‘Silver’ seeks encore victory in Broadway Stakes
By Bob Ehalt
History will try to repeat itself on Saturday when Startwithsilver will try to notch back-to-back wins in the $100,000 Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct.
The six-furlong sprint for New York State-bred fillies and mares attracted a field of eight, including its 2018 winner.
Startwithsilver was a decisive six-length winner of the last year’s Broadway for trainer Linda Rice during a 2018 campaign that ended in June. Following the Broadway, the 6-year-old daughter of Jump Start was third in the Correction, an open stakes, and then won an open allowance race at Aqueduct before finishing second in the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico and sixth in the Regret Stakes at Monmouth on June 17.
Unraced since then, Startwithsilver has been working steadily for her comeback and was pegged at 3-1 odds in the morning line.
Rice will also send out Holiday Disguise, the 5-2 second choice who is also making her 2019 debut.
Last seen in the Iroquois Stakes for state-breds in October, Holiday Disguise has not won since May 28, 2018 when she prevailed in the Critical Eye Stakes for state-breds at a mile.
The 2-1 favorite is Pauseforthecause, a 4-year-old filly who opened the new year on Jan. 5 in the La Verdad Stakes for state-breds by finishing third, 11 lengths behind the winner on a sloppy track.
Even with that loss, Pauseforthecause has finished no worse than third in her last five starts, dating back to last August at Saratoga.
Filibustin (6-1) is coming off a victory in her last start, winning an open Feb. 1 allowance race by 4 ½ lengths in decisive fashion for trainer Gary Contessa.
Absatootly (8-1) has been idle since August when she lost by 46 ½ lengths in the Union Avenue at Saratoga.
Palladian Bridge (10-1) will be looking to rebound from a dismal 26 ½-length loss in the La Verdad and put in a quick 48 2/5 seconds blowout on Jan. 30 to prep for Saturday’s race.
The rest of the field includes I Still Miss You (15-1) and Queeb (50-1).