BC Winner Silver Train to Northview

Breeders' Cup Sprint winner is among the top second-crop sires.

Silver Train, winner of the 2005 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) and a leading second-crop sire, will relocate to Northview Stallion Station’s Pennsylvanian division near Peach Bottom. Silver Train will stand in 2012 for $7,500.

Nine-year-old Silver Train (Old Trieste—Ridden in Thestars, by Cormorant) formerly stood at Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington.

“Silver Train showed incredible versatility during his racing career,” said Northview director of bloodstock services Carl McEntee. “He won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), the Jerome (gr. I), and the Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) among others. That same versatility has transcended into his stallion career. This impressive young sire keeps producing winners, and with the state-bred incentive program we have, it will be a resounding success.”

Silver Train won or placed in 13 of 17 races and earned $1,259,345.

McEntee, acting as agent for purchaser HnR Horseracing, brokered the deal with Vinery, which has retained an interest in the stallion.

“This horse was sensational on the track and had superior speed,” said HnR CEO Hank Nothhaft, who lives on the West Coast but is from Pennsylvania. “It is these traits that he is passing down through his progeny. Positioning him in Pennsylvania solidifies him as one of the best-valued horses in the Northeast.”

As a first-crop sire in 2010, Silver Train ranked among the leaders with 24 juvenile winners and the earners of more than $760,000. This year, on the second-crop list, he ranks first by number of winners, with 59, and eighth by progeny earnings, with more than $1.95 million.

Silver Train’s dozen stakes horses are led by 2011 New York graded stakes winner J J's Lucky Train, who has won or placed in six stakes this year. Silver Train also is the sire of 2011 stakes winner Big Blue Caboose, Silver Boxcar, and Silver Ocean (in Italy).