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Fog of War Back in Paradise

5/24/2019


Fog of War will make his 3-year-old debut among a field of eight in Saturday's Paradise Creek going seven furlongs on turf at Belmont Park.

Trained by Chad Brown, the well-bred son of War Front won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine last year, when he defeated War of Will by three-quarters of a length. Fog of War will be guided by jockey Javier Castellano from post 2.

Stretching out in distance for trainer Mark Casse is Strike Silver, who won the Indian Summer at Keeneland as a 2-year-old. Owned by John Oxley, the son of Violence has never raced past six furlongs and was 11th, beaten six lengths in the last out Palisades Turf Sprint on April 4 at Keeneland.

Strike Silver is a winner on both dirt and turf.

"I thought that he was a nice horse on the dirt but thought that the turf would move him up," Casse said. "I didn't feel that he was as good as some of our other horses so we gave him a shot on the turf. Last time at Keeneland, it seemed like he didn't really have running on his mind, but since then he's trained well. When you have a 3-year-old that's already won a stake, there aren't a whole lot of options and sometimes you end up running in races that aren't exactly what you're looking for. I prefer to stay with straight three-year-olds this time of year."

Irad Ortiz, Jr. will pilot Strike Silver who will emerge from the rail.

Also stretching out in distance following a close second in the William Walker at Churchill Downs is Uncapped.  Trained by Brendan Walsh, the chestnut son of First Samurai is in search of his first victory on grass but ran his three highest Beyer Speed Figures in his trio of starts on turf. He broke his maiden second time out over the main track at Churchill Downs last November.

His last two starts took place against stakes company going five furlongs on turf, including a last-out second in the Walker that earned an 80 Beyer number.

"It won't be a problem for him," Walsh said of the added distance. "Five to five-and-a-half is a bit on the sharp side. In his last race, he missed the break and if he broke better he would have been right there. The extra distance should suit him fine."

Breaking from post 8, Uncapped will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Completing the field are Dunph (post 3, Kendrick Carmouche), Pole Setter (post 4, Luis Saez), Pulsate (post 5, Manny Franco), Ian Glass (post 6, Joel Rosario) and Mucho (post 7, Jose Ortiz).

The Paradise Creek is slated as Race 9 on Saturday's 10-race card. First post is 1:30 p.m.

The Paradise Creek is named in honor of the 1994 Champion Turf Horse who was a four-time grade 1 winner. Trained by Bill Mott, Paradise Creek captured prestigious events like the Arlington Million and Washington D.C. International and retired with career earnings of $3,401,416.


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