Friday, July 3, 2009

Bullish on the Breeders' Cup... ...The Salvator Mile -- Preview


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Get to know the Salvator Mile
Oceanport, New Jersey will host the sixty-first running of the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on Saturday afternoon and the winner will be granted a spot in the B.C. Mile on November 7th, 2009
The grade III, eight furlong race is named for U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Salvator.

The inaugural running of the event in 1948 produced a veteran winner, seven year-old VertigoII. Twenty years later another seven year-old R. Thomas (1968) before a thirty-two year drought that would be snapped by another aging equine. Leave it to Beezer claimed the 2000 Salvator to once again put a seven year-old in the drivers seat at Monmouth.
If trends are any indication we won't be seeing another seven year-old winner of the Salvator Mile, at least in the next thirty years {This won't be an issue going into this years race. Kiss the Kid will be the grand-father of the field at the age of six}.  
Sea of Tranquility 01', 02' and Peanut Butter Onit 91' and 92' have clinched back to back Salvator Mile's and no horse has ever claimed the race on three occasions. This years field is without last years winner (Notional) so a fresh face in the winners circle is guaranteed.
My two cents;Zee's golden nuggets
I must admit that with out a copy of this Saturday's racing forum I'm not exactly familiar with all the players (horses) in the game. I will however try to illuminate this issue to the best of abilities.
#1 Runforthedoe Trainer: Paul Lobo  Jockey: Richard Migliore
#2 Smooth Air    Trainer: Chad Brown  Jockey: Paco Lopez -- I know zero about Paco and even less about Chad Brown.
#3 Solar Flare     Trainer: "Cowboy" Larry Jones  Jockey: Gabriel Saez -- You can always count on a cowboy to bring a gun to a ...... 
#4 Kiss the Kid    Trainer: Amy Tarrant  Jockey: Channing Hill
#5 Coal Play       Trainer: Nick Zito       Jockey: Joe Bravo -- Joey owns Monmouth Park collecting 30 wins from just 130 starts. The equine half of the entry Coal Play set the pace in last years Haskell Invitational before fading to second behind the all-world colt Big Brown.     
#6 Two Step Salsa  Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor  Jockey: Garrett Gomez -- First class Trainer Saeed has flown in the nations leading rider Garrett Gomez for this "win & your in" challenge race.  
#7 Keep Laughing    Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin Jockey: Eddie Castro -- Eddie Castro has won almost 25% of his mounts this year at Monmouth Park and is currently the tracks leading rider. Conditioner Mclaughlin is a definite plus. ***Live Long-Shot***

#8 The Roundhouse  Trainer: Todd Pletcher  Jockey: Chris Decarlo
Zoltan Black
Event: The Salvator Mile<The Breeders' Cup "win & your in" challenge
Date: July 4th, 2009 4:30pm est
Location: Monmouth Park -- Oceanport, New Jersey
Distance: 1 Mile or 8 furlongs 
Purse: $150, 000

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