Salvator Mile H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

COAL PLAY (B h, 117 lb) $150,000
Mineshaft —Wiscasset , by Kris S.
B—Emory A. Hamilton, KY.; O—Robert V. LaPenta; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Smooth Air (B h, 121 lb) $50,000
Smooth Jazz —Air France , by French Deputy
B—Mount Joy Stables, FL.; O—Mount Joy Stables, Inc.; T—Chad C. Brown

Solar Flare (ARG) (CH h, 119 lb) $27,500
Salt Lake —Stellaire (ARG) , by Southern Halo
B—La Quebrada, ARG.; O—Fox Hill Farms, Inc.; T—J. Larry Jones

Margins: 3, 3, 2¼. Others: Two Step Salsa 121($15,000) , Kiss the Kid 121($7,500) , The Roundhouse 117 , Runforthedoe (BRZ) 117 , Keep Laughing 117 . Winning Jockey, Joe Bravo.

After multiple attempts, Robert LaPentaÕs 4-year-old colt Coal Play has finally added a graded stakes victory to his resumŽ.

The son of Mineshaft nearly scored an upset victory over Big Brown with a close second in last yearÕs Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park and employed similar front-running tactics to win the trackÕs July 4 Salvator Mile Handicap (gr. III).

Trained by Nick Zito, Coal Play also scored an impressive 71Ú2-length victory in last SeptemberÕs Majestic Prince Stakes at Monmouth. The Salvator Mile marked the third victory in five starts at Monmouth for the colt, who raised his lifetime earnings to $506,708 for LaPenta.

Also known for campaigning 2007 champion juvenile male War Pass, 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner DaÕ Tara, and other grade I winner The CliffÕs Edge, LaPenta is a resident of Connecticut and is chairman, president, and CEO of the company Identity Solutions.

Coal Play, bred in Kentucky by Emory Hamilton, was bought for $280,000 by LaPentaÕs Whitehorse Stables at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale from Middlebrook Farm, agent.

Hamilton is a sister to Helen Alexander, who owns Middlebrook Farm near Lexington, where Hamilton boards her broodmares.

HamiltonÕs success as a breeder started long before Coal PlayÕs campaign. She has planned the matings that have resulted in numerous graded stakes winners, including 1991 champion older mare Queena (by Mr. Prospector), who is the dam of grade I-winning sire Brahms.

Coal Play was produced from the Kris S. mare Wiscasset. Though she was unraced, Wiscasset descends from a highly distinguished female family of horses bred by Hamilton.

A daughter of grade II winner Tara Roma (by Lyphard), Wiscasset is a half-sister to grade I winner Serra Lake (by Seattle Slew) and dual grade III victor Cappuchino (by Capote).

WiscassetÕs second and third dams, Chic Shirine (by Mr. Prospector) and Too Chic (by Blushing Groom), were also grade I winners. The latter is the dam of the aforementioned Queena.

Wiscasset has a yearling More Than Ready filly and delivered a Mineshaft colt April 19.

Mineshaft is the sire of eight stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money winners Cool Coal Man, MinerÕs Escape, Platinum Girl, Rock Candy, and Strut the Canary. Mineshaft stands for $30,000 at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑE.M.