2nd at 5WOODFORD S.
(gr. IIIT , 5.5f , to Silver Timber, defeating Goldzar, Fort Prado, Bullet From Abroad, Due Date, Luck Money (IRE), Forest Tour ).
Michael DubbÕs Silver Timber sat just off a swift early pace, then accelerated past leader Mr. Nightlinger in mid-stretch to score a 11Ú4-length victory Oct. 10 in the $125,000 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland.
Sent off as the slight favorite in the field of eight, the 6-year-old gelding won for the fourth time in five starts this season for trainer Chad Brown. His only loss so far this year was a second-place finish to Cannonball in the Sept. 6 Commentator Stakes at Saratoga.
Brown claimed Silver Timber for $25,000 for Dubb in April at Gulfstream Park. After a win at Belmont Park in allowance/optional claiming company, Brown moved the gelding up to graded stakes company, entering Silver Timber in the Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) in July. Brown, who served as an assistant to Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, was rewarded for his faith in his charge, as Silver Timber captured the Jaipur by 11Ú2 lengths.
ÒA lot of credit goes to Mike Dubb,Ó Brown said after the Woodford. ÒHeÕd been following the horse and asked me to go look at him that day, so we (claimed) him.Ó
Bred in New York by Sez Who Thoroughbreds, Silver Timber sold for $110,000 at the 2005 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs April 2-year-old sale.
Silver Timber is one of three winners from as many starters out of the winning Alwuhush mare, River Princess. River Princess was a durable, hard-knocking mare, making 49 startsÑwinning sevenÑover a six-year racing career.
River Princess is out of Spanish Play, a stakes winner who won $361,319 in 22 starts. Among her stakes wins were the George C. Hendrie Handicap and the Ontario Matron Handicap, which she won twice. She was also second in three stakes.
Spanish Play also produced Spanish Decree, a daughter of War Deputy who was a multiple stakes winner in Canada. The filly won five stakes races and was placed in the George C. Hendrie Handicap (Can-III).
River Princess has an unraced 2-year-old colt, Bourbon Bandit (by Congaree), and a weanling colt by Bandini. She is in foal to E Dubai for 2010.
Prime Timber, a son of Sultry Song, is the sire of Silver Timber and four other stakes winners. He stood the 2009 season at Richard SimonÕs Sez Who Thoroughbreds North near Stillwater, N.Y., for a fee of $3,000.ÑM.J.S.
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