Salutos Amigos will look to win what has been an elusive graded stakes score outside of his favorite venue of Aqueduct Racetrack May 21 in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course.
The 6-year-old Salute the Sarge gelding, owned by trainer David Jacobson and Southern Equine Stable, is a six-time graded stakes winner, but the past five of those have been at Aqueduct from late in 2014 to his most-recent victory April 9 in the Carter Handicap (gr. I), his first grade I score.
In his past nine graded tries outside of Aqueduct, he's been close but winless. He came in fourth last time out in the Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) and had two tough-luck seconds out west in the Palos Verdes (gr. II) and Midnight Lute (gr. III) earlier in the year at Santa Anita Park.
Back at Aqueduct this year, however, Salutos Amigos thrived. Before the Carter, the game sprinter won the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. III) for the second straight year.
The only other graded winner in the seven-horse field is grade III victor Cinco Charlie , who won the Bashford Manor (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in 2014. The 4-year-old Indian Charlie colt hasn't found the winner's circle in four graded tries since, but did hit the board in three and has been a frequent winner in minor stakes wins throughout his career. Owned by William and Corrine Heiligbrodt, the Steve Asmussen-trained runner has an 8-2-3 record in 15 starts with earnings of $596,670.
Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Race 5
- 3 yo's & up
- 12:51 PM (local)
|1||1All Star Red (KY)||Luis Saez||118||Rudy R. Rodriguez||12/1|
|2||2Sonny Inspired (MD)||Jevian Toledo||118||Phil Schoenthal||10/1|
|3||3Always Sunshine (FL)||Frankie Pennington||118||Edward T. Allard||7/2|
|4||4Cinco Charlie (KY)||Florent Geroux||118||Steven M. Asmussen||3/1|
|5||5Rockinn On Bye (MD)||Taylor M. Hole||118||Stephen M. Casey||15/1|
|6||6Negrito (FL)||Horacio Karamanos||118||Phil Schoenthal||20/1|
|7||7Salutos Amigos (KY)||John R. Velazquez||124||David Jacobson||1/1|