FTBOA Silver Charm Stakes At Tampa Offers Winner A Forever Home

Colts and geldings that compete in the inaugural $100,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes on Saturday, May 5 at Tampa Bay Downs will be racing for more than the winner’s purse.

The race is a “Win & You’re In” opportunity for the winner, who will earn an invitation to spend his post-racing or breeding career at the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization caring for more than 175 retired racehorses, with its Dream Chase Farm open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, N.Y., known as Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division.

The FTBOA Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds is named for the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2007.

The 24-year-old Florida-bred, who amassed more than $6.9-million in career earnings for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis and trainer Bob Baffert, was returned to the United States from stud duty in Japan in 2014 by the Lewis family and Three Chimneys Farm and is pensioned at Old Friends in Kentucky.

Bred by Mary Lou Wootton, Silver Charm (by Silver Buck, out of Bonnie’s Poker, by Poker), who finished second in the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold, was voted an Eclipse Award as 1997 Champion 3-Year-Old-Male. He won the Dubai World Cup the following year.

The FTBOA Museum and Gallery, located at 801 SW 60th Ave. in Ocala, Fla., will honor Silver Charm with an art exhibition opening Friday at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through the end of May.

Also on the Oldsmar oval’s May 5 Kentucky Derby Day card is the $100,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners Association Ivanavinalot Florida Sire Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Ivanavinalot, an 18-year-old Florida-bred broodmare who raced for breeder Gilbert G. Campbell and was trained by Kathleen O’Connell, was a Grade II and multiple-stakes winner who earned almost $650,000. She has excelled in her second career as well, her most notable offspring being the Medaglia d’Oro-sired Songbird, a two-time Eclipse award winner who won 13 of 15 starts (including nine Grade I events) and earned $4,692,000.

Both races are for FTBOA-registered Florida-bred sophomores sired by FTBOA-registered stallions which are FSS-eligible and will be contested at a distance of a mile-and-40-yards on the main track.

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