Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 27, 2010 . . . Silver Time reached deep to take the $50,000 Queen Stakes by the barest of noses at Turfway Park Saturday, coming back in the last few strides to defeat the impressive late run of Proud Heiress.
Silver Time was out quickly from the outside post to vie for the lead with Sweet Gladys and Secret Gypsy, with Sweet Gladys getting the best of it early as she set the first quarter-mile in a sizzling :21.86. By the half-mile, however, Silver Time was half a length in front while continuing the hot pace in :44.87, with Secret Gypsy just off her flank and Sweet Gladys beginning to drop back. As Silver Time led into the turn for home, Proud Heiress was making her run, and with a furlong to go Silver Time again found herself vying head to head for the lead. Deep inside the final half-furlong Proud Heiress put her head in front and seemed poised to win, but Silver Time dug in to retake the lead and the trophy. The fight belonged to those two; third place Secret Gypsy was another 5 3/4 lengths back in third. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.15.
"All the credit goes out to (trainer) Jeff (Barkley)," said winning jockey John McKee. "He just told me to take her out there and let her be comfortable. She has a lot of speed anyways. When she changed to her left lead, she gave me another gear. I think that made all the difference today."
Completing the order of finish were She's Extreme, Sweet Gladys, Indian Footsteps, Life Lesson, Vegas Wedding, Rinterval, and Prairie Prize.
Sent off at 20-1, Silver Time's determination rewarded her backers with $42, $13, and $6.20.
A four-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie out of the Smart Strike mare Casanova Striker, Silver Time was bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones. The Queen was her first stakes victory and boosted her earnings to $120,848 for owner Cottonwood Stables LLC. She now has four wins, two seconds, and one third in 14 career starts.