August 20, 2017

Pure Silver faces seven in Adirondack

Pure Silver wins the Lynbrook Stakes under jockey John Velazquez on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (c) NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography

Two-year-old filly Pure Silver has wired her two races to date, breaking her maiden by 1 1/2 lengths on June 22 and capturing the Lynbrook Stakes by that same margin on July 16. The Todd Pletcher trainee will go for the winning hat trick on Saturday against seven fellow juvenile fillies in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.

Pure Silver’s two victories both came at Belmont Park, and she’s been training there ever since. The gray daughter of Mission Impazible will have the familiar presence of jockey John Velazquez in the saddle as she tackles Saratoga for the first time here.

“She’s two-for-two so far and doing well,” Pletcher said. “We were originally thinking about waiting for the Seeking the Ante (Stakes), but she’s training well and this looks like a relatively compact field so we are going to take a shot at open company.

“She’s been very good so far, very straightforward. She’s a precocious two-year-old.”

Pletcher will also saddle Stainless in the Adirondack, and that Flatter filly will break directly outside of Pure Silver’s inside post.

Stainless broke her maiden at first on May 29 at Gulfstream Park by 3 1/2 lengths, but was a well-beaten third following a very wide trip in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) at the Spa on July 21. Manuel Franco has the call on the gray lass for the first time on Saturday.

Trainer Horacio de Paz also has a pair of fillies entered in the Adirondack – Proportionality and Southampton Way.

Proportionality just broke her maiden last out on July 9 while making her career bow at Laurel Park. Paco Lopez holds the reins on the Discreet Cat miss in her first try against winners. Southampton Way took two tries to get that initial win, finishing fifth in her debut at Pimlico on May 25 before returning on July 21 at Saratoga to record a one-length score. Ricardo Santana Jr. was aboard for that first win and retains the mount in the Adirondack.

“Southampton Way came out of her race in real good order,” De Paz said. “She stayed here after the race, it’s a quick turnaround, but she recovered after that race really good, so we’ll move forward.

“We thought highly of her as a weanling, a very grand looking filly. Everything she did seemed like she had the mind to be a very nice filly. She’s very forward (and) professional, other than her first race. She lost it a little bit (of) her maturity in the post parade, then it rained and she took to the track as good as we thought she would, but other than that she has been very forward. We think very highly of her.”

As for Proportionality, De Paz remarked, “It seems like this can be a light field, so hopefully we can get some black-type. I don’t think she’s better than the other filly, but we’re going to take a shot.

“She’s doing good off of that win down there in Maryland. I think 6 1/2 furlongs is a little too far for her, probably three quarters would be her game, but for her first race, she necessarily wasn’t a higher percent for that race, she still had a lot of conditioning she needed to get done, but the race is going to help her out with that. It was a gutsy win for her, so it seems like she wants to compete, and she came out of that doing really well. We worked her, and she settled in well, she’s eating well, she’s really happy.”

Sly Roxy, Limited View and Wall of Compassion each recorded their first wins last out. Sly Roxy easily captured her July 27 debut in an off-the-turf maiden special weight at Saratoga by 5 1/2 lengths. Limited View scored a 3 3/4-length victory on June 17 at Laurel Park. Wall of Compassion got her nose in front on the wire of a July 7 maiden special weight at Belmont Park.

Di Maria, a first-out maiden winner who finished third by a half-length in the Brave Raj Stakes last out on July 1 at Gulfstream Park, completes the Adirondack field.

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