Silver Train to Vinery After Racing Career

Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery has purchased the breeding rights Silver Train, most recently the winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), and the colt will stand at the Kentucky division of the farm at the conclusion of his racing career.

Silver Train is likely to make his next start in either the July 1 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park going 1 1/4 miles, or the July 16 Tom Fool (gr. II) going seven furlongs.

"We have followed the career of Silver Train very closely since his victory in the (TVG) Breeders' Cup Sprint last year, and his recent victory in the Metropolitan certainly establishes him as a top stallion prospect," said Vinery co-general manager Tom Ludt. "He will be syndicated for stud duty, and we will announce his fee at the end of his career."

Racing for Buckram Oak Farm and trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Silver Train has earned $1,127,345 to date. He broke his maiden in his second career start at two, dominating a Saratoga maiden special weight contest by seven lengths. Next he won an allowance race at Belmont by 6 3/4 lengths.

On Sept. 11, he won Belmont's one-mile Jerome Handicap (gr. II) by five lengths in gate-to-wire fashion. In the Breeders' Cup Sprint, he was contest to follow the torrid fractions of :22 and :44 2/5, overtaking champion Lost in the Fog in the early stretch and withstanding a late challenge by Taste of Paradise for the victory.

Co-highweighted for the Met Mile this year, Silver Train, a son of Old Trieste pressed very strong fractions, took the lead at the top of the stretch, and dug in gamely to hold off a late-closing Sun King.

Bred in Kentucky by Joe Mulholland Sr., Joe Mulholland Jr., and John Mulholland, Silver Train was produced from the Cormorant mare Ridden in the Stars.