Silvertoni faces six in re-scheduled Adirondack

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August 16th, 2016

Silvertoni, who captured both starts in Kentucky this spring including the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile against males at Churchill Downs, returns to dirt in Friday's $200,000 Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga.

A 6 1/2-furlong prep for the Spinaway (G1) later in the meet, the Adirondack was among the two graded stakes postponed after the latter half of last Saturday's program was canceled due to inclement weather.

A two-length winner in both her Keeneland debut and the Kentucky Juvenile for Wesley Ward, Silvertoni was no match for star European colt Caravaggio in the Coventry (G2) at Royal Ascot in mid-June.

"I think she can 'grass' as well, but she caught soggy turf over there," Ward said. "She's a big filly and she was just kind of sinking into it. She's only going to get better as she goes further. She has a big, strong, lengthy stride and it's tough to get by her because she just keeps running."

Libby's Tail and Ever So Clever, Belmont and Churchill debut winners, respectively, figure to take significant action, while Todd Pletcher is represented by Nonna Mela, who broke her maiden by more than seven lengths at Monmouth last month. Pletcher trained Monmouth graduate Sweet Loretta to victory in the Schuylerville (G3) earlier in the meet.

Also exiting a Monmouth maiden victory is Romantic Music, who breaks from the rail under Kendrick Carmouche. Olive Branch, who was scratched from the Adirondack last Saturday prior to its postponed, was re-entered.

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