Pure Silver shook off heavy pace pressure and ran away in the stretch to remain unbeaten and dominate the GII Adirondack S. at Saratoga, becoming the first graded stakes winner for her sophomore sire (by Unbridled’s Song).
Graduating on debut against New York-breds June 22 at Belmont, she repeated in the six-furlong Empire-bred Lynbrook S. there July 16 and was favored to make it three-for-three in this first try versus open company.
Away slowly from her rail draw after tossing her head at the start, the gray rushed up and dueled through an opening quarter in :22.44 and saw another challenge almost immediately after the first presser dropped away. Under siege at the top of the lane, she shrugged off all bids and went clear by the eighth pole, finishing full of run to romp by daylight.
“She won pretty convincingly,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She’s pretty fast. She didn’t actually get away quite as easily as she normally does, but she made up for it quickly and got to the lead the right way. She kind of ran them off their feet from there. It’s been a hard track sometimes to make up a lot of ground on. We knew that this filly was naturally fast and we were going to let her do her thing.”
On targeting Saratoga’s GI Spinaway S. Sept. 2, Pletcher added, “I think we’ll certainly take a look at it. She’s a filly who has carried her condition really well. Now having run three times, she looks fantastic.”
Pure Silver was listed by bloodstock agent and popular TVG analyst Nick Hines as his “Buy of the Day” at this year’s OBS March Sale in the Mar. 16 edition of TDN.
Pure Silver’s stakes-winning dam Jehan, picked up by Randy Gullatt and Steve Davison’s Twin Creeks Farm as a broodmare prospect for $150,000 at the 2012 FTKFEB Sale, had a colt by Mission Impazible in 2016 and a filly by Graydar earlier this year. She was bred back to Graydar. Twin Creeks, of course, also raced Pure Silver’s sophomore sire Mission Impazible, winner of the 2010 GII Louisiana Derby and a three-time Grade I runner-up.
ADIRONDACK S.-GII, $200,000, SAR, 8-12, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:17.22, ft.
1–@PURE SILVER, 122, f, 2, by Mission Impazible
1st Dam: Jehan (SW, $302,683), by Forest Wildcat
2nd Dam: Classy Date, by Saint Ballado
3rd Dam: Date Stone, by Forty Niner
($125,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Twin Creeks Racing Stables,
LLC; B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-John R.
Velazquez. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $217,200.
*First GSW for sophomore sire (by Unbridled’s Song).
Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Southampton Way, 118, f, 2, Into Mischief–Roadtohanna, by
Not For Love. O/B-Sagamore Farm (MD); T-Horacio DePaz.
$40,000.3–Wall of Compassion, 118, f, 2, Jimmy Creed–Eastern Ruckus,
by Eastern Echo. ($85,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Dubb, Monomoy
Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group LLC & Bethlehem Stables LLC;
B-Tim & Nancy Hamlin (KY); T-Rudy R. Rodriguez. $20,000.Margins: 9HF, 1, 3 3/4. Odds: 1.70, 4.80, 23.50.
Also Ran: Stainless, Sly Roxy, Limited View, Proportionality, Di Maria. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.