Fort Silky Finishes First At Balmoral
Apr 17

Fort Silky swept from last to first in the final quarter mile, winning the $10,000 free-for-all handicap pace on Saturday night at Balmoral Park in a final clocking of 1:52.1.

With driver Marcus Miller in tow, Fort Silky took back to sixth and last from the outside post position. While he was content to watch the action, Kansas Wildcat (Dale Hiteman) and Major Monet (Dean Magee) traded the lead through opening-half stations of :28.4 and :56.2.

Major Monet was still on the lead at the 1:24.4 three-quarter mile marker, and continued to show the way in the stretch, but Fort Silky, who set things up from third-over on the turn, began to pace up to the leader, wearing him down and using a :26.1 final kicker to get up for the one length tally. Delightful Five (Todd Warren) was the runner-up and Major Monet was third.

Trainer John Prentice also co-owns Fort Silky, a four-year-old Ft Apache Hanover gelding, with partner Neva Grevengoed. This was Fort Silky's sixth win from a dozen 2010 efforts and his 11th career victory. He has now earned $23,295 this year and $71,988 lifetime.


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