Jerome H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8f ,)

SILVER TRAIN (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $90,000
Old Trieste —Ridden in Thestars , by Cormorant
B—John Mulholland, KY.; O—Buckram Oak Farm; T—Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

High Fly (CH h, 120 lb) $30,000
Atticus —Verbasle , by Slewpy
B—Live Oak Stud, KY.; O—Live Oak Plantation; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Naughty New Yorker (B h, 115 lb) $15,000
Quiet American —Naughty Natisha , by Known Fact
B—Dr. Joan M. Taylor, NY.; O—Fox Ridge Farm, Inc.; T—Patrick J. Kelly

Margins: 5, 2¼, ¾. Others: Sir Greeley 114($7,500) , Better Than Bonds 115($4,500) , Awesome Twist 114($3,000) . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.

The weekend of Sept. 10-11 was a very good one for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Not only did Saint Liam regain his crown as the “king of handicap division” with an easy two-length win in the Sept. 10 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), but the following day Dutrow saddled Silver Train to an easy five-length win in the Sept. 11 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Both Saint Liam and Silver Train came to Belmont Park following defeats at Saratoga Race Course. Saint Liam fell a neck shy to Commentator in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) while Silver Train finished third, beaten 11/4 lengths, in the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II).

Saint Liam will now train up to the Oct. 29 Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held at Belmont Park.

Silver Train could also be trained up the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), if Dutrow were guaranteed the son of Old Trieste would have a place in the starting gate. “If I knew for sure he would get in, I wouldn’t mind sitting on him until that race,” the trainer said. “He can sit behind speed and make that one run. Horses like that win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. I don’t know if he has the talent to run with that kind of sprinting, but now is the time to take a chance. He likes the track and he’s doing good.”

Dutrow trains Silver Train for the Fustok family’s Buckram Oak Farm, which purchased him for $140,000 at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from the consignment of his breeder, Joe Mulholland Sr.’s Mulholland Farm near Georgetown, Ky. Joe Mulholland Jr. and brother John Mulholland are listed as co-breeders.

The Mulhollands purchased the dam of Silver Train, Ridden in Thestars (by Cormorant) for $90,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November mixed sale. Nursery Place, agent, consigned the mare in foal to Cryptoclearance to that sale.

Joe Mulholland Sr. said Silver Train was a very good-looking foal. “I had two Old Trieste babies to sell that year and wanted to split them up,” he said. “So one (Silver Train) went to Fasig-Tipton and the other went to Keeneland.”

The other Old Trieste foal, out of the Dixieland Band mare Jazz Rags, was sold at Keeneland to Buckram Oak for $425,000 out of the Mulholland consignment. He was subsequently named Blades of Silver and is also in training with Dutrow. Blades of Silver broke his maiden by 21/2 lengths Sept. 3 in a 11/16-mile claiming race at Monmouth Park.

Ridden in Thestars is still owned by the Mulholland family and is currently in foal to Johannesburg on an April 12 cover. The mare has a yearling Yankee Victor colt that will sell Sept. 20 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale and has a weanling High Yield colt on the farm.

Old Trieste is the sire of six other added-money winners, including additional 2005 stakes winners Minister Eric (gr. II), Mr. Trieste, and Honolua Storm (Can-III). Old Trieste, who has sired only three crops, was euthanized in January 2003 due to acute laminitis while standing at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.—L.D.