Updated on 09/17/2011 8:50PM

Silver Haze a familiar type for Wren

Afleet Alex was back out jogging Thursday in preparation for his Rebel Stakes start.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Some of the best colts trainer Steve Wren has saddled in recent years have been sons of Silver Deputy. There was Etbauer, winner of the Grade 3 Rebel at Oaklawn in 1999, and Mr. Jester, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot in 2003.

The latest Wren trainee to fit the mold is Silver Haze, who figures to start as the second choice in the wagering behind Greater Good in the $100,000 for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn on Saturday.

Silver Haze comes into the race on the heels of a close fourth-place finish to Storm Surge in the Grade 3 Lecomte at Fair Grounds Jan. 15. Before that race, he won an entry-level allowance race at Fair Grounds Dec. 9.

Silver Haze and Mr. Jester were purchased from the same consignor, Eisaman Equine, but out of different sales. Both are owned by Kaaren Biggs. The two colts, as well as Etbauer, are out of different mares, but the link remains Silver Deputy, a son of Deputy Minister who sired Silverbulletday.

"I like Silver Deputy," said Wren. "I've had a lot of luck with him. Any time you get a sire that you have a lot of luck with, you keep going back to the well."

Wren said two qualities resonate about the offspring of Silver Deputy. "One, they're very intelligent, and two, they have a lot of ability," he said. "It seems like they have enough speed, and they can go a route of ground."

Wren said Silver Haze and Mr. Jester are different as far as body types. Mr. Jester is a longer-type individual, while Silver Haze is built more compactly. Wren said Mr. Jester, who has been turned out in Oklahoma, is due to resume training at Oaklawn in the next week. Etbauer, meanwhile, is one of the top young stallions standing in Arkansas, and on Thursday afternoon Wren won the third race with one of Etbauer's offspring, Kord Etbauer.

Silver Haze won his maiden over 4 1/2 furlongs at Louisiana Downs in June, and two starts later finished a troubled fourth in the $75,000 Harrah's Juvenile on turf on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 25. Following the race, Wren added blinkers, and Silver Haze was a big second in the $75,000 MEC Mile at Remington Park on Nov. 21. He went on to win the allowance at Fair Grounds before the Lecomte.

Afleet Alex back to track for jog

Afleet Alex is a pistol. He came out of a sharp Wednesday work so full of himself that he went back to the track on Thursday.

"We jogged him an easy mile," said trainer Tim Ritchey. "That takes the edge off a little. He was fine."

Ritchey said Afleet Alex is scheduled to work five furlongs next week, on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather.

Afleet Alex's workout on Wednesday was his first of the year, and he went four furlongs in 47 seconds. He is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade 3, $250,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on March 19.

Afleet Alex, runner-up for 2-year-old champion last year, has among his victories the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga. He races for Cash Is King.

Promontory promising for Von Hemel

Promontory appears to be a 3-year-old with a future. He won an entry-level allowance over six furlongs last Saturday, his second victory in three starts. The next step is two turns, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

"We'll try to stretch him out, find out what kind of path to take with him," said Von Hemel. "If he can stretch out, there are a lot opportunities."

Promontory is a son of Peaks and Valleys and is out of the Great Above mare Only Above, who also produced El Cielo, a multiple Grade 3 winner of $724,729. Promontory is owned by Pin Oak Stable.

Last year during the Oaklawn meet, Von Hemel developed Cryptograph for Pin Oak. The colt was a multiple winner at the meet and went on to win the $100,000 Round Table at Arlington and finish second in both the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby and Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby.

Cryptograph is training in South Carolina following a freshening and is due to return to Oaklawn late in the meet, according to Von Hemel.