SILENT VALOR SOLD AS STALLION PROSPECT
Let’s Go Stable’s graded stakes winner, Silent Valor, has been retired from racing and will commence his stud career in 2011.
A son of Lion Heart out of Few Choice Words by Valid Appeal, Silent Valor was a $320,000 Keeneland September Yearling. After running second to undefeated grade one winner Run Away and Hide on his debut, Silent Valor returned to take a Belmont Park maiden by 6¼ lengths. On his next outing, Silent Valor captured the Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth, scoring by 1½ lengths over stakes winning and multiple graded placed Officer Ipod. On his final two outings, Silent Valor travelled to California, where he was beaten only 2¾ lengths by Street Hero, and eventual two-year-old Champion Midshipman in the Nofolk Stakes (gr. I), and just 3¾ lengths by Midshipman, Square Eddie and Street Hero after a wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Silent Valor suffered a tendon injury while finishing fourth as favorite in the Spectacular Bid Stakes on his three-year-old debut. Expert veterinary opinion was that he was a suitable candidate for stem-cell surgery – which was subsequently performed – but although he returned to full soundness, he was never able to recapture his best form.
Happily, however, Silent Valor’s good looks, pedigree and race-record have secured him a second career as a stallion.