[quote author=DRF] Life in the old boy yet
Step aside, youngsters: Silverfoot is back in the game.
While 10-year-old Better Talk Now was finishing third in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont on Saturday, 9-year-old Silverfoot was making his first start of 2009 at Arlington in The Tin Man Stakes. He won it, and looked good enough in the process that Silverfoot might reasonably be aimed at the Arlington Million on Aug. 8 - exactly what trainer Dallas Stewart has in mind.
Stewart said Silverfoot, who returned to Churchill over the weekend, would next race on July 11 in the Arlington Handicap, but that "the real goal" of this summer campaign was a return to the Million, in which Silverfoot finished a close fourth despite a less-than-ideal trip in 2008.
Silverfoot does his best running in the stretch, but tends to come around horses on the far outside. Saturday, jockey Chris Emigh ducked toward the rail for racing room in midstretch, and with surprisingly rapid acceleration, Silverfoot closed quickly and got up by a neck. The competition was not the strongest, but the nine-furlong distance was shorter than Silverfoot's best, and the horse is likely to improve off the comeback run.
"It was a thriller watching him perform," said Stewart. "He seems good, doesn't seem tired, doesn't seem out of sorts at all right now."[/quote]