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Silent Citizen Seeks to be Heard in 100K Not Surprising

Jul 4, 2018
Camila Princess Makes Return in $100,000 Martha Washington

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – W. Mike Anderson’s Silent Citizen has turned out to be a pleasant surprise for trainer Efren Loza Jr. since winning his career debut in a $20,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park West last fall.  However, after placing first in five of his six races, it won’t be a big surprise if the overachieving son of Hat Trick should win Saturday’s $100,000 Not Surprising at Gulfstream Park.
            
“He never shows good works in the morning. He’s lazy in the mornings, that’s why he started in a claiming race,” Loza said “He’s surprised me because he runs so well every time. He runs really well and tries so hard.”
         
Silent Citizen, who is scheduled to face 13 other 3-year-olds on turf in the mile Not Surprising, went to post at 16-1 upset in his debut before drawing away by 4 ½ lengths, despite Loza’s high-percentage statistics with maiden claimers.
            
“I never worked him when he showed be a good breeze in the morning,” he said. “He takes care of himself. He’s a really smart horse.”
            
Silent Citizen has displayed a highly competitive nature in all six of his career starts. Purchased for $20,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Fall Yearling Sale, the Kentucky-bred colt followed up his maiden score with a first-place finish at Tampa Bay Downs in a Jan. 19 starter allowance, only to be disqualified. He came right back at Tampa to win two of his next three starts while finishing a close second in the other start.
            
Loza shipped Silent Citizen from his Ocala Training Center base to Delaware Park June 13 for his stakes debut in the $50,000 Stanton, which he won by 1 ½ lengths over Christophe Clement-trained Up the Ante, who captured Wednesday’s Manila Stakes at Belmont Park.
            
“I was really surprised by him because he ran with a different type of horses at Delaware,” Loza said. “He always tries so hard. When he sees other horses, he’s very competitive. When he’s in his stall, he’s always sleeping, keeps very quiet. He’s a different horse in the afternoon.”
            
Silent Citizen’s competitive nature figures to be sternly tested in the Not Surprising.

“For this race, we decided to run him at Gulfstream and try him with a different type of horse and a different surface, too,” said Loza, who named Edgard Zayas to ride his stalker-closer. “He’s been training well and came out well of his last race. I think he can compete. I really like him because he tries so hard.”

Among Silent Citizen’s most imposing opponents Saturday is Teresa Viola Racing Stables and St. Elias Stable’s Coltandmississippi, who finished third in the $500,000 Penn Mile (G2) last time out.

The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile broke his maiden at first asking on dirt at Saratoga last August and won his third start in an optional claiming allowance on the main track at Gulfstream Park West.  After racing evenly in his next four starts while notching a third-place finish in the Jerome Stakes, Coltandmississippi made his turf debut with a third-place finish in the April 14 Bridgetown Stakes at Aqueduct. He just missed second by a neck while closing to finish third in the Penn Mile at Penn National last time out.

Tyler Gaffalione, who scored aboard the Pletcher trainee at Gulfstream Park West, has the mount.

Majestic Secret, who won his turf debut at Gulfstream last time out, only to be disqualified; Zippy, who finished third in the May 5 English Channel over the Gulfstream turf before an unsuccessful stakes engagement on dirt at Evangeline; Tactical Pursuit, an Irish-bred son of Tiznow who graduated impressively over the Gulfstream turf last time out; and Millionaire Runner, a seven-length winner of the off-the-turf Home of the Brave overnight stakes May 28; are also entered in the Not Surprising.

The Green Mo’ster, Gemonteer, Pass the Butter, Big Possible, Shana Tova General Paddy, Notsosubtle and Bad Boy E. J. round out the field
                  
Camila Princess Makes Return in $100,000 Martha Washington

Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Camila Princess will return to the friendly turf at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington, a mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The Oscar Gonzalez-trained filly finished seventh, beaten by four lengths, in the Wonder Again (G3) at Belmont Park June 7. In her previous start, the daughter of Animal Kingdom drew off to a 2 ¾-length triumph in the May 5 Honey Ryder Stakes at Gulfstream. The stakes victory was her third success over the Gulfstream turf.

Camila Princess, who has won four of six starts on turf, will be ridden by Miguel Vasquez, who was aboard for her Honey Ryder score.

Gonzalez also entered Unstablenthemornin, who has gone winless in 10 starts since winning her debut.

Richlyn Farm’s Silver Bay, a stakes winner on dirt, is scheduled to make her turf debut in the Martha Washington. The William Hickey-trained daughter of Currency Swap won her debut and the Juvenile Filly Turf in two starts against Florida-breds last year at Gulfstream Park West. She finished off-the-board in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in her 2018 debut March 31 before coming in fourth in the June 4 Liza Jane Stakes.

Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard for her stakes win, has the mount aboard Silver Bay.

Hickey has also entered R Paper Chaser, who finished second and was placed first in a $25,000 claimer while debuting on turf last time out.

Midnight Soiree, who finished second in an optional claiming allowance on turf last time out; Whileheelgirl, an optional claiming allowance winner at Tampa; Prospectively, who has won two of her last three in claiming company; and maiden Strike My Fancy round out the field. Kathy’s Clown is a main-track only entrant.
 



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