Day At The Track

The Silva steam roller keeps on thundering

01:12 PM 28 Apr 2011 NZST
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Muscle Hill Jerry Silva with his wife Theresa
Muscle Hill - Absolutely thrashed his nine opponents
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Jerry Silva with his wife Theresa - who paid $210,000 for Donato Hanover filly Spyglass Volo.
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Don't be surprised to see champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor back racing in the United States next year. That's the opinion of one of North America's most prominent harness racing owners and 'Reactor' shareholder, Jerry Silva.

“We haven’t seen the best of him up here yet and the public here deserve to see him in peak condition. I remember when we came down to New Zealand in 2009 to watch him in the Auckland Cup. He was absolutely awesome that night. He had champion qualities,” the 76-year-old Long Islander told Harnesslink.

“We are hoping Mark (Purdon) brings him north again,” he added.

If anyone knows a champion it's Silva. He’s owned plenty.

The list of horses owned by Jerry Silva is an impressive one to say the least.

On the trotting side, a handful include Cantab Hall, Snow White, Strong Yankee, Enough Talk, and Deweycheatumnhowe. Self Possessed and Muscle Hill. He rated the latter three as the best he had owned.

Some of his best pacers included Art Major, Southwind Tempo, Tug River Princess, and 2009 World Record Holder One More Laugh.“I love harness racing. I always have done since 1966 when I started going to Roosevelt Raceway. It’s a terrific sport and I’m in mo hurry to retire from it,” Silva said.

You only have to look at his racing team in 2011 to know that Silva is still fully immersed in harness racing.

His 3-year-old trotting colts include Manofmanymissions (1:53.2) – a son of Yankee Glide, who has won four of his six starts and $432,900.

Blue Porsche (1:54.1) – a son of Glidemaster, and the winner of five of his nine starts at $405,661.

Chapter Seven (1;55) - a son of Windsongs Legacy, and the winner of seven of his eight starts and just over $200,000.

In the pacing colt division Silva made mention of a 3-year-old son of Cams Card ShardShadyshark Hanover (1:50.4), who has won four of his 12 starts and $524,832.

When asked about his trotting fillies in 2011 Silva singled out Crys Dream (1:54.3), a daughter of Taurus Dream, who has won seven of her eight starts and $596,065.

Pacing fillies and mares: Strike An Attitude (1:51.2), a 3-year-old daughter of Western Hanover, who has won six of her 14 starts and $582,614.

Then there’s this Saturday’s Blue Chip $301,000 Matchmaker 8-5 favorite at Yonkers Raceway – Ginger And Fred (1:50.3). She is 5-year-old daughter of Real Artist, who has won 20 of her 66 starts and more than $1.4 million in purses.

Laughandbehappy (1:51.2) – a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare, who has won 25 of her 41 starts and $327,285 in stakes.

“I’ve also got Wishing Stone (1:51.2), who is racing in Europe. He’s a talented trotter who has won nine times and just over $1 million,” Silva said of his 4-year-old Conway Hall horse.

“I’ve got some wonderful trotters alright, but I tell you Muscle Hill is going to be hard to duplicate,” he added.

Many owners would be happy with just one of the above mentioned standardbreds, but there’s more.

Perhaps the best of them being champion pacer One More Laugh (1:47.4), who will also be racing this Saturday. That 4-year-old son of McArdle has won 18 of his 33 starts and just over $2.1 million.

There’s many others as well and there’s bound to be many more in the future, as Silva hinted.

“I’m in for an exciting year. I didn’t have many 2-year-olds last year and I’ve got a few more in 2011. Most of them are still preparing so it’s difficult to single out some for you. But I do have some Muscle Hill weanlings and I will have seven yearlings up for grabs at the Sales this year.”

Silva loves buying at the Lexington Sales. He knows a good one when he sees one.

He and Tom & Lou Pontone’s TLP Stable of Kearny, NJ purchased Muscle Hill as a yearling and added Muscle Hill Racing LLC of Long Beach, NY and Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ to the partnership in April of 2009.

Muscle Hill won the Breeders Crown in 2008 and 2009 and was driven by Brian Sears and trained by Greg Peck.

He showed great promise as a two year old, winning the 2008 Breeders Crown Two Year Old Colt Trot. He went on to win over $800,000 that year.

In 2009 he went on to win all of his races as a three year old, including the Hambletonian, the Canadian Trotting Classic, the World Trotting Derby, the 2009 Kentucky Futurity and the Breeders Crown.

The brilliant son of Muscles Yankee then retired to stud with career prize money of $3,273,342, and having won the last 20 of the 21 races in which he competed.

Like Muscle Hill, some of Silva’s top-liners have retired. More recently these include world record holder Southwind Tempo (1:48.2 – 38 wins and $2.4 million); Tug River Princess (1:49.3 – 28 wins and $1.8 million); Spicy Wings (1:54.3 – seven wins and $569,771); and Munis Blue Chip (1:56.1 – 13 wins and $471,127).

Silva is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chem Rx, which he founded more than 40 years ago. Chem Rx is a long-term care pharmacy, headquartered in Long Beach, which services New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Jerry Silva – Muscle Hill video:

$1.5 million 2009 Hambletonian Final

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