, SEPT. 22, 2010—Silver Stetson Man, a 6-year-old gelded son of 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, rolled to a two-length victory under Martin Garcia in the $50,000 Governor’s Cup at Fairplex Park Wednesday.
Trained by Bob Baffert for owner Mike Pegram, Silver Stetson Man paid $6.20 as the favorite and covered 6 ½ furlongs under 118 pounds in 1:17.55. Hard Bill, ridden by David Flores, was second, a nose in front of the Baffert-trained El Martillo in the field of nine. Tiz West, Hidden Blessing, El Scorpio, Winsome Charm, Position A and Triumphant Flight completed the order of finish. New Bay and All Saint were scratched.
Silver Stetson Man earned $27,750 for his fifth victory from 17 career starts.
“He had a real good trip,” said Baffert assistant Mike Marlow. “It looked like he was going to be in a little tight when he started down the backside, so Martin might have had to move a little quicker than he wanted to, but it was a good move on his part. It was probably a winning move.”
Said Garcia: “My horse has a lot of speed, but I just let him break and saw if he could relax, and he did, and I saved ground and made one run.”
For the first time this meet, Martin Pedroza did not win a race. His best was four seconds from 10 mounts. The track’s career leader in victories with 641 needs 17 over the final five days to break his record of 51 set over 17 days in 2004. He has 35 wins this meet.
Racing continues Thursday with an 11-race program starting at 1 p.m. The 15-day meet ends next Monday, Sept. 27.