Kelley Friday, November
15, 2013 [email protected]
Fort Silky Wins Lester McKeever Stake
By Kimberly Rinker for
Fort Silky and driver Casey
Leonard went wire-to-wire to capture the $30,000 Lester McKeever
Stake in 1:53.3 on Nov. 15 at Maywood Park.
The 7-year-old son of Ft.
Apache Hanover is trained by Terry Leonard for owners John Prentice and Neve Jan Ikeler of
After sweeping through
fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:25.4, Fort Silky held
off second-place finisher Uncle Smoothie (Matt Krueger) by three-quarters of a
length. Mystical Walter (Lewayne Miller)
Fort Silky added the
$15,000 winner’s share to his seasonal bankroll of $237,795.
“This race worked out
exactly the way we wanted it to,” Leonard said. “My horse left well as I had
him pretty reved up and I was a little surprised nobody
left. Going into the last turn my horse felt really good. He
doesn’t finish as well here as he does at Balmoral,
but he was good enough to get the job done. I love horses that just
get it, like he does. Sometimes the fastest horse doesn’t always win the
race—sometimes it’s just the horse that keeps on trying.”
Fort Silky scored his
fourth consecutive victory and pushed his career earnings to $551,935.