Silver Tango got off to an inauspicious start yesterday in the $40,000 Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday.
She broke so slowly and was so far back, "I thought she was going to be eased," said trainer Gary Capuano.
But the 4-year-old filly came from last place in the seven-horse field and caught Mixed Appeal one jump from the wire, winning by a nose. Absolutely Great, the early pacesetter, tired and finished third, 3 1/2 lengths behind the top pair.
Silver Tango, with Mike Luzzi aboard, ran the six furlongs in 1 minute, 11 4/5 seconds.
It was the first victory for Silver Tango since the Francis Scott Key Handicap at Laurel on Jan. 11.
She had spent most of the winter racing in the shadows of Wood So and Wide Country. In her last start, the Marigold Stakes at Turfway Park, she turned in an inexplicably poor race.
"We still don't know what happened there," Capuano said. "But she never ran [even] a little bit."
Silver Tango has made her reputation as a sprinter, but Capuano said he thinks it's time to stretch her out. Her future might be in route races. "She's getting older, and seems to have lost the early zip she used to have," he said.
The Primonetta was the filly's 10th victory in 15 starts and increased her career earnings to $254,785.
NOTES: Jockeys Edgar Prado (eight) and Luzzi (five) have won 13 of the stakes races run in Maryland this year. . . . This is the second year straight year that Luzzi won the Primonetta. He won the race last year aboard now-retired In The Curl. In The Curl was trained by Dale Capuano, Gary's older brother. . . . Prado was VTC shut out of a stakes victory this weekend. He finished second on Frottage in the Deputed Testamony Stakes on Saturday, which was won by 22-year-old Larry Reynolds on John The Bold, and third in the Primonetta on Absolutely Great. . . . Eight horses have been entered to run against Kentucky Derby favorite Arazi in the one-mile Prix Omnium tomorrow at Saint Cloud, near Paris, on heavy turf. Among them are three of Arazi's stablemates, Star Beam, Carson Bay and Akiko. Post time for the race is approximately 3:35 p.m. in France, or 9:35 a.m. in Baltimore. ABC's "Wide World of Sports" is expected to show tape of the race during its coverage of the Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland on Saturday.