Leading the field at every call, NEVADA KID captured the the $200,000 Jewel Stakes, the richest race on Claiming Crown Day at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, by more than two lengths. The 4-year-old son of SILVER TRAIN owned by Hurricane Boys and Richard C. Pell and trained by Nick Zito boosted his career earnings to $278,935 from 18 career starts.
NEVADA KID became eligible for the Claiming Crown by racing for a $30,000 claiming tag on Dec. 27, 2012. He won that race, and in 10 starts prior to the Claiming Crown this year, he hit the board six times. Sent off as the Jewel’s fourth choice in the field of 10, the Kentucky-bred dictated the pace in the one and an eighth mile test before spurting clear at the head of the stretch.
SILVER TRAIN is the sire of four stakes winners, and 14 stakes horses, in 2013, and has progeny earnings in excess of $3.3 million. He is Pennsylvania’s current leading active sire by number of winners, with 97, and lifetime three out of four of his runners are winners.