Silver Voice came from sixth place to overtake Lyphard Line in the stretch and win the $75,520 Survivor Stakes by two lengths today at Pimlico Race Course.
Silver Voice, a lightly raced colt with one victory and three seconds in four previous turf outings, covered a firm 1 1/16-mile turf course in 1:42 4/5 to defeat six 3-year-olds and take the $49,645 top prize.
Favored Nudist Colony never was a factor, starting slowly and finishing fifth. Silver Voice, who paid $7.80, $5.80 and $4.40, overtook early leader Pilgrim Prince, then galloped by Lyphard Line at the 3/16th-pole. Lyphard Line paid $4.60 and $4.40, and Pilgrim Prince $4.20.
Silver Voice, seemingly unaffected by 94-degree heat, carried 111 pounds. Lyphard Line, Nudist Colony and Tropical Whip carried 122.
Silver Voice jockey Gregg McCarron was jubilant after the race, saying, "Great game, ain't it?" as he dismounted, then ran to hug his son. "That horse did everything I asked him."
Nudist Colony had won his first turf race at River Downs after trailing by 20 lengths, then took the Sir Ivor Stakes at Laurel earlier this month. Today, he never settled down.
"The horse had no excuse," said jockey Vince Bracciale Jr. "I never could get him going."