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Silent Sonet looks to get back on winning track in Zadracarta

June 27, 2019

TORONTO, June 27, 2019 – Silent Sonet, bred and owned by Ivan Dalos, looks for her first victory of the season on Saturday’s Queen’s Plate undercard at Woodbine in the $100,000 Zadracarta Stakes, one of two added-money events she won in 2018.

A five-time winner from 18 starts, the defending Zadracarta champion will be making her sixth appearance in 2019. Silent Sonet’s best finish this campaign was a runner-up effort in the Ballade Stakes on May 11.

The five-year-old daughter of Silent Name (JPN) comes into the seven-furlong race off a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes.

Nick Gonzalez, just four wins away from 1,500 for his career, trains the bay mare that’s posted nine top-three finishes.

Silent Sonet made her career debut a winning one, taking a five-furlong main track race at Woodbine on May 20, 2017. Breaking from the outside post 12, the bay got away tenth, but was 1 ½-lengths on top at the stretch call. At the wire, she was 6 ¾-lengths clear of her nearest rival.

One race later, Silent Sonet contested her first added-money affair, the Alywow Stakes, finishing fourth. After another win, the Ontario-bred was third in the Passing Mood Stakes.

In her next engagement, the La Prevoyante Stakes on September 10, 2017, Silent Sonet recorded her first added-money crown.

“She’s a big filly,” said Dalos after the victory. “I thought she was too big to be a two-year-old runner. We just took it easy, knowing she was going to be a nice three-year-old, and this is what she turned out to be.”

Another memorable moment came when in October 2018 when Silent Sonet lit up the tote board to the tune of 56-1 when taking the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes.

“This filly has been doing so great for us and the cool weather didn’t hurt,” said Gonzalez. “She really didn’t deserve to be 50-whatever-to-1 in my mind. I’m just so happy for Ivan. It’s a tribute to him and we’re so lucky here in Ontario that he just continues to do a great job owning and breeding and carrying on. He’s just great for us.”

Silent Sonet winning the 2018 edition of the Zadracarta Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

The Ontario-bred, listed as the 5-2 morning line favourite for the Zadracarta, will look to get back to her winning ways on Saturday.

The Zadracarta is race three on Saturday’s stakes-stacked Queen’s Plate card. First post time is 12 p.m.

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1 – Red Cabernet – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Ian Black

2 – Silent Sonet – Davy Moran – Nick Gonzalez

3 – Scotty’s Model – Rafael Hernandez – Norm McKnight

4 – Miss Sea – Luis Contreras – Mike Keogh

5 – Alnilah – Kirk Johnson – Daniel O’Callaghan

6 – China Rider – Javier Castellano – David Cannizzo

7 – Zestina – Gary Boulanger – Sid Attard

8 – Desert Isle – Junior Alvarado – Graham Motion

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