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Zilver continues McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series dominance; wins 1st Leg

October 17, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Zilver wins the his division of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series, 1st Leg
(photo by Arlyn Maldonado, Horsewinpix, courtesy of Portland Meadows)
Zilver looks like heís back to defend his crown in the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series as he cruised to a victory in his division of the 1st Leg on October 16. Sent off at odds of 2-to-1, Zilver was beautifully placed up close to the pace by jockey Eliska Kubinova as they were in a great stalking spot in third going into the turn of the five furlong race. He took the lead turning for home and never looked back, pulling clear to win by 1Ĺ lengths. Slew The Cat was second with Fighting City Hall third.

Zilver was claimed by owner James Peavy for trainer Mark Jones in a six-way shake. Runner-up Slew The Cat went to the barn of Dru Hall in a nine-way shake. Jokerís Appeal goes to the barn of trainer Sharon Balcom.

All four divisions were run at a $2,500 claiming level and with a distance of five furlongs. In the first division it was Defend Liberty and Leonel Camacho-Flores who went right to the front and never looked back, drawing clear to win by 3ĺ lengths over longshots Hit The Juice and Bad Boy K, who ran second and third, respectively. Defend Liberty was claimed off the win by owner/trainer Jim Fergason. Fourth-place finisher Swiss Lightning was claimed in a three-way shake, going to owner/trainer Nick Lowe. My Mans No Lady, who finished fifth as the favorite goes to the barn of trainer Mary Boyle.

Wheels Of Fire caught a flier out of the gate and never looked back for jockey Javier Matias, cruising all the way to a three-length win. Wheels Of Fire battled early with Mr. Top Kat, but Wheels Of Fire disposed of that rival turning for home and kept longshot Boscoís Qwik at bay. Boscoís Qwik finished second ahead of Buckís Bro and Mr. Top Kat, who ran third and fourth. Mr. Top Kat was the only horse claimed out of the third division, going to the barn of trainer Juanita Jones.

The fourth and final division went to The Bienís Gift, who pulled off a 15-to-1 upset. The Bienís Gift and Eliska Kubinova sat back off the pace and rallied into contention from fourth to take the lead in mid-stretch. The Bienís Gift edged clear to win by 2Ĺ lengths. Smart As Jim, at 13-to-1, got up for second, while 30-to-1 shot Twist My Kazoo ran third, completing a trifecta that returned $1,327.70 for a $1 wager. Favored Escaping The Storm finished fourth and was the only claim in the race, with Carol Duby winning an eight-way shake.

Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6. Leg 2 has a $3,200 claiming horses going 5Ĺ furlongs. The top 12 point earners from the first two legs are eligible for the $15,000 final on November 20. Horses must compete in both of the first two legs to run in the final.

Point standings after the 1st Leg of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series

5 points for each winner: Defend Liberty, Zilver, Wheels Of Fire, The Bienís Gift.
4 points for each 2nd-place: Hit The Juice, Slew The Cat, Boscoís Qwik, Smart As Jim.
3 points for each 3rd-place: Bad Boy K, Fighting City Hall, Buckís Bro, Twist My Kazoo.
2 point for each 4th-place: Swiss Lightning, Ezinmotion, Mr. Top Kat, Escaping The Storm.
1 point for each 5th-place: My Mans No Lady, One Lucky Hoss, Tannerís Event, Cool Comic.