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You Bet He's Ultra-Consistent (00/28/13)
Posted Saturday September 28, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The most consistent racehorse on the circuit returns to competition Saturday night when Fort Silky takes on eight strong pacers in Balmoral Park’s $17,000 Invitational Pace.
How consistent has the 7-year-old Fort Silky been for his driver Casey Leonard this year? It’s been an astonishing 18 consecutive races where the horse has finished either first or second.
“Really,” said Casey. “I knew he’s been 1 or 2 in a lot of races and has made a lot of money but I had no idea he’s been first or second that many times in a row. I have to say he’s the most consistent horse I’ve ever driven. Every week he goes out there he’s the same horse. It’s really pretty amazing.”
The last time Fort Silky didn’t finish 1 or 2 in a race was all the way back in a mid-March Balmoral invite when he ended up fifth and that night he was locked in and finished only a quarter of a length out of second.
What’s also remarkable is that every race in Fort Silky’s streak has come competing in either an Invite or an ICF stake race. And in most of those Invites the Terry Leonard trainee was handicapped with an outside post.
Fort Silky went over the $200,000 mark in season earnings and the half-million plateau in money won with his second place finish to A Cool Card in the Maurello Final on Super Night for his Paw Paw Illinois owners John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler.
Saturday he’ll leave from the six-post when he opens as the 5-2 morning line second choice behind the Sawgrass Farms strong entry led by Best Man Hanover (2-1, Mike Oosting) who will have stable-mates Onhishonor Hanover and Tink And Tiger coupled in the wagering.
Brooklyn Flight (8-1, Bobby Smolin), last week’s surprise Invite winner at 18-1 odds has the four slot, right next to Breakin the Law (5-1, Jason Brewer) who was a close third a week ago when he made his Balmoral debut for trainer Kathy Millman.
Last Saturday’s runner-up Major Monet (9-1, Dale Hiteman) landed the eight-slot. Firstclassallthway (10-1, John De Long) makes his first start at Balmoral since August 3 from the outside 9-slot. Longshot Sports Fanatic (12-1, Matt Krueger) as the two-post.
Also on the same card is the $13,000 Bye Bye Byrd stake for ICF sophomore pacers who weren’t 1 through 5 in the Langley Final or 1-2 in the Consolation. The Nick Giberson trained entry of Drunk On You (Dean Magee) and Silver Devil (Casey Leonard) are the 5-2 programmed favorites.
Trainer Erv Miller has two of his Super Night ICF champions competing at Hoosier Park Saturday evening. Langley champ Mystical Walter is the 5-2 favorite in a $22,500 event for 3-year-old open company colts and geldings while Maurello winner A Cool Card opens at 4-1 in the Indiana track’s $32,000 Invite, a race where he finished second a week ago.
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Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) return to action with 18 straight races of 1st or 2nd.
Balmoral Park Photo
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