Silent Ea­gle gets class re­lief

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Randy Gould­ing

VAN­COU­VER, Bri­tish Columbia – A sig­nif­i­cant drop in weight and sub­stan­tial drop in class add up to Silent Ea­gle be­ing the one to beat in the fi­nal leg of the Marathon Se­ries at Hast­ings on Satur­day.

The 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew five horses and goes as race 8 on the fi­nal Satur­day of the 2018 meet, which wraps up Sun­day. Post time for the first of nine races is 1:50 p.m. Pa­cific.

Trained by An­drew Collins, Silent Ea­gle carried 124 pounds when he al­most took them all the way go­ing 1 3/8 miles in the Grade 3, $100,000 Premier’s on Sun­day. He fin­ished third, beaten a halflength. He looks for­mi­da­ble with the drop into a starter race with a $6,250 claim­ing op­tion while shed­ding 11 pounds.

The 4-year-old Bri­tish Columbia-bred has im­proved since he fin­ished fourth go­ing 1 1/8 miles in the first leg of the Marathon Se­ries on Aug. 24. Af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in the $50,000 S. W. Ran­dall Plate on Sept. 8, he thrived over a sloppy track when he scored a fron­trun­ning vic­tory in a $25,000 claim­ing race Sept. 22. With ap­pren­tice Lenny Seecha­ran in the sad­dle for the Premier’s, Silent Ea­gle set a wicked early pace be­fore giv­ing way grudg­ingly to Cal­gary Ca­per and Brave Na­tion, both of whom ral­lied from well back. He fin­ished a neck be­hind Brave Na­tion, who was a neck be­hind Cal­gary Ca­per.

Silent Ea­gle will break from post 5 with Seecha­ran, who has made great strides as a rider in the past month, re­tain­ing the mount.

There is a manda­tory pay­out of the pick five, which be­gins on race 2 with $3,585 in seed money. The money comes from over­ages in the mutuel han­dle at Hast­ings this year.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Silent Ea­gle, by Silent Name Last 3 Bey­ers: 77-78-72

◗ That was a huge ef­fort in the Premier’s and if it didn’t knock him out he will be tough to run down. Cit­ron Kid, by Lemon Drop Kid Last 3 Bey­ers: 71-71-71

◗ The con­sis­tent 8-year-old won this race last year, so we know he can go this far, and he is com­ing off back-to-back nar­row losses to Shoot­ing Jacket in the first two legs of the Marathon Se­ries.

◗ He is trained by Phil Hall, who has wrapped up his sec­ond straight train­ing ti­tle at Hast­ings, and his jockey, Amadeo Perez, is home and cooled out as the lead­ing rider.

Shoot­ing Jacket, by Hard Spun Last 3 Bey­ers: 71-71-64

◗ Trained by Keith Ped­er­sen, he is on a roll right now and should be heard from late. Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Cit­ron Kid in back-to-back races he got the best of Cit­ron Kid in his last two starts.

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