Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (inside) takes the Frost King Stakes over Silent Sting at Woodbine

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (inside) takes the Frost King Stakes over Silent Sting at Woodbine

Michael Burns

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet Makes Noise in Frost King

Trainer Robert Tiller earned his 11th stakes victory of the season.

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet delivered on his pari-mutuel promise winning the $125,000 Frost King Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds by a head over Silent Sting on a rainy Nov. 18 at Woodbine.

Jockey Rafael Hernandez worked out the winning trip aboard the 9-5 favorite for trainer Robert Tiller, who earned his 11th stakes victory of the season—second-most at the Woodbine meet trailing only Mark Casse, who has 16. A winner of the Clarendon Stakes this summer, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet accounts for two of those wins.

"Eleven stakes this year. That's what it's all about, the big races," said Tiller, whose leading winner is Canadian Horse of the Year candidate Pink Lloyd with seven straight stakes to his credit this season heading into next weekend's Kennedy Road Stakes (G2). "We've won 11 stakes so we've had a fantastic year, in that department anyway. It's a thrill. To develop young horses and see them go out and be runners, that's a real thrill."

Breaking well from outer post 9, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet stalked outside mid-pack with Silent Sting tracking him before those two sprang into action turning for home in the seven-furlong sprint. Inge had led the field through fractions of :23.32 and :46.61 for a half-mile with Beer Pressure pressing the pace and taking command at the top of the stretch. However, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet struck late, rallying four-wide outside of Smooth Talk, and then held off the oncoming Silent Sting for the victory in a final time of 1:23.28 over the Tapeta 10 surface. Royal Laser, bumped at the start, closed from last to show, finishing a head in front of Beer Pressure.

"Robert and I were talking about it before the race. We liked the post position and that helped us a lot," said Hernandez, who was paired up with Be Vewy Vewy Quiet for the first time in the gelding's five career starts. "That was one of the reasons we won the race. The horse set up perfect today. He relaxed good and he made his run down the lane. He showed up today."

Both Hernandez and Tiller agreed the homebred son of Silent Name  could go two turns in the future.

"Absolutely. I think he kind of plods along and I always thought that he's a horse that would stretch out and he proved it today going seven-eighths," said Tiller. "I think the mare throws distance horses so I really think he'll go long. He just kind of plods along at his own pace, but he's got heart. He got beat a couple of close races, they were short races and a few excuses, but he's run hard every time."

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet now boasts a record of three wins from five starts with $192,004 in earnings for owners Frank Di Giulio Jr., Anthony D'Onofrio, and J. Peri.

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet paid $5.60, $2.80 and $2.60 across the board. Smooth Talk, Handsome Like Me, Cat's Whisper, Sheriff Clarke, Josie's Riddle, and Inge completed the order of finish.

Video: Frost King S.