09/05/2013 11:45AM

Woodbine notes: Silent Star looks to show her potential in La Prevoyante Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer David Bell has had no choice but to take his time with Silent Star.

On Saturday, Silent Star will look to fulfill her initial promise when she goes postward in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Silent Star, who races for the C.E.C. Farms of Eugene George, started three times at 2, graduating over five furlongs in her second start and then finishing third in the restricted Nandi Stakes at six furlongs.

But Silent Star then went to the sidelines for the first time following a frightening incident during a training session on the main track last fall, a sequence that began when Silent Star unseated Bell’s exercise rider and partner, Valerie Topp.

“Another horse spooked her,” Bell said. “She went down the backside, jumped onto the Standardbred track, and fell. Then she jumped back onto the Polytrack and fell, and jumped onto the turf course and fell.”

Silent Star’s misadventure could have resulted in severe injuries but turned out to be less damaging than might have been expected.

“She cut herself up badly,” Bell said. “She needed a lot of stitches. We persevered, got her back in October, and she got sick, so we turned her out for a month, and she wound up hurting herself at the farm the day she was going to leave for Florida. We wound up sending her to North Carolina for a couple of months, and she came back in April.”

Silent Star returned to the races July 13 in the Passing Mood Stakes, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in which she finished seventh, beaten 4 3/4 lengths.

“She was close to being ready, and I thought I’d take a shot in there,” Bell said. “She ran a little green, but she didn’t run a bad race. She was way off it, and she did gain some ground. She kind of got a little bit out of the race. She was maybe a work or two short.”

Silent Star was entered back Aug. 5 but was scratched.

“She had kind of a grubby nose,” Bell said. “We scoped her, and she had some mucus. She’s too nice a filly to take a chance with.”

Nine days later, Silent Star ran in a first-level restricted allowance at seven furlongs and was a going-away 1 3/4-length winner. Now, Silent Star will attempt her longest trip to date in the La Prevoyante, but Bell is confident that she’s up to the task.

“With her pedigree and the way she runs, I think she’ll handle it,” Bell said, noting that Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode Silent Star last year, is returning to the saddle. “Emma always said she’d be better going farther.”

Stakes runners hit the road

Are You Kidding Me, based here with trainer Roger Attfield, left Woodbine on Wednesday to run in Saturday’s Kent Stakes at Delaware Park. The Kent, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000.

Are You Kidding Me is coming off a second-place finish behind Five Iron here in the Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race July 27. Five Iron, conditioned by Brian Lynch, came back to capture last Sunday’s Grade 3 Saranac Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on “good” turf at Saratoga.

The Kentucky homebred Five Iron is scheduled to make his next start in Belmont’s Grade 1, $500,000 Jamaica or the Grade 3, $200,000 Hawthorne Derby. Both races are for 3-year-olds on Oct. 5 and cover 1 1/8 miles on turf.

“That’ll be it for him for the year,” said Lynch, who also sent out Five Iron to win the Victoria Park Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack here June 16.

Up With the Birds, the winner of the Breeders’ Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf in his most recent start here for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Malcolm Pierce, also is a candidate for the Jamaica.

“We’re pretty seriously thinking about the Jamaica,” Pierce said. “That’s our first plan for him right now.”

Up With the Birds entered the Breeders’ Stakes off a second-place finish in the Queen’s Plate over 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack. Earlier this year, the homebred won the Marine Stakes here over 1 1/16 miles on the main track and the Black Gold Stakes over about 7 1/2 furlongs of soft turf at Fair Grounds.

Alpha Bettor and Awesome Overture, the top two finishers in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup over 1 1/16 miles here Aug. 3, have been entered in Sunday’s $250,000 Presque Isle Mile. Justin Stein has the mount on Alpha Bettor for trainer Danny Vella, while Jesse Campbell returns aboard Awesome Overture for trainer Paul Attard.

Attard’s father, Sid, sent out Eternal Rule to win last year’s Presque Mile and Stunning Stag to finish third in both the 2010 and 2011 editions, the latter of which was won by Wise Dan.