Patrick Biancone says he’s always tried to train 4-year-old Silver Rock to
settle down in her races early.
He believes her
tendency to get headstrong in the initial stages of a race compromised her
going two turns.
But when trying five
furlongs for the first time last out in the $100,000 Jenny Wade Handicap at
Penn National, Biancone thinks Silver Rock’s lackadaisical beginning cost her
“We’ve always taught
her to break a step slow to settle her down early in races,” Biancone
said. “But going five furlongs, if you
break a step slow, suddenly you’re way back in the pack.”
In the Jenny Wade,
Silver Rock found herself well back before encountering serious traffic issues
around the far turn. Last by 12 lengths
at the top of the stretch, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar made up good
ground to only finish four lengths back at the finish.
In Saturday’s Candy
Éclair Stakes, Biancone wishes the experience of her last race will aid Silver
Rock into turning in a better performance.
“I really think she
should at least finish in the money,” Biancone said. “Last time was her first time going five
furlongs and that experience should really help her.”
Despite running in
two-turn races to begin her North American career for Biancone, the Irish-bred
Silver Rock is better suited for turf sprints, according to her conditioner.
“The way she
trains,” Biancone said. “She’s much
better when we train her for sprints. She’s much less aggressive and finishes
Joe Bravo will ride
Silver Rock from post position No. 2 in Saturday’s Candy Éclair.
In other news around
the Biancone barn, the trainer reported that Bernard Weill’s Grade 3 winner
Violon Sacre came out of his sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Oceanport on
Haskell Day in fine shape and will point toward a title defense in the $250,000
PTHA Presidents Cup at Parx on Sept. 17.
The Oceanport was
Violon Sacre’s first start of the year.
“He’ll head to the
race he won last year in Philly,” said Biancone, referring to the Presidents
Cup. “He came out of the race here a
little stiff, but he’s fine.”
reported that Oceanport runner-up Sayif will run next in the Grade 3
Cliffhanger on Sept. 4.
MONMOUTH HORSES LOOK TO STAY HOT IN SARATOGA GRADE 1’S
This Saturday at Saratoga, locally-stabled Teaks North,
winner of this year’s United Nations (G1), will look to continue the streak of
Monmouth Park-based horses capturing Grade 1 events at the Spa.
The Justin Sallusto-trained 4-year-old is one of
the headliners of Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, looking to
become the third Oceanport-based horse to win a Saratoga Grade 1 event in as
Last Sunday, Sean Avery – winner of this year’s Longfellow
at Monmouth Park – and jockey Joe Bravo captured the Grade 1 Alfred G.
On July 31, Ask the Moon, who was sent to Monmouth Park a
month earlier by trainer Martin Wolfson, captured Saratoga’s Grade 1 Ruffian
The newly-minted Grade 1 winning 6-year-old, who has run 12
times at Monmouth Park throughout her career including a third-place finish
behind Rachel Alexandra in last year’s Lady’s Secret, will be nominated to
Monmouth’s Grade 2 Molly Pitcher on Sept. 28.
“Marty is definitely considering the Molly Pitcher,” said
Wolfson’s assistant trainer Heather Irion.
“She’ll be nominated to the race and we’ll just have to see what he
decides to do.”