Quarter Horse Silent Overdrive Impresses in $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park on Day Before Breeders' Cup

The $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) for American Quarter Horses was run at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on Friday, October 29 as part of the track's otherwise all-Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship meet that began on October 1 and concluded on Sunday, October 31. It was an opportunity for racefans from around the globe that may not have been exposed to Quarter Horse racing to see some of the best running Quarter Horses in the world, and Richard L. Slayter's Silent Overdrive made the most of the opportunity, beating Gray Invasion to the wire by a half-length in :21.624 for the 440 yards.

In front of a crowd of 25,015, the Janet Van Bebber-trained Silent Overdrive came from slightly off the pace to overtake Gray Invasion late and post a comfortable victory. Special Task Force finished third, followed past the post by Prime Talent, Southern Cartel, Gone Celebrating, Snow Me, Frostys Money Man and Tennessee Dasher. Champion Jess Louisiana Blue was a late scratch from the field

Favored Silent Overdrive, a six-year-old gelded son of Sunny Silence, was notching his ninth stakes triumph and his first Grade One success in the Refrigerator. Previously, his most important victories came in this year’s Sam Houston Classic (G2) and last season’s Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2).

Silent Overdrive has 16 wins in 33 races, and his lifetime earnings now stand at $474,912.

The $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) is named after one of the all-time great racing Quarter Horses. Jim and Marilyn Helzer's Refrigerator - named for Chicago Bears football player William "Refrigerator" Perry - won ten championship titles in his career and retired as the sport's leading earner, with lifetime earnings of $2,126,309. In six years of racing, the tough gelding won 22 of 36 races, including 11 stakes victories.

Refrigerator won the 1990 All-American Futurity (Gr. I) in stakes record time, and he is the only three-time winner of the prestigious Champion of Champions (Gr. I). He still reigns at Quarter Horse racing's all-time leading earner.

Refrigerator died in 1999 after a head injury, and he is buried at the Helzers' JEH Stallion Station in Pilot Point, Texas.

Helzer presented the Refrigerator Handicap trophy to Silent Overdrive's owner Richard L. Slayter.

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