Silver of Silver may be 3rd horse to watch today Florida Derby notebook

March 20, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Even though Storm Tower and Living Vicariously are the Florida Derby favorites, Silver of Silver is gaining respect among a number of horsemen.

Howie Tesher, trainer of long shot Bull Inthe Heather, probably put it best yesterday when he said, "The one horse I am concerned about is Skippy's [referring to Skip Shapoff, trainer of Silver of Silver]. He is the only horse who has been carrying this kind of weight [122 pounds]. He was coming on strong the other day and we were getting nine pounds from him [when Bull Inthe Heather beat him for second place in a division of the Fountain of Youth Stakes]."

Silver of Silver is ridden by Jacinto Vasquez.

Alydeed scratches

The Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Handicap lost a lot of its luster yesterday when Alydeed was a late scratch.

"He is fine," trainer Roger Attfield said. "But I was a little concerned about the weight [123 pounds] he had to carry just 13 days after he ran a huge race off a layoff. I knew the track was bad this morning [from heavy showers] and I anticipated it might be off later in the afternoon. I was a little concerned this early in the year and, especially after what happened to St. Jovite, I want to be careful."

European champion St. Jovite bowed a tendon after working over the Gulfstream strip last week.

0$ Attfield added that Alydeed prob

ably will start next in the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Race Course on April 13 where he will carry 115 pounds.

Binalong won the Gulfstream Sprint Championship by two lengths over Loach.


If Living Vicariously wins the Florida Derby, it will mark the third straight victory in the race for an offspring of the stallion Time For A Change. Fly So Free and Technology, the 1991-92 winners, are both sons of the Damascus stallion. . . . Maryland trainer Bill Donovan has nine horses at Gulfstream Park and has won with most of them at the meet. Today he saddles Jacody in the $100,000 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs. Donovan recently bought six 2-year-olds at the Ocala sales for Baltimore owner Alvin Akman. Donovan purchased sons and daughters of such stallions as Clever Trick, Ferdinand, Cryptoclearance and Lost Code. He also bought a Dixieland Band colt for David Finkelstein of Pikesville. . . . Former Sagamore Farm manager Frank Alexander, who also trained a public stable in Maryland for several years, is represented in the Florida Derby by Dogwood Stable's Wallenda. The horse has been training at Calder Race Course instead of Gulfstream. . . . Charlie Hesse, part-owner of Storm Tower, said he knows the ups and downs of the horse business firsthand. "I once went two years without winning a race. Then when I finally won one, the horse was disqualified and placed second." Hesse lives near Middletown, N.J., and has six broodmares that he breeds to Kentucky stallions. He raced four stakes winners last year, including the filly, Hoya, who was trained in France by Ellie Lellouche.

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