More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.
“Yeah,” he said. “I still have a smile on my face.”
A 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, out of the Grindstone mare Seeking the Silver, Paulassilverlining won her first stakes race, the Matron (gr. II) at Belmont Park, as a 2-year-old. That was also the first stakes win for Scuderi, a long-time New York owner, but within three months, he’d get his second when Dads Caps, Paulassilverlining’s half-brother by Discreet Cat, won the Carter Handicap (gr. I).
Scuderi claimed Seeking the Silver for $20,000 in 2004 at Aqueduct, and though a bad knee meant that she never raced again, she’s produced seven foals to make it to the races, six of them winners, four of them six-figure earners.
“I was quite fortunate,” he said of the claim.