Salutos Amigos wins the Carter Handicap

Salutos Amigos wins the Carter Handicap

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Salutos Amigos Tops Maryland Sprint Handicap

Gelding hasn't won a graded stakes outside of Aqueduct in his past nine tries.

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.

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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.

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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.

Grade III-placed Sonny Inspired and Always Sunshine, stakes-placed Rockinn On Bye and Negrito, and last-out allowance winner All Star Red, complete the field.

Entries: Maryland Sprint H. (G3)

Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Race 5

  • Grade III
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 12:51 PM (local)
11All Star Red (KY)Luis Saez118Rudy R. Rodriguez12/1
22Sonny Inspired (MD)Jevian Toledo118Phil Schoenthal10/1
33Always Sunshine (FL)Frankie Pennington118Edward T. Allard7/2
44Cinco Charlie (KY)Florent Geroux118Steven M. Asmussen3/1
55Rockinn On Bye (MD)Taylor M. Hole118Stephen M. Casey15/1
66Negrito (FL)Horacio Karamanos118Phil Schoenthal20/1
77Salutos Amigos (KY)John R. Velazquez124David Jacobson1/1