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Contact:  Tom Kelley         Friday, November 15, 2013

Fort Silky Wins Lester McKeever Stake


By Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park


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 Illinois. 


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) finished third.


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.