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Belmont Park: Silverette at even money for Gold Princess Stakes
By Dave Litfin
Silverette, who showed considerable promise early in her 3-year-old season, makes her second start back from a layoff as the likely favorite in Sunday’s $85,000 Gold Princess overnight stakes, which is carded as race 3 on a 10-race program.
The even-money choice on the morning line, Silverette drew post 2 and will take on Enchante, Expression, Munnings Sister, Ode to Sami, and Well Kept in the six-furlong race for older fillies and mares. All starters carry 118 pounds.
Silverette won both of her sprints in New York last spring for trainer Dale Romans, garnering a maiden win at Aqueduct in April and a first-level allowance at Belmont in early June. She suffered a setback after that, however, and missed the remainder of the year.
Silverette returned on the next-to-last day of racing on Aqueduct’s inner track March 22 and turned in a sharp effort, pressing the pace and edging clear over second-level allowance foes. She has since come back to work twice in preparation for her stakes debut, including a bullet five-furlong move over Belmont’s main track.
Well Kept finished second twice from three starts at the winter meet for Leah Gyarmati. In her first try wearing blinkers, she raced on a speed-favoring track and was along to complete the exacta behind Cluster of Stars, who is now 5 for 5 after coming back to win the Grade 2 Distaff.
Munnings Sister, a full sister to three-time Grade 2 winner Munnings, was under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last fall after winning the Dream Supreme overnight stakes over a sloppy Belmont strip. She has been off form in three starts since then, however.
On fast tracks, Expression has won all three of her starts this year for owner-trainer Charlie Baker, who is winning at a 35 percent clip in 2013.
“She’s been on top of her game,” Baker said.
Ode to Sami ran on fast, good, and muddy tracks in three starts at Belmont last year for Gary Contessa and finished second all three times, beginning with an allowance try against Better Lucky, who later won the Grade 2 Sands Point.
Enchante is back on short rest for Rudy Rodriguez after running fourth in the Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico on April 20
In race 5, owner-trainer Robbie Davis will replace his daughter, Jacqueline, aboard Camie’s Dancer in a maiden special weight sprint for New York-bred fillies and mares on turf.
Robbie Davis rode 3,382 winners before retiring in the fall 2002 because of chronic knee pain. He underwent a partial knee replacement and returned to the saddle for one ride aboard Sandyinthesun in an off-the-turf race at Belmont on Oct. 1, 2011.
Sandyinthesun finished sixth that day but came back to give Davis his first win as a trainer Dec. 3, 2011, with his daughter in the irons.
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