Silk right to the lead and onto a 12-1 upset of the Grade
1, $400,000 Foxwoods Just a Game for fillies and mares on the Belmont Stakes
undercard Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.
It was the third victory of the
afternoon for Castellano, who piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro
through fractions of 25.24, 50.58 and 1:15.59 en route to a three-length victory
over the late-running Fantasia.
Her time for the mile was 1:40.53
over a Widener turf course rated “good.”
think the key was getting her to relax at the first quarter,” said Castellano,
who also won the first race with Seal Cover ($6.60) and the fourth with
Johannesburg Smile ($8.40). “For the first quarter of a mile, she was relaxed.
We walked with the 25-second first quarter. The rest was history. When I asked
her, it was like I pushed a button and she took off.”
Trained by Dale Romans, C. S.
Silk returned $27.20 for a $2 win bet as she improved her record to 7-5-2 with
her first Grade 1 score. The Foxwoods Just a Game was her first win in four 2011
starts, and first win in a graded stakes since she took the Grade 3
Arlington-Washington Lassie in 2008. Owned by William Pacella, Fred Barbara and
George Bonomo, C. S. Silk has now earned $776,896 from 24 lifetime starts.
turf today suited us perfectly,” said Romans. “She's from Medaglia d'Oro’s first
crop, and everybody knows what his fillies have done. She has three or four
half-brothers and sisters who are stakes horses, and it’s huge getting a Grade 1
win with her. We’ve had her since she was a yearling, and she has been a little
bit fickle where she’d throw in a bad race and then throw a good one. We just
can't give up on her. She pays you off when she's right.”
Aviate, the 3-2 favorite, finished sixth in the field of
nine fillies and mares.
ground was too much for her,” said jockey Kent Desormeaux. “It takes a special
kind of horse to enjoy the going, and I don't think she did at all. There was no
running. She was trying hard early but she gave up quick.”
Finishing a length behind
Fantasia in third was Amen Hallelujah, followed by Justaroundmidnight, Gypsy’s
Warning, Aviate, Much Rejoicing, Strike the Bell, and Cherokee Queen.