New Orleans H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

BADGE OF SILVER (DK B/ h, 118 lb) $300,000
Silver Deputy —Silveroo , by Silver Hawk
B—Trackside Farm, KY.; O—Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; T—Robert J. Frankel

Limehouse (CH h, 115 lb) $100,000
Grand Slam —Dixieland Blues , by Dixieland Band
B—Cheryl A. Curtin, FL.; O—Dogwood Stable; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Second of June (DK B/ h, 115 lb) $55,000
Louis Quatorze —Whow , by Spectacular Bid
B—E. Felcher, FL.; O—Barbara Cesare; T—William J. Cesare

Margins: 1, 5, ¾. Others: Pollard's Vision 120($30,000) , Colonial Colony 116($15,000) , Alumni Hall 116 , Wanderin Boy 115 , Musique Toujours 115 , Freefourinternet 115 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

The wins seem to get easier for Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s 5-year-old Badge of Silver, who returned to the Big Easy for a near gate-to-wire score in the March 12 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), his fourth victory in five trips at Fair Grounds.

Jerry Bailey rode the Bobby Frankel-trained son of Silver Deputy, who held off Limehouse to claim his third stakes victory. He covered the 11/8-mile distance over a fast track in 1:48.78.

It was the second stakes win of the day for both Bailey and Frankel. Bailey, who was aboard for Badge of Silver’s previous win in the Jan. 8 Hal’s Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, also won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) aboard Summerly, while Frankel captured the marquee Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with High Limit to become the first trainer to win the Louisiana Derby and New Orleans Handicap in the same season.

The Ramseys, who won the 2004 Eclipse Award for outstanding owners for their success with homebred Kitten’s Joy, winner of the Eclipse Award for best turf male, and Roses in May, an Eclipse Award finalist for older male, own and operate a 1,100-acre farm near Nicholasville, Ky. They purchased Badge of Silver for $85,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Trackside Farm, agent. He was trained for the Ramseys by Ronny Werner before being sent to Frankel last year.

Trackside Farm, Liberation Farm, and Oratis Thoroughbreds bred Badge of Silver in Kentucky from the winning Silver Hawk mare Silveroo. Trackside Farm, agent, purchased Silveroo, in foal to Unbridled’s Song, for $95,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November mixed sale. James B. Keogh, agent, consigned the mare to that sale.

Bred by Brereton C. Jones, Silveroo is out of the stakes-winning mare Hey Mama and is a full sister to stakes winner Formidable Lady. Silveroo died in 2000. Badge of Silver was the mare’s third and last foal.

Silver Deputy is the sire of 57 other stakes winners. He stands at Fred Seitz’ Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2005 fee is $40,000.—A.W.