Silentio Shows Style with Sir Beaufort Win
Silentio, a lightly-raced son of Japanese-bred stallion Silent Name , registered victory in his stakes debut Dec. 26 in the $150,750 Sir Beaufort (gr. IIT) (VIDEO) on the turf at Santa Anita Park on opening day of the winter meet.
"He really liked the turf today," Bejarano said. "In his last race he broke from post one and he was kind of waiting a little bit. He still ran a good race, but the way he ran today he was clear from the outside and it was much better for him. He was more relaxed in the race so that's why he gave me a good turn of foot in the stretch."
Woodford Racing's Battle Force, the slight favorite at 3-1 odds over Silentio and Big Bane Theory, saved ground into the stretch and put in a willing effort from fifth at the furlong mark for jockey Mike Smith and trainer John Shirreffs.
"He ran too good to lose," Smith said of the favorite. "I really have to applaud the winner because he beat me today, but they both ran winning races. I think it will be to our advantage as soon as we get to go a little further."
Press Baron, stalking for Victor Espinoza, rallied in deep stretch from between horses but came up sjort.
"There's no secret," said Mandella. "He's a good horse. The secret is to have a good horse and that's what this is. The only thing I'll take credit for is we gave him a lot of time for his injury as a 2-year-old. He won last year here and came out of a race with activity in his tibia that would have turned into fractures. But the bigger thing was he had some cysts in his hocks. (They were) dug out surgically and we gave him a lot of time to get over it.
Mandella said he wanted to run Silentio in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) one month ago but was forced to miss the race when the colt came down with a throat infection.
The Sir Beaufort was the fifth stakes win of the year for Mandella, son of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
"I don't know if I've ever won five stakes in the same year," he said. "We're pretty proud of that and I'm very proud of my staff. To have a barn of 16 horses and win five stakes races on the year is a very nice feeling here at the end of the year."
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