Metropolitan H. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Old Trieste Ridden in Thestars , by Cormorant
BJohn Mulholland, KY.; OBuckram Oak Farm; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
(DK B/ h,
Charismatic Clever But Costly , by Clever Trick
BJames D. Conway, KY.; OTracy Farmer; TNicholas P. Zito
(DK B/ h,
Touch Gold Sultry Allure , by Forty Niner
BLive Oak Stud, KY.; OWest, Gary and Mary; TRobert J. Frankel
Silver Train, best known for winning last year’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park, added another grade I score at Belmont Park to his resume when he captured the May 29 Metropolitan Handicap. Both wins came by a head.
Silver Train was bred by Joe Mulholland Sr. and sons Joe Jr. and John. The elder Mulholland owns a half-interest in Silver Train’s dam, Ridden in Thestars, and each brother owns a quarter-interest. Mulholland Farm is located near Georgetown, Ky.
Mulholland Farm consigned Silver Train to the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, where he was bought by Buckram Oak Farm. Buckram Oak was owned at the time by Mahmoud Fustok, who died this February. Silver Train races for Fustok’s family in the Buckram Oak name. Fustok raced more than 40 stakes winners and was the breeder of upwards of 30 added-money winners.
The Met Mile victory ended a two race losing streak for Silver Train. The son of Old Trieste might run next in the July 1 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at 11/4 miles at Belmont. The last horse to win both races was In Excess in 1991.
Silver Train has done his best running at Belmont. Last year, he also won the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) by five lengths and romped home by 63/4 lengths in a 1:07.67 allowance score at six furlongs.
The Mulholland family has bred such earlier graded stakes winners as Jamies First Punch, Natural Selection, and Shamrock City. The first two were grade II winners.
Ridden in Thestars won five races, earned $178,998, and was restricted stakes-placed in New York. The Mulhollands bought her for $90,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Nursery Place, agent. She was in foal to Cryptoclearance and produced a filly the following year. Ridden in Thestars produced a Johannesburg filly this year and is in foal to Giant’s Causeway.
Deceased Old Trieste is represented by nine stakes winners, including additional 2006 added-money winners Sinister Minister (gr. I), Mr. Trieste, and Sandra’s Rose. Old Trieste stood his three seasons at stud at Jonabell Farm near Lexington. He died prior to the 2003 breeding season.—D.S.