Bucchero Set for 2018 Debut in Saturday’s Silks Run Stakes
Mar 7, 2018
Defending Champion Pay Any Price Seeks to Make Amends
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Graded-stakes winner Bucchero is scheduled to tune up for his 2018 racing season at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s $75,000 Silks Run, a five-furlong turf sprint for older horses on a program that will also feature the $75,000 Captiva Island for older fillies and mares.
Fair Grounds-based Bucchero, who was among the top turf sprinters in the country last year, headlines a field of seven (not including main-track only entrant) that includes Pay Any Price, who set a world record while winning the 2017 Silks Run..
“He had some time off in Ocala and then brought him to the Fair Grounds. We gave him his time getting him ready. I think he’s ready. It’s a good prep for him,” trainer Tim Glyshaw said. “He’ll run next in the Grade 2 ($200,000 Shakertown) at Keeneland April 7.”
The 6-year-old son of Kantharos, a stakes winner on both turf and dirt who has earned nearly $745,000 in purses for Ironhorse Racing Inc., captured Keeneland’s $200,000 Woodford (G2) at 5 ½ furlongs on turf last fall before venturing to Del Mar for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) Nov. 4.
In the five-furlong Turf Sprint, Bucchero broke alertly from the No. 11 post, just to the inside of Christophe Clement-trained Pure Sensation, who was sent to the lead. Bucchero saved ground behind Pure Sensation but was caught in traffic behind the tiring pacesetter in the stretch, finishing fourth under Fernando De La Cruz.
“It didn’t work out as good as we would have liked. He got stuck behind Christophe’s horse. We knew he had speed but we expected there to be other speed in the race, so we just told the jockey to follow Pure Sensation, which is what we did. We didn’t know that would get us from the 11 and 12 holes to getting stuck on the rail,” Glyshaw said. “In hindsight, if we knew that no one was going to go with Pure Sensation, we probably would have told Fernando to just go.”
Bucchero finished a length behind victorious Stormy Liberal, a half-length behind runner-up Richard’s Boy and a nose behind third-place finisher Disco Partner.
“I’m not sure they would have caught him if he would have gone, but he won the race at Keeneland sitting off the pace. If think if he gets a way through, I’m not going to say he would have won, but he would have hit the board,” Glyshaw said. “He only lost by a length, so who knows? He might have won.”
The Indiana-bred sprinter finished his 2017 campaign with a fifth-place finish in the six-furlong Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship after chasing the early pace.
“He’s a six-furlong dirt horse. We’ve decided after that race, he’s a 5-5 ½ (-furlong) turf horse,” Glyshaw said. “That was just a little too far for him. He still ran a decent race. It was either the race was a little too long for him or he needs to sit off the pace. He can’t be up challenging for the lead if he’s going six (furlongs) on the turf.”
Luis Saez is scheduled to ride Bucchero for the first time in the Silks Run.
Pay Any Price is set for a title defense in the Silks Run while seeking to make amends for a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Jan. 27 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, in which he failed to take his usual pacesetting role and chased the pace before tiring.
“We gave him a couple of weeks off. He’s doing great,” said Rich Averill, whose Averill Racing LLC owns the 8-year-old gelding with Matties Racing Stables LLC. “We completely expect him to reverse his form from his last start and put in a great effort.”
A minor foot issue somewhat compromised Pay Any Price’s training prior to the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, Averill reported.
“There will be no excuses this time,” Averill said.
Last year, Pay Any Price came off a fourth-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint to register a front-running 3 ¼-length victory in the Silks Run, achieved in the world record time of 53.61 seconds.
The son of Wildcat Heir, who had won five of six starts prior to his recent disappointment, will be ridden by Edgard Zayas.
Multiple-stakes winner American Sailor enters the Silks Run off a second-place finish in the Jan. 27 Turf Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Park won by Hogy, who captured last Saturday’s Canadian Turf (G3) at Gulfstream. Trained by Wayne Potts for owner Vedhya Jagnanan, the 6-year-old gelded son of City Zip will be ridden by Nik Juarez.
Mr. Amore Stable’s Vision Perfect, a third-place finisher in the Jan. 1 Janus Stakes; Colts Neck Stables’ Pool Winner, who finished fifth in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint; Maurice Miller’s Shoshone Brave, a recent optional claiming allowance winner at Gulfstream; and Little Chesney, an optional claiming allowance winner last time out; round out the field.
Weekend Hideaway is a main-track only entrant.