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(T 6f , to Hold the Salt, defeating Kingship, Atticus Kristy, Shark, Lord Robyn, Rock Gold, How's Your Halo, Fate Takes a Hand, The Nth Degree ).
ItÕs probably safe to say Hold the Salt loves racing at Kentucky Downs, especially in the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash Stakes. The 6-year-old Salt Lake gelding has started twice at the track and has come away a course-record setter both times.
A homebred for Cynthia Knight Stable, Hold the Salt won this yearÕs renewal by a neck over Fort Prado in 1:09.15 for six furlongs. He captured last yearÕs running in 1:09.25.
A resident of Akron, Ohio, Knight has raced additional stakes winners Bend a Little, Dat You Miz Blue, Dust Me Off, and Tippity Witch since 2000. The last three were graded stakes winners. All four were bred either by Knight or by her late husband, Landon Knight.
Landon Knight was voted a 1989 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association award as OhioÕs most successful owner/breeder. Hold the SaltÕs second dam, stakes winner Fat Emma, and her stakes-winning half-sister Tougaloo, were bred and raced by Knight. Tougaloo was a four-time Ohio champion in the late 1980s, including Horse of the Year.
KnightÕs big win in racing came in England. Benny the Dip, a homebred, won the 1997 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and was named EnglandÕs champion 3-year-old male.
Hold the Salt has been trained by James A. Dodgen since the fall of 2006. He also set a course-record of 1:35.31 for a mile at Indiana Downs in June 2007.
The Kentucky Cup Turf Dash was Hold the SaltÕs second consecutive win. Hold the Salt won at a mile by 53Ú4 lengths at Ellis Park Aug. 21.
Hold the SaltÕs dam, With Hollandaise, was sold twice at auction after Hold the Salt was foaled. The last time came at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, and in foal to Our Emblem, With Hollandaise was bought for $10,000 by Pegasus Stud, agent. Her most recent foal, a 2008 Badge of Silver filly, was bred in Kentucky by Rob Heath.
Salt Lake has sired 60 stakes winners. His five added-money winners this year include three group winners in Argentina. Salt Lake stands at Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif. His 2008 fee was $10,000.ÑD.S
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