Updated on 09/16/2011 7:24AM

Giant killer Jerkens strikes again


ELMONT, N.Y. - Shiny Band, the longest price in the field at 17-1, became a stakes winner in Saturday's $200,000 at Belmont Park on an unusually chilly spring afternoon.

Shiny Band, under Robbie Davis, was a 2 3/4-length winner over Raging Fever, the second choice. Victory Ride, the 6-5 favorite, finished third, a half-length behind the runner-up. Two Item Limit and Atelier completed the order of finish in the five-horse field of fillies and mares.

The Grade 2 Shuvee was run over a track labeled good, following morning rain.

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, who has enjoyed his share of upsets in stakes during his 52-year career, trains Shiny Band.

The mile race unfolded as expected with Raging Fever, a winner of three stakes this year, setting the pace and Victory Ride tracking the pacesetter. Shiny Band sat in third behind the leaders through fractions of 23.16 seconds, 45.70, and 1:09.56.

Around the three-sixteenth pole, Davis guided Shiny Band to the inside and the filly began gobbling up ground in deep stretch.

"The Chief said just go out there and get a check," said Davis, referring to his conversation with Jerkens before the race. "I wanted to get behind [the speed]. My filly kicked in the last eighth and I said, 'I'm going to win this' when she shot through on the rail."

Davis, who won the Shuvee in 1987 with Ms. Eloise, picked up the mount on Saturday morning when Norberto Arroyo Jr. took off his mounts because he was experiencing muscle soreness from his spill on Friday. Arroyo's mount in Friday's seventh race, Red Jelly, appeared to clip heels, sending Arroyo heavily to the ground.

Jean-Luc Samyn, who rode favored Victory Ride, said, "She was trying hard. It was her first race going a mile in her second start back."

Jerkens, who won the Shuvee in 1992 with Missy's Mirage and in 1994 with Sky Beauty, said he originally told Davis to make his run from the outside, but changed his mind when he saw horses running well on the rail.

"I told [Davis] 'use your judgment; that's when you do your best work,' " Jerkens said.

Shiny Band ($37.60) covered the mile in 1:34.95.

Shiny Band, a daughter of Dixieland Band, is owned by Bohemia Stable.

Jerkens said he would point Shiny Band to the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap, formerly the Hempstead, at Belmont on June 22.