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Breeders' Cup 2017

Uptowncharlybrown Entered at Monmouth

Friday’s feature at Monmouth Park would have come up one tough event with just the likes of the classy Who’s the Cowboy, the speedy Silent Appeal and the streaking Framed.  But the entries didn’t stop there.  Drawing the outside post six in the $46,000 allowance/optional claiming event is the highly-regarded Uptowncharlybrown, who will be making just his second start since crossing the wire fifth in last year’s Belmont Stakes.

 

“It’s a real tough race,” said Gregg Sacco, who will saddle Silent Appeal in the one-mile dirt test.  “My horse is doing real well.  Other than throwing a shoe at the break on Jersey-bred Day, he’s been unbelievable.”

 

After breaking his maiden on July 16 this year, Silent Appeal was third in an allowance event, both those races at six furlongs.  On Aug. 20, the colt by Hook and Ladder was sent two turns and he responded with a resounding 10-length victory.  Then came the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival on Sept. 17.

 

“Quite frankly, we expected him to win that day,” Sacco said.  “He blew his right front shoe, but still managed to run okay (sixth, beaten less than four lengths).”

 

Silent Appeal returned three weeks later and once again dominated his rivals, posting a 5 ¾-length win on Oct. 9.

 

“He’s fast,” Sacco said.  “We’ll just send him to the front and see how he does against this group.  If he runs well here, we’ll point for the Zia Park Derby on Dec. 3 ($150,000).  It’s one last shot to run against straight 3-year-olds.”

 

 

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