However, the son of Silver Deputy proved a cut below some leaders of his generation when fourth in the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds in January and fifth and sixth in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and Rebel Handicap (G2), respectively, at Oaklawn Park in February and March. In his lone start since, He’s Eze tired to 10th of 11 trying turf for the first time in the Calder Derby (G3) here on Apr. 26.
“I think the distance was as much a factor as anything for him in the Calder Derby,” said Oliver early this week. “He appeared to be getting over the turf fine until the upper stretch when he just got tired. This looks like a good spot to get him going again and we’re optimistic that he has a bright future.”
Oliver also is looking ahead this summer for promising 2-year-old filly Additional Prayer, a daughter of Songandaprayer he owns in partnership with Janet Erwin. Additional Prayer has won both of her starts here, her debut on May 10 and the $55,000 JJ’s Dream overnight stakes by 4 ¾ lengths on July 12.
“Unfortunately, we may have to go on the road with her from here,” said Oliver. “She’s not eligible for the [Florida] Stallion Stakes series. I bought her as a yearling privately straight out of the field and the weanling payment had not been made. So that was that. I was really impressed the way she was able to go from breaking her maiden at two furlongs to winning the stakes at six, and we were fortunate to have Russell (Baze) here that day (Summit of Speed) to ride her.
“The options we’re looking at now include the Sorority at Monmouth Park ($100,000 on Aug. 31), although that’s not Graded this year, the Adironadack ($150,000 G2 on Aug. 13) at Saratoga, or we could just keep her here and run her in the ($75,000) Georgia Juvenile Filly Turf Dash (Aug. 2).”