Karen Keen’s 2-year-old filly Silk Ridge moved one step closer to a sweep of the FSS at Calder after winning the $150,000 Susan’s Girl Division on the Juvenile Showcase program.
Trained by Gordon Potter and ridden by Manuel Aguilar, Silk Ridge won the first leg of the series, the Desert Vixen in her last start Aug. 11.
This time around, she tracked the pace in the seven-furlong event, seized control at the quarter pole, and opened up with an eighth of a mile to go to win by 8 3/4 lengths over Calico Bay. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to Bond Princess in third, mirroring the finish of the Desert Vixen.
Silk Ridge covered the seven panels in 1:24.61 and, surprisingly, paid $16.60, $8.40 and $4.40 as the fifth choice in the field of nine. Calico Bay returned $6 and $3.20 and Bond Princess paid $2.80 to show.
Silk Ridge was a $5,200 Ocala August yearling buy. Nikki and Roger Schick bred the bay filly. She now has three wins in five starts with one second and earnings of $176,740.
J D Farm’s homebred colt Wise Answer won the $150,000 Affirmed Division of the FSS in front-running fashion by 6 3/4 lengths.
Trained by David Brownlee and ridden by Ray Fuentes, Wise Answer soundly defeated Hey Byrn in the seven-furlong contest. It was another six lengths back to Dynhocracy in third.
Wise Answer was previously second in the Dr. Fager division of the series three weeks ago, a race won by Big City Man. The latter was sold privately on Thursday and scratched out of the Affirmed Division.
After breaking eighth, Wise Answer sprinted to a clear early advantage in the race and extended his edge through the homestretch to win in a good time of 1:24.17. Sent off as the favorite, Wise Answer paid $5.80, $3.00 and $2.40. Hey Byrn paid $3.60 and $2.40, while Dynhocracy returned $2.80 to show.
Wise Answer earned $90,000 for his second win in four starts. The bay colt by Wised Up, who also has two seconds, has banked $134,300.