SILENT STALK WINS SECOND IN ROW OVER HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2009) – Silent Stalk, who has blossomed with the addition of blinkers to her racing equipment, gained her second successive victory over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Thursday when fighting off several late challenges to gamely capture Santa Anita’s seventh race, a $51,860 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies.

After setting the early pace under Tyler Baze in the 6 ½-furlong event, the bay daughter of Petionville prevailed by a nose over Gold Goddess with 2-1 favored Starlarks another length back in the field of seven.

Trained by Julio Canani for the partnership of Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Silent Stalk covered the distance in 1:13.17.

As the 5-2 second choice, she paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.80. Gold Goddess, ridden by Danny Sorenson, returned $4.20 and $3.20. Starlarks, with Alex Solis aboard, paid $2.80 to show.

After a third and a second in her first two starts last year, Silent Stalk finished a well-beaten third as the 9-10 favorite in her third effort as a maiden. After a brief hiatus, she returned wearing blinkers to finish a creditable second over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.

Silent Stalk proceeded to break her maiden in her first start over the hillside turf course on March 14 with Baze in the saddle before extending the streak to two on Thursday. The winning purse of $28,800 elevated her career earnings to $81,800.

Santa Anita will present the final offering of its popular “Free Fridays” programs on Friday with free general admission to all attendees and free box seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee are priced at $1. The 84-day winter/spring race meeting comes to a close on Sunday.

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