07/23/2013 1:45PM

Del Mar: No Silent to try main track for Mandella

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No Silent has finished first or second in 9 of his 12 starts.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – To this point in his career, No Silent has raced exclusively on turf. But the combination of having an intended start canceled at Betfair Hollywood Park, plus a recent sharp work on Polytrack here at Del Mar, convinced trainer Gary Mandella it was worth giving No Silent a shot on the main track in Thursday’s featured seventh race, a 6 1/2-furlong money allowance that carries an $85,000 purse.

“He worked so well on the main track I thought it was worth going ahead and running him,” Mandella said Tuesday morning. “I’m interested in trying, to see if he’ll be competitive on it.”

This wasn’t the original plan. Far from it. Mandella had wanted to run No Silent in the Robert Kerlan, a turf sprint stakes at Hollywood Park, but that race was canceled because of insufficient entries. No Silent was then entered in a turf sprint scheduled for last Sunday, but that too was scrapped. Hence, Plan C.

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No Silent comes off a turf sprint win at Betfair Hollywood Park in May, and has finished first or second in 9 of his 12 starts.

Mandella doubled up in the race with Mobilized, who has not raced since last September at Del Mar, and is seeking his first victory since the Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park in April 2012.

“I didn’t turn him out right away after the race at Del Mar. Originally I was going to freshen him and run him during the fall meet at Hollywood Park,” Mandella said. “But he just wasn’t right, and I finally had to turn him out. He didn’t need surgery or anything like that, just time. This distance is probably short of ideal, but I think he’ll be competitive.”

Four others entered the race, including such accomplished stakes-class runners as Isn’t He Clever and Castaway.

Isn’t He Clever, a stalwart on the New Mexico circuit, ships in for his first try at Del Mar and on a synthetic surface. His trainer, Henry Dominguez, admits this is an experiment.

“We’re trying something different. He usually runs well on hard surfaces,” Dominguez said Tuesday.

During a recent drill here, Isn’t He Perfect “worked okay,” Dominguez said.

“The ground was breaking out from him,” he said.

“He likes to hear his feet rattle. Hopefully he’ll adjust,” Dominguez said. “We figure we might as well try. There’s nothing for him in New Mexico now until Zia Park in about six weeks. If we win, we did the right thing. If not, we’ll go back home.”

Castaway shortens up after winning a 7 1/2-furlong allowance at Hollywood Park in June. His biggest win came in a division of the Southwest Stakes in February 2012.

Kate’s Event, a winner of 2 of his last 3 starts, and Chiloquin, twice a winner here on Polytrack, round out the field.