May 29, 1997 |
Sweeping the Triple Crown series will be worth an additional $1.6 million to Silver Charm, according to an announcement Wednesday from the races' sponsor, which apparently responded to a contradiction in its bonus guidelines. If Silver Charm wins the Belmont Stakes on June 7, adding to the victories he scored in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis of Newport Beach, would end up with $6.6 million for the three races.
March 6, 1999 |
Forget about today's race. Santa Anita ought to be selling tickets for Silver Charm's workouts. In preparing for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, Silver Charm worked a mile against his stablemate and fellow Kentucky Derby winner, Real Quiet; then, five days later, Silver Charm worked five furlongs in a torrid 57 seconds, faster than the track record.
March 30, 1999 |
Trainer Bob Baffert blamed himself for the stress that might have contributed to Silver Charm's bleeding as the 5-year-old gray finished a disappointing sixth Sunday in the $5-million Dubai World Cup. "I look back at his schedule and now I can tell that we tried to do too much with him," Baffert said. "We shipped him from Santa Anita to Florida for the Donn Handicap. Then we shipped him back for the Santa Anita Handicap. Then we sent him all the way to Dubai. It was too much.
June 25, 1998 |
For the second time this year, Silver Charm has become a late withdrawal from a $1-million race. This time the colt's defection will cost Hollywood Park the chance to showcase the three best older horses in the country in Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup. Silver Charm has a fever, discovered Wednesday morning at the colt's barn at Santa Anita, and that leaves Hollywood Park with Skip Away, last year's champion older horse, and Gentlemen, the winner of last year's Gold Cup.
February 8, 1998 |
Trainer Richard Mandella says Gentlemen is "one in a million." That must make Silver Charm one in another million after the two of them wowed a rain-splattered crowd of 26,369 at Santa Anita on Saturday. About an hour after Gentlemen roared to an easy win in the San Antonio Handicap in 1:47 3/5, Silver Charm chalked up a four-length victory in the $500,000 Strub Stakes, running his 1 1/8 miles in a slightly faster 1:47 1/5.
November 7, 1998 |
Trainer Bob Baffert says that if Silver Charm runs the way he has looked this week, his horse will win the Breeders' Cup Classic. "But if he runs the way I feel, then we're in trouble," Baffert said, alluding to how social and professional considerations, along with general pre-race jitters, can overwhelm a trainer in the days before what has become the world's richest race.