|2009||KEESEP||1139||Y||$280,000||Silverton Hill||Lane's End|
Carter H. (gr. I)
CARTER H. (gr. I), Aqueduct, April 06, 2013, $400,000 Guaranteed, value of race $400,000, 3 yo's & up, 7 furlongs, 1:21.44 Dirt FT.
(Dark Bay or Brown Horse ,
Smart Strike Lyrical Prayer , by The Minstrel
BEdward P. Evans , VA ; OSilverton Hill LLC ; TMartin D. Wolfson
(Dark Bay or Brown Horse ,
Pleasant Tap Seeking the Sky , by Storm Cat
BMartin Stables Inc. , FL ; OHollendorfer, Jerry and Lloyd, Kim ; TJerry Hollendorfer
(Chestnut Colt ,
Discreet Cat West Side Dancer , by Gone West
BE Paul Robsham Stable LLC , FL ; OE. Paul Robsham Stables LLC ; TTodd A. Pletcher
Carter H. Recap
Silverton Hill’s Swagger Jack secured his first career stakes win April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack when the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike seized the lead in midstretch then held off two-time grade II winner Sahara Sky to win the Carter Handicap (gr. I).
After knocking on the door in a pair of graded stakes races this year at Gulfstream Park, Swagger Jack broke through at the highest level in the Carter.
Swagger Jack was bred in Virginia by the late Edward P. Evans, and he was purchased by Tom Hamilton’s Silverton Hill for $280,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Trainer Marty Wolfson said he was confident Swagger Jack would have enough early speed in the Carter to set up his late run.
“I was very confident in this horse,” Wolfson said after Swagger Jack became the latest graded stakes winner for Silverton Hill, joining standouts such as Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dominican and multiple graded stakes winner Havelock.
Swagger Jack’s victory adds another stakes winner to the more than 200 bred by Evans, who died in 2010. A member of The Jockey Club, Evans owned Spring Hill Farm in Virginia and was recognized as TOBA’s National Breeder of the Year in 2009.
Swagger Jack, by Smart Strike—Lyrical Prayer, by The Minstrel, has deep roots in Evans’ breeding program. Unraced Lyrical Prayer, also bred by Evans, is out of the winning Gallant Man mare Belle Gallante, who also was bred by Evans. Swagger Jack’s third dam is the 1954 Better Self mare Prayer Bell, who was bred in Kentucky by Greentree Stud.
Swagger Jack is a half brother to grade II winner Tap Dance, a daughter of Pleasant Tap; and stakes winner Grand Prayer, a daughter of Grand Slam. Lyrical Prayer has produced grade I-winning filly Malibu Prayer, by Malibu Moon. Belle Gallante is a half sister to 1969 champion 2-year-old male Silent Screen and two other stakes winners.
Swagger Jack also adds to Smart Strike’s long line of success as he becomes the 13th grade I or group I winner for the two-time leading sire. Through April 7, Smart Strike boasted 51 graded stakes winners and 92 stakes winners. Other added-money winners this year for Smart Strike include grade III winner Scarlet Strike, grade II winner Centre Court, and Dynamic Strike. Smart Strike stands for $85,000 at Lane’s End near Versailles, Ky.—F.A.