No Silent

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No Silent Aims to Make Some Noise in Daytona

Field of 14 expected for this year's Daytona Stakes (gr. III) on hillside course.

Double JH Stable's No Silent heads a packed field of 14 runners in the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 26 at 6 1/2 furlongs down Santa Anita Park's Camino Real hillside turf course.   

No Silent comes into Santa Anita's winter meet opening day off a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Keeneland over turf rated as good, going 5 1/2 furlongs. Before that start the 6-year-old son of Silent Name  won three straight races for trainer Gary Mandella, including the Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 3 on the hillside course. 

While No Silent boasts that recent stakes win sprinting down the hill, two-time grade II winner Alert Bay will try the unique course for the first time. Although the City Zip gelding won last year's Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (gr. IIT), which will be offered on Saturday's card, trainer Blaine Wright has opted this year to start Peter Redekop's Alert Bay in the Daytona.

In five starts on the Santa Anita turf, Alert Bay has won four times with a third, taking the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) Sept. 27 in his most recent start there. Alert Bay will try to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT) Nov. 27 at Del Mar.

Trained by James Cassidy and owned by Class Racing Stable, Holy Lute comes into Saturday's Daytona with a solid record when running down the hill. Though winless in his past three outings, Holy Lute has one win and four seconds from five starts down the hill and comes off a solid pair of seconds in two out of his last three races. Holy Lute returns to both the track and the course that he seems to thrive on and will attempt to win his first graded race.

Two other horses in Saturday's field boast previous stakes wins on the downhill course in Richard's Boy and Bench Warrant.

Entries: Daytona S. (G3T)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, December 26, 2015, Race 4

  • Grade III
  • About 6 1/2f
  • Downhill turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 1:38 PM (local)
11Richard's Boy (CA)Victor Espinoza117Peter Miller6/1
22Big Cazanova (ARG)Joel Rosario119Peter Miller8/1
33Mystery Train (ARG)Martin A. Pedroza119Darrell Vienna30/1
44Rocket Heat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEdwin A. Maldonado117Vann Belvoir12/1
55Big Bane Theory (CA)Flavien Prat119Carla Gaines12/1
67Alert Bay (CA)Keeneland Sales GraduateMartin Garcia124Blaine D. Wright5/1
78Bench Warrant (KY)Jose Lezcano117John W. Sadler20/1
89Holy Lute (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSantiago Gonzalez119James M. Cassidy9/2
910The Great War (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKent J. Desormeaux117Wesley A. Ward8/1
1011Somethings Unusual (CA)Drayden Van Dyke119Michael W. McCarthy20/1
1112No Silent (KY)Gary L. Stevens124Gary Mandella7/2
1213Toowindytohaulrox (KY)Tiago Josue Pereira119Philip D'Amato12/1
1314Coastline (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze119Philip D'Amato20/1