Race Recaps

Pure Silver Dominates G2 Adirondack

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Twin Creeks Farm’s Pure Silver continued her unbeaten streak, defeating a field of seven other juvenile fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack.

Under jockey John Velazquez, Pure Silver was a beat slow leaving the gate but quickly established command. She was never seriously threatened while setting fractions of :22.44, :45.48, and 1:10.56 before crossing the line in 1:17.22 for the 6 1/2-furlong event.

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“We expected to be on the lead,” Velazquez said. “We did break very well. I used her a little bit to make sure I was going to be close the pace. Once I got to the spot I wanted to be in, I just waited there. She did a good job settling around the turn and finished up really well.”

Despite her growing lead on the stretch, Velazquez urged the Todd Pletcher-trained 2-year-old through to the finish line, allowing her to show off her ability to go even longer than the race’s stretch-out in distance.

“She won pretty convincingly; she’s pretty fast,” said Pletcher, who won last year’s edition with Nonna Mela. “She didn’t actually get away quite as easily as she normally does, but she made up for it quickly and got to the lead the right way. She kind of ran them off their feet from there. It’s been a hard track sometimes to make up a lot of ground on. We knew that this filly was naturally fast and we were going to let her do her thing.”

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Southampton Way crossed 9 1/2 lengths behind in second, with Wall of Compassion a further length back in third. Stainless overcame a bad stumble out of the gate and finished strongly for fourth ahead of Sly RoxyLimited ViewProportionality, and Di Maria completed the order of finish.

The Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway on September 2 could be Pure Silver’s next start.

“I think we’ll certainly take a look at it,” Pletcher said. “She’s a filly who has carried her condition really well. Now having run three times, she looks fantastic.”

Pure Silver returned $5.40 to win, $3.30 to place, and $2.90 to show. Southampton Way brought back $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show, while Wall of Compassion paid $7.10 to show.

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