Paulassilverlining, purchased privately before her last start for a future date with Juddmonte's superstar Arrogate (Unbridled's Song), continued to build up her own resume here with a second-straight score at the highest level.
Away in good order, the bay sat in a patient second with favorite and last year's champion female sprinter Finest City not far behind as longshot Super Humor (Super Saver) zipped off through an opening quarter in :23.02. Given an early cue to seize command hitting the bend, she was confronted by Finest City as heads pointed for home. Comebacking Carina Mia revved up out wide, but Paulassilverlining kept both of her formidable foes at bay under energetic right-handed encouragement, finding the line just in time as Finest City continued to chip away.
“No special instructions from [trainer] Chad [Brown]; he said, 'You know this filly; ride her like you know how,'” said winning rider Jose Ortiz. “She was extra game today, but she's like that every time. She always shows up and gives her best. She showed up today.”
Paulassilverlining was a three-time graded winner last year for breeder Vince Scuderi and trainer Michelle Nevin, including a victory in the Oct. 1 GII Gallant Bloom H. over a muddy surface at Belmont. Third behind Finest City in the GI Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint Nov. 5, she was a clear-cut winner of Aqueduct's Garland of Roses S. in her last start for her old connections. The 5-year-old annexed Keeneland's GI Madison S. by a neck going this same distance Apr. 7.
“She had no trouble with the [sloppy] track and Jose gave her a great ride,” offered Brown. “He got her off the rail early, put her in a stalking position and got the jump on everybody.”
Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who piloted Finest City, thought the wet track might have made the difference: “Great trip. She kind of slipped more than I'd hoped she would. We all have to run in it and some of them handle it better than others but that might have made a little bit of difference today. Every time I'd take two or three steps forward all of a sudden I was taking one back. She'd hit a little spot and then it'd be like starting all over again.”
Paulassilverlining is a half-sister to Vince Scuderi's Dads Caps, a two-time winner of the GI Carter H. Seeking the Silver, who Scuderi claimed for just $20,000 in 2004, produced a full-sister to the winner in 2016, and foaled an Awesome Again colt this year. For more on Scuderi and Paulassilverlining, click here.
Saturday, Churchill Downs
HUMANA DISTAFF S.-GI, $300,000, CD, 5-6, 4yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:23.68, sy.
1–PAULASSILVERLINING, 123, m, 5, by Ghostzapper
1st Dam: Seeking the Silver, by Grindstone
2nd Dam: Apache Pines, by Pancho Villa
3rd Dam: Alyanna, by Alydar
O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; B-Vince Scuderi (KY); T-Chad C.
Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $182,280. Lifetime Record: 20-10-4-3,
$1,371,230. *1/2 to Dads Caps (Discreet Cat), MGISW,
$1,110,467. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.2–Finest City, 123, m, 5, City Zip–Be Envied, by Lemon Drop Kid.
($50,000 Wlg '12 KEENOV; $85,000 Ylg '13 KEESEP). O-Seltzer
Thoroughbreds; B-HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC (PA); T-Ian
Kruljac. $58,800.3–Carina Mia, 118, f, 4, Malibu Moon–Miss Simpatia (Arg), by
Southern Halo. ($410,000 Ylg '14 KEESEP). O-Three Chimneys
Farm, LLC; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-William I. Mott.
$29,400.Margins: NK, 3/4, 3. Odds: 2.80, 1.50, 2.40.
Also Ran: Sweetgrass, Lightstream, Mines and Magic, Super Humor. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.