ARCADIA, Calif.—With heavily favored Tom’s Regret stumbling badly at the start, John Sadler’s first-time starter Stone Silent sped to the lead and never looked back, taking Saturday’s $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Debutante by 3 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Ramon Vazquez, Stone Silent, a $410,000 Florida 2-year-old in training sale purchase, got five furlongs in 58.28. (Fractions on the race were 22.08 and 45.02.)
Tom’s Regret, never headed in a pair of dazzling wins, was a joint fourth heading to the half mile pole and rallied from six lengths back turning for home to be second in a big effort under Tyler Baze.
With three gate drills on her tab, her most recent a half mile in 48 flat on June 13, Stone Silent was off as the second choice at 3-1 in a field of six juvenile fillies and paid $8.00, $2.80 and $2.40.
“I think some of the commentators picked up on the fact that she worked (a quarter mile) in 20 and two in the sale, so she’s very quick,” said Sadler. “Ramon was good, he came out and worked her three times and knew her. We hadn’t really pressed her hard in the morning. We just got her fit because we knew the speed was in there.
“She’ll go into the stake program for two-year-old fillies at Del Mar. We have a couple of other ones coming along behind her, so it’s good to have the first one out and get one under our belt.”
A Florida-bred daughter of Adios Charlie out of the A.P. Jet mare Travelator, Stone Silent is owned by Talla Racing, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds and Edwin Baker and picked up $60,000 for the victory.
“I knew she was a nice filly,” said Vazquez. “She broke good and got a good position and she responded really well. I wasn’t surprised to be on the lead because she’s a first timer and nobody knew this filly could run.”
Trained by Jorge Periban, Tom’s Regret a California-bred filly by Tom’s Tribute, broke a bit inward and stumbled out of the gate with regular ride Baze doing well to remain aloft. Most recently victorious in versus 11 males in an ungraded stakes going five furlongs at Churchill Downs, she was off at 3-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10 while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of E Z Pharis.
Ridden by Kyle Frey, E Z Pharis broke well from the rail, was head and head with Golden Gate shipper Rousing Jewel to the top of the lane, but never threatened the winner while finishing a half-length in front of longshot Dancing Mo.
Off at 7-1, E Z Pharis paid $2.60 to show.
Santa Anita Press Release
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