BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-breds Dream Concert, Beauty of the Sea and Stone Silent are part of a full field of 10 sophomore fillies, plus two on the also eligible list and three main track only entrants, entered for the $150,000 Galway at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.
Among the three Florida-breds, Stone Silent has been given the most respect on the morning line with 9-2 odds in the program while Beauty of the Sea is at 10-1 and Dream Concert is 30-1 in the five-and-a-half furlong sprint on the turf.
Stone Silent races in the colors of owners Talla racing and West Point Thoroughbreds and looks to repeat her wire-to-wire victory against first level allowance fillies going five furlongs on the grass at Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 13. That was the second career victory in five starts for the Steve Asmussen trainee, who also won the Fasig-Tipton Debutante by three-and-a-quarter lengths in her first career start going five furlongs at Santa Anita in June of last year when trained by John Sadler.
She started 2023 with the Sadler barn at Oaklawn Park where she finished fifth in the $150,000 Dixie Belle won by Klassy Bridgette before shipping to Keeneland where she finished out of the money in the $208,000 FanDuel Limestone won by Galway rival Love Reigns (Ire) going five-and-a-half furlongs in her turf debut.
She was then transferred to Asmussen and finished second in a first-level allowance race won by Isabel Alexandra (Ire), who is also entered in the Galway, on June 24 at Horseshoe Indianapolis before winning her last race.
Stone Silent is by Ocala Stud stallion Adios Charlie out of Travelator, by A.P. Jet and she has two wins and a second in five starts with earnings of $93,550. Bred by Willaim J. Terrell and Frank De Savino, Stone Silent was purchased by her owners for $410,000 out of the Ocala Stud consignment at last year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Sale.
Ricardo Santana Jr. will ride Stone Silent for the first time Saturday and they have post nine.
Florida-bred Beauty of the Sea (#2) – Bill Denver Equi-Photo
Beauty of the Sea exits a victory in her stakes debut in the $140,000 Blue Sparkler going five-and-a-half furlongs on the turf at Monmouth Park on July 15, which was her fourth straight win. Trained by Joseph Orseno for Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC, Beauty of the Sea began her streak with a gate-to-wire score against $50,000 maiden optional claiming fillies going five furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream in May before winning a first level, $20,000 optional claiming against Florida-bred fillies going five-and-a-half furlongs on the all-weather surface at Gulfstream on June 3.
“She handled the turf great at Monmouth,” Orseno said of Beauty of the Sea. “Those horses she beat shipped down to us, but we’re going up to them now. This is a logical next step to see if she can progress a bit more.”
With the Blue Sparkler Score, she presented her sire, Pleasant Acres Stallions resident Bucchero, with his first stakes winner and pushed her career bankroll to $118,960 from three wins and a second in five starts. The chestnut filly is out of Belong to Sea, by Poseidon’s Warrior and was bred by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc.
Edgard Zayas has the mount and Beauty of the Sea will depart from post two.
Dream Concert was sixth in the Blue Sparkler, which also featured Galway runners My Sweet Affair and Love Appeals, who finished second and third respectively. That was somewhat of a disappointing effort for Dream Concert after she had won her previous start as the 5-2 favorite against first level allowance fillies going six furlongs at Monmouth on June 3.
The daughter of Jess’ Dream out of Spanish Concert, by Concerto looks to rebound in the Galway and improve on her record of two wins and a second in five starts. An earner of $71,770, Dream Concert was bred by James Michael Chicklo.
The chestnut filly will be ridden in the Galway by Junior Alvarado and they have drawn in the rail.
Although Love Reigns has not started since taking the Limestone, the Wesley Ward-trained daughter of U S Navy Flag has been labeled the morning line favorite at 5-2.
A nine-and-three-quarter-length winner of a maiden special weight going five-and-a-half furlongs on the turf in her first career start at Keeneland last year in April, Love Reigns also won the $150,000 Bolton Landing sprinting five-and-a-half furlongs on the Saratoga turf in August of last year. She finished her 2-year-old season with a disappointing eighth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint won by Mischief Magic (Ire) at Keeneland before returning in the Limestone for her only start of 2023.
Out of Humble and Proud (Ire), by Pivotal (GB), Love Reigns has won three of five career starts with earnings of $242,065.
She will break from post eight in the Galway and Joel Rosario has taken the riding assignment.
The remaining entrants for the Galway include Isabel Alexandra with jockey Reylu Gutierrez, Love Appeals and rider Manny Franco, Anna’s Arabesque with Dylan Davis in the irons, Redifined and pilot Jose Ortiz, L J’s Emma with Luis Saez in the saddle and My Sweet Affair and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Reflexivity (Ire), Weekend Rags are on the also eligible list while Unified Alliance, Obrigada and Cuz Ur Pretty hold spots for main track only.