08/16/2010 2:46PM

Silver Timber gets go-ahead for Troy Stakes

Jessica Denver/Equi-Photo
Silver Timber took the Wolf Hill at Monmouth in June but lost next out in the General Perfect in July.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Chad Brown was initially thinking about holding his top New York-bred turf sprinter Silver Timber out of Thursday’s $70,000 Troy Stakes to await the $250,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 6.

Upon further review, Brown entered Silver Timber in the Troy and if he actually leads him over to the starting gate, Brown will have the horse to beat in the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint.

“So many things can happen by the time that race comes up,” Brown said about the Turf Monster. “Is he still going to be doing as well as he is now? Will it rain that day in Philly? These turf horses, lately I’ve been more inclined to run them when they’re doing well rather than wait. He’s doing very well.”

Silver Timber had a three-race winning streak snapped when he finished second to General Perfect in the $105,000 John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth on July 11. Brown took the blame for that loss, as he instructed jockey Joe Bravo to get his horse off the rail from where he broke and get to the outside. While Bravo followed those instructions, General Perfect cut the corner, got away and prevailed.

“I didn’t want to see him get pinned in because he was the heavy favorite, and he ended up being wide the entire way,” Brown said. “The leader just cut the corner and got the jump on us. I think he ran his race – he had so much to do and was so wide the whole way.”

Wednesday, Silver Timber will break from post 2 under Julien Leparoux, who is 3 for 4 on the New York-bred gelding.

Awakino Cat, who won last year’s Troy, tops a three-headed, uncoupled entry for trainer Linda Rice, though she is expected to scratch Lady Rizzi, who ran Sunday at Monmouth. Awakino Cat returns to turf after winning the off-the-turf Seabiscuit Stakes at Suffolk last out. She is 2 for 3 over this course.

“He was a little off form earlier in the year,” Rice said. “He has an affinity for this course. Hopefully, he finds last year’s form.”

Ahvee’s Destiny, a 7-year-old mare facing males, is 4 for 7, including two stakes over this turf course. She won finished fourth to Awakino Cat in the Seabiscuit.

“She didn’t like the mud,” Rice said.

Ezzy, a winner of three straight races, could be the main speed of the race under Eibar Coa. Yield Bogey, second in the Grade 3 Jaipur, is a live longshot from the off pace.