Except for one Wide attempt, Silver Tango has shot straight every time.
The filly sped down the center of the track in the $60,000 Politely Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, passing Overdue Ghost and giving her a 5-for-6 lifetime mark.
Silver Tango's only loss came against Wide Country, the reigning local queen.
"I don't really want to run against her again soon," said trainer Gary Capuano, who trains Silver Tango for his mother, Constance. "I'll probably be giving her a little breather."
Into the stretch, Silver Tango, the even-money favorite, had only Overdue Ghost to catch. Overdue Ghost was the racetrack good thing: Despite having run just once, she was a strong 2-1 second choice in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies.
Overdue Ghost, ridden by Marco Castaneda, still had an open lead in mid-stretch of the 6-furlong race, but Silver Tango gradually wore her down. "You did a good job," trainer Mike Trombetta told Castaneda. "We just ran into a gorilla."
Capuano alluded to the $75,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes at Pimlico on April 28 as a next possible start for Silver Tango, but Bob Camac already has targeted the race as Wide Country's prep for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. In their only clash, Wide Country won the $200,000 Pimlico Oaks, with Silver Tango second by 8 1/2 lengths.
"I want to run [Silver Tango] a distance next time," Capuano said. "I don't know what I'll do."
Mike Luzzi, who ended a six-victory weekend in the Politely and is 4-for-4 on Silver Tango, said: "It was her first time inside of horses [referring to her position behind Overdue Ghost in the early stages], but that didn't bother her. She shot on through."
The $11.20 Exacta payoff was a cheap one, but appropriate for the top two. Silver Tango was bought privately for $3,800 as a 2-year-old, and Joseph "Buddy" Bertazon Jr. paid just $900 for Overdue Ghost at a 1989 yearling sale.
The $36,000 winner's purse increased Silver Tango's earnings to $134,230. She ran the distance in 1 minute, 11 1/5 seconds over a fast track.
Nicki rallied mildly to be third, another 4 1/2 lengths behind Overdue Ghost.
NOTES: Luzzi won 2 races yesterday, adding to his Saturday 4-bagger. He has rallied to within 4 winners (26-22) of leader Edgar Prado in the 19-day-old meet. . . . Silver Tango, now a 3-time stakes-winner, is Gary Capuano's first stakes winner. Gary, 27, is 1 year younger than Dale Capuano, the meet's current leading trainer. Dale was at Philadelphia Park yesterday to saddle In The Curl for a victory in the $25,000 Musket Stakes. . . . Wait For the Lady, a winner of 3 straight stakes in Maryland, probably will make her next start in the $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap at Sportsman's Park in Chicago on May 4, trainer King Leatherbury said.