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Silver Sycamore to race in Europe


     A two-year-old filly who has stirred excitement at Runnymede will run for the farm and new partner Chris Zinkhan in Ireland this summer after being sent to trainer Jessica Harrington, who developed Runnymede-bred Group 2 winner and 2011 classic candidate Laughing Lashes.
     Named Silver Sycamore, the gray juvenile filly by Exchange Rate out of Miss Forest City, by Coronado’s Quest, arrived in Ireland last week after being given her early training by David Scanlon at the Robert N. Scanlon Training Center in Ocala.Silver Sycamore, left, in training in Ocala with a Runnymede homebred Harlan's Holiday filly (Michele MacDonald photo)
     “She has always been a dominant alpha-female type, virtues I’m sure she’ll take to her races,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd. “She is very focused and business-like on the track.
    “We are so pleased to have her with Jessica Harrington in Ireland as everything about this filly suggests she will be ideally suited to European racing conditions,” he added.
     Silver Sycamore is one of several two-year-olds who will race this year for Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay and partners. Zinkhan, who is new to the sport, is the chief executive officer of The Forestland Group, an independent timberland investment management organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    Clay chose Harrington to train the promising filly for the partnership due in part to the trainer’s work in 2010 with Laughing Lashes, a Mr. Greeley filly out of Runnymede’s Unbridled’s Song mare Adventure. Harrington also trained Ireland’s top juvenile colt of 2010, the undefeated Group 1 winner Pathfork.
    Silver Sycamore arrived in Ireland after the long journey from Florida in good order, Harrington said, and after a few days of rest and orientation, she was due to resume training under saddle on April 11. The first foal produced by the seven-year-old Miss Forest City, Silver Sycamore is from the prolific female family of champion Numbered Account, whose many accomplished descendants include 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver and second leading freshman sire Bluegrass Cat.
    Meanwhile, Laughing Lashes, who won the Keeneland Debutante Stakes (G2) over Misty For Me and then was second to that rival in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1), has thrived and is being aimed at the English 1000 Guineas (G1) on May 1 at Newmarket.
    “She’s grown a good bit over the winter,” Harrington said. “She is only really now beginning to fill out and mature.
     “I am delighted with her,” she told The Irish Field. “We had her at the Curragh to work last week and she is enormous. … Looking back at last year, for the size of her, to do what she did is amazing. That is why we put her away after the Moyglare, and she has done very well over the winter. We’ll see how Newmarket goes. She is (also nominated to) the Irish 1000 Guineas (G1), and I’d imagine that she’d get a mile and a half this year.”