May 31, 1999 |
Chris Antley, who rode Charismatic to victory in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is the new rider for Silver Charm, who won the Derby and Preakness while ridden by Gary Stevens in 1997. Antley's first assignment aboard Silver Charm will be in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12. The mount on Silver Charm opened up after Stevens left Saturday for England, where he will be a contract rider for trainer Michael Stoute this season.
January 31, 1999 |
Life isn't fair. Sports shouldn't be either. Michael Jordan didn't have to play with ankle weights, did he? Terrell Davis doesn't have to carry 10 extra pounds under his shoulder pads. Tiger Woods doesn't have to play left-handed. But look what they did to Silver Charm in the Donn Handicap on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. With Skip Away in retirement, Silver Charm entered 1999 as the No. 1 contender for horse of the year. His reward?
October 30, 2004 |
Silver Charm, the winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has been sold and will continue his career as a stallion in Japan. The 10-year-old son of Silver Buck, who hasn't been a particularly successful sire at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., since his retirement from racing in 1999, was sold to the Japan Racing Assn. for an undisclosed price. Robert Clay, the syndicate manager, announced the sale.
March 20, 1997 |
Defeat in the San Felipe Stakes a year ago preceded victory in the Santa Anita Derby for trainer Bob Baffert. The same scenario could play out in 1997 for Baffert, looking to win his second training title in the last three years at Santa Anita. Cavonnier, who finished third in the 1996 San Felipe behind Odyle and Smithfield, won the Derby three weeks later. He lost by a nose to Grindstone in the Kentucky Derby the next month.
January 23, 1999 |
Best Of The Rest has suffered a knee injury, costing him a chance to run against Silver Charm in the $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Florida a week from today. Best Of The Rest's exclusion means that Silver Charm will face a probable field made up of Behrens, Frisk Me Now, Hanarsaan, Sir Bear and Unruled. There isn't a Skip Away, Awesome Again or Gentlemen in this group, so Bob Baffert, who trains Silver Charm, can be excused for being realistic about his horse's chances.
June 14, 1998 |
Silver Charm's first race at Churchill Downs concluded better than did his second Saturday. A little more than 13 months after his memorable victory in the Kentucky Derby, the gray son of Silver Buck was upset in a race that was to be a showcase for him. Ridden perfectly by jockey Pat Day, Awesome Again, a 5-1 shot, rallied in the stretch to beat the 2-5 favorite by a length in the $799,500 Stephen Foster Handicap.