One day after celebrating his 51st
birthday, trainer Ken McPeek sent out his prospects for the Grade 1, $1
million Travers for a work in company over the Oklahoma training track.
Breezing together, Magdalena Racing's War Dancer went four furlongs in 49.03 seconds, and Charles Fipke's Java's War went in 49.41. The works were the fourth and fifth quickest of 53 on the track Saturday morning.
Dancer, a son of War Front, is coming off a victory in the Grade 2
Virginia Derby on the grass, while Java's War exits a fourth-place
finish in the Grade 2 Swaps at Betfair Hollywood Park. Java's War won
the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in April on the Keeneland Polytrack.
worked good," McPeek said. "War Dancer worked super. Java got a little
late in the work, but, for the most part, it was a good, solid breeze.
They're going to work back next weekend. Just want to stay steady and
make sure they eat up."
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It's always gratifying when a plan comes together, and trainer Dale Romans was feeling pretty good Saturday morning after Silverette's impressive victory in Friday's $100,000 Sportech Caress.
was a good one," Romans said. "We talked about her just the other day. I
thought she would win. She worked good on the turf, and her pedigree
was screaming for turf. It was a fast race."
her grass debut after winning three of nine starts on dirt, 4-year-old
Silverette won the 5 ½-furlong Caress by a neck over Spun Cap, running
through fractions of 21.39 seconds, 43.70 and 55.19, hitting the wire in
1:01.27. The final time was just .68 seconds off the track record set
by Fiddlers Patriot in 2010.
was one [horse, Rosa Salvaje, who finished seventh] that went in front
of her, but she didn't last long," Romans said. "I've never seen those
[fractions] anywhere, period. She's a pretty special filly. It's nice
when it happens like you expect it to happen."
indicated Silverette would be pointed to the $200,000 Turf Amazon
Handicap on September 2 at Parx Racing, with an eye on the Breeders' Cup
Turf Sprint November 2 at Santa Anita.
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of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg will be at Saratoga Race Course on
Saturday, August 10, to sign his new book, "JACK, From Grit To Glory, A
Lifetime of Mentoring, Dedication and Perseverance," a biography written
by Chris Kotulak. The signing will be conducted near the paddock
beginning at 1 p.m.
book is filled with many anecdotal recollections from a variety of
horsemen and is a chronological account of the tremendous hardships and
accomplishments Van Berg, 77, faced in his career and personal life.
Berg was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in
1985 and is the son of Marion H. Van Berg, who was inducted into the
Hall of Fame in 1970. A living legend and the last of a vanishing breed
of horse trainers, Jack Van Berg is known for his gruff voice, John
Wayne-like swagger and benevolent nature.