07/16/2006 11:00PM

Silver Train necks War Front in Tom Fool


Silver Train remained the king of Belmont Park with a hard-fought neck victory over War Front in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 .

Sensing his horse wasn't happy racing on the inside of two other horses, jockey Edgar Prado took a hold of Silver Train at the half-mile pole to get him an outside run. Silver Train rallied three wide around the turn, put away Anew in upper stretch, and was able to run down War Front, who made his first start since February.

It was Silver Train's fifth straight victory at Belmont Park dating back to July 2, 2005. Among his victories here were last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day. He has lost races at Saratoga, Gulfstream, and Aqueduct in the interim. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he wasn't worried when it appeared that Silver Train was dropping back entering the far turn. "I was figuring that Edgar was just getting him out on the turn," Dutrow said. "Edgar told me he just wasn't happy in there."

Silver Train, owned by Four Roses Thoroughbreds, covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.66 and returned $3.60 as the favorite. Dutrow said Silver Train would skip Saratoga and point to the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont on Oct. 7.

One race earlier, Certifiably Crazy got away with soft early fractions and was able to hold off Foreverness to win the $67,500 Draw Shot Stakes for New York-breds by one length. Cornelio Velasquez rode Certifiably Crazy for trainer Richard Schosberg and the Double S Stable.