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Apr 21, 2006

Breeders' Cup Sprint champ upset at Aqueduct


Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - Reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Silver Train was upset in Thursday's third race at Aqueduct in a $56,000 optional/allowance race. Silver Train was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the three horse field.

Posting the wire-to-wire upset in the six furlong race was eight-year-old Spooky Mulder. The gelding took the lead right out of the gate and went on to register a one length win over the favorite.

Silver Train, ridden by Mike Smith, was third at the top of the stretch and did not move into second place until the final 50 yards. Primary Suspect finished third, a neck behind Silver Train. The original field of six was reduced by three scratches. There was no place or show wagering.

Jockey Eibar Coa guided Spooky Mulder through the six furlongs in 1:09.50.

Silver Train was ridden by Mike Smith for just second time in the colt's career. Edgar Prado was aboard for the Breeders' Cup win at Belmont Park last October.

Owned by Buckram Oak Farm, Silver Train finish seventh place at Gulfstream Park in his first race of the year in the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap in March. Silver Train is trained by Rick Dutrow, Jr. and is expected to start next in the Met Mile on Memorial Day at Belmont Park.

Spooky Mulder is owned by Bruce Golden and Ben Mondello, and trained by Scott Lake. This was the gelding's 25th career win and was worth $33,000. He returned $5.90 for the victory.

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