Hal's Hope H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

BADGE OF SILVER (DK B/ h, 115 lb) $60,000
Silver Deputy —Silveroo , by Silver Hawk
B—Trackside Farm, KY.; O—Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; T—Robert J. Frankel

Dynever (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $20,000
Dynaformer —Flamboyance , by Zilzal
B—Catherine Wills, KY.; O—Buckram Oak Farm; T—Christophe Clement

Contante (ARG) (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $11,000
Interprete (ARG) —Consociada (ARG) , by Cipayo (ARG)
B—Haras Abolengo, ARG.; O—Cobra Farm and Castletop Stable; T—Stanley M. Hough

Margins: neck, 1¼, 4¾. Others: Added Edge 116($6,000) , Collateral Damage 114($3,000) , Purge 116 , Commentator 115 , Alleged Ruler 113 , The Judge Sez Who 116 , Country Judge 113 , Wake At Noon 114 , Smooth Lover 114 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Coming off a runner-up effort behind Lion Tamer in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 27, Badge of Silver stepped up to claim his first stakes victory in almost two years in the Jan. 8 Hal’s Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Bobby Frankel conditions the 5-year-old son of Silver Deputy for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who transferred the winner to Frankel after a fifth-place showing in the General George Handicap (gr. II) in February 2004. The horse had previously been with trainer Ronny Werner.

Jockey Jerry Bailey, who was also aboard for the horse’s Cigar Mile effort, guided Badge of Silver to a neck win over Dynever. The pair covered the 11/8-mile distance in 1:48.57.

Most remember Badge of Silver for his standout performance in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds in February 2003 in which he claimed victory by an impressive 10 lengths. But after finishing sixth (and placed fifth) in the 2003 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his next start, he was laid off nine months due to foot and leg injuries. The Hal’s Hope was only his sixth start since the Risen Star. Ramsey Farm manager Mark Partridge said the horse has recovered well.

“He’s a bit of an aggressive horse,” Partridge said. “He doesn’t like to lose.”

The Ramseys purchased Badge of Silver for $85,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Trackside Farm, agent. Badge of Silver was among a group of about 10 yearlings Werner selected from that sale for the Ramseys and then sent to Texas for training. Adopted Daughter, a daughter of Elusive Quality who is now a two-time stakes winner for the couple, was also among that group.

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. Badge of Silver was Silveroo’s third and last foal. Her Unbridled’s Song foal, the gelding Western Legacy, is a winner of $40,907. Silveroo died in 2000.

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.