02/17/2012 3:42PM

Gulfstream: Silver Menace preps for Swale


In contrast to Mucho Macho Man’s easy half-mile drill, his younger stablemate Silver Menace just blistered the same distance in 45.67 seconds after the renovation break Friday morning at Gulfstream Park, posting splits of 11.62 and 22.65 before galloping out five-eighths in 59.02.

Silver Menace, a 3-year-old son of Silver Wagon, was purchased privately by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing after opening his career with a pair of victories in Chicago. He has run twice at 3 for his new connections, finishing a troubled sixth in the 1 1/16-mile Gulfstream Park Derby and fourth in the five-furlong Needles over the turf.

Trainer Kathy Ritvo said Silver Menace would also make his next start on March 10 in the seven-furlong, Grade 2 Swale.

“I was very happy with the way he went this morning,” said Ritvo. “I want to put some speed into him because we’re going to bring him back at seven furlongs in the Swale.”

Future Generation may try Honey Fox

Trainer Christophe Clement showcased another promising looking European-bred filly here earlier this week in Future Generation, who rallied up the rail under jockey Rajiv Maragh to capture her U.S. debut on Wednesday.

Future Generation, owned by the partnership of George Bolton and Peter Leidel, was a Group 3 winner in her native Ireland last summer for trainer G. M. Lyons. She raced on Lasix for the first time in her U.S. bow.

“She’s a very nice filly who trained well and won very well,” said Clement. “He [Maragh] rode her like a good horse. On the turn he had plenty of horse and he gave her a good trip. I was delighted with this performance and she’ll go on to a stakes next, perhaps the Honey Fox here later in the meet.”

The Grade 3 Honey Fox will be run on March 18.