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Breeders' Cup 2017

Silentio Tries Hollywood Turf in Citation

A close third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 2, Silentio will make his Betfair Hollywood Park debut in the $250,000 Citation Handicap Friday.

Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the grass, the Grade II kicks off the three-day Turf Festival.

The annual Festival features five graded stakes, headlined by two Grade I events Sunday – the $250,000 Matriarch for fillies and mares at one mile and the Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles.

The Citation is the seventh of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Gary Mandella, Silentio, who was dismissed at 31-1, was only beaten 1 ½ lengths by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the BC Mile.

A 4-year-old son of Silent Name and the A.P. Indy mare Listen, Silentio has won three of nine and earned $476,960. He’s been worse than third once in six appearances in graded races, including a victory in the Grade II Sir Beaufort last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

He Be Fire N Ice finished eighth in the Mile, ending a streak of five races in which the gray had finished first or second for Cicero Farms and trainer John Sadler.

A California bred son of Unusual Heat and the Deputy Command mare Deputy Tombe, He Be Fire N Ice has won five of 15 and earned $332,330. He’s won twice in three starts over the BHP turf.

Summer Front will be making his second start in a Turf Festival race, having finished sixth in last year’s Hollywood Derby.

Owned by Waterford Stable and trained by Christophe Clement, who won the 2000 Citation with Charge d’Affaires, Summer Front has won seven of 14 and banked $534,140.

A son of War Front and the El Prado mare Rose of Summer, the 4-year-old has won twice in four starts in 2013. Both victories were in Grade III races – the Miami Mile Handicap April 20 at Calder and the Cliff Hanger Aug. 25 at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Jorge Gutierrez for Marjorie Dye and co-breeder Alex Venneri’s Venneri Racing, Inc., Bright Thought finished last in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in his first race in nearly eight months.

The 4-year-old Hat Trick ridgling out of the Smart Strike mare Smart Thought  won three consecutive races at Santa Anita prior to the layoff, including a world record setting performance in the San Luis Rey Stakes March 16.

Bright Thought, who has won four of eight and earned $164,500, completed the 1 ½ miles on turf in 2:22.72 in the Grade II to establish the record.

Owned by William Marks, Bio Pro will be making his graded debut for trainer Howard Zucker after an easy win in the restricted Lure Stakes Oct. 27 at Santa Anita.

The victory by 3 ¼ lengths was the third in four starts since June 16 for the 5-year-old War Front gelding.

Out of the Repriced mare Capital Request, Bio Pro, who broke his maiden against $20,000 claimers Jan. 13, has won four of 15 and earned $159,690.

Like Summer Front, Big Bane Theory was an also-ran in the 2012 Hollywood Derby, finishing ninth, a little more than eight lengths behind winner Unbridled Command.

Trained by Carla Gaines, the 4-year-old Artie Schiller colt, who was bred in California by owners Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, has three wins in eight races. Out of the Alysheba mare Shebane, Big Bane Theory has earned $171,640.

My Best Brother returns to the scene of the first two victories of his career for owner-breeders Bill Currin and Al Eisman and trainer Julio Canani, who won the 2008 Citation with Hyperbaric.

The 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic and the Carson City mare Wilshewed defeated maidens by 2 ½ lengths going six furlongs May 27 before stretching to a mile and winning an optional claimer by one length June 28.

Second in the Lure, My Best Brother has won four of 12 and banked $361,340.

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale will be represented by Winning Prize, a 4-year-old Argentine bred son of Pure Prize and the You and I mare Winning Ways.

Owned by Jose Nelson and David Heerensperger, Winning Prize finished fourth of 10 in his last start in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile – which was run over Polytrack due to inclement weather - Oct. 5 at Keeneland.

A three-time Group I winner in his native country, Winning Prize won an optional claimer by four lengths in his U.S. debut Aug. 22 on the turf at Del Mar. He’s 6-for-10 lifetime with earnings of $250,840.

From inside out, the field for the 36th Citation Handicap: My Best Brother, Martin Garcia rides, 116 pounds; Summer Front, Joe Bravo, 118; He Be Fire N Ice, Victor Espinoza, 118; Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 115; Bio Pro, Mario Gutierrez, 115; Bright Thought, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Silentio, Rafael Bejarano,, 119 and Winning Prize,  Corey Nakatani, 119.



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