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Silent Citizen Makes Big Noise in $75,000 Showing Up

Nov 3, 2018
Hogans Holiday Springs $82.40 Upset in $75,000 Cellars Shiraz
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – W. Mike Anderson’s Silent Citizen, given clear run by jockey Manny Cruz, came charging down the center of the track to reel in Linburgh’s Kitten and win the $75,000 Showing Up by a half-length Saturday at Gulfstream Park West.

The Showing Up for 3-year-olds and the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz for 3-year-old fillies, both at one mile on the grass, highlighted a 10-race card that kicks off the two-month Fall Turf Festival’s stakes program.

Sent off at 20-1 in a field of 12, Silent Citizen ($42.80) hit the wire in 1:36.76 over a course rated firm for his second career stakes win and second win in as many tries at Gulfstream West. The Hat Trick colt broke his maiden by 4 ½ lengths in debut last November, also at one mile.

Cruz settled Silent Citizen along the rail far back from 45-1 pacesetter Battle At Sea, who was in front through fractions of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.30 for the half, chased by Gemonteer with Linburgh’s Kitten saving ground in fourth. Silent Citizen got her cue rounding the far turn, finding room once straightened for home and coming with a determined run through the stretch.

Linburgh’s Kitten split Battle At Sea and Gemonteer in the final sixteenth of a mile to forge a short lead, and wound up 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Gemonteer in third. Hey Big Guy was a neck back in fourth, followed by Apostle in his turf and stakes debut, Grade 2-placed Sand Dancer, Cometin, even-money favorite Gidu, Battle At Sea, Renaisance Frolic, Watschen and Nauti Buoy.

Silent Citizen won for the fifth time from 10 starts with one second, also winning the Stanton Stakes June 13 at Delaware Park.

Hogans Holiday Springs $82.40 Upset in $75,000 Cellars Shiraz

John Grossis Racing Corp’s Hogans Holiday swept to the lead on the far outside and dueled with Grade 3 winner Go Noni Go through the final sixteenth of a mile before getting her nose down on the wire at 40-1 for her first career stakes victory.

In her stakes debut under jockey Leonel Reyes, Hogans Holiday ($82.40) completed the distance in 1:37.26. In a tightly bunched finish, Go Noni Go was a length ahead of stakes winner Florida Fuego in third, with multiple stakes-winning stablemate American Frolic a head back in fourth.

It was the second straight win for Hogans Holiday, both coming at longs odds over the Gulfstream West turf with Reyes aboard. In her previous effort, the 3-year-old daughter of The Factor rallied for a three-quarter-length optional claiming win at 20-1.

Cry Uncle took the field of 10 through a quarter-mile in 24.12 seconds and a half in 49.24, with Classy Dancer closest to her outside and Florida Fuego and Sister Sunday tracking in behind. Six furlongs went in 1:12.77 before Reyes tipped outside with Hogans Holiday, who was unhurried early in between horses and straightened for home full of run. Hogans Holiday on the outside and Go Noni Go, who split horses in mid-stretch to get into contention, matched strides to pass Classy Dancer and hold off Florida Fuego along the hedge.

Claimed for $40,000 out of a third-place finish at Saratoga this summer, Hogans Holiday now owns four wins from nine career starts.

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