Sports reporters and announcers love to predict an athlete's probability of attaining certain achievements by the end of a particular season - such as, "He's on pace to hit 50 homers," or "get 200 hits." It's July 2, and after adding up yesterday's numbers, Two Step Salsa is "on pace" to reach $2 million in progeny earnings for the first time.
Keyed by the victories of Dancin Nicky at Canterbury Park and Savage Nation at Presque Isle, plus a rash of seconds and thirds around the country, Get Away Farm's pride and joy began the day with earnings of $989,956, and wound up with $1,039,846. Right at the halfway mark of the season.
Dancin Nicky went off as the 5/2 favorite racing five furlongs in his career debut under Jareth Loveberry and lived up to expectations. The 3-year-old Minnesota-bred colt prompted the pace while two wide, took the lead in the stretch and held on stubbornly to win by a neck. He earned $13,800. Savage Nation, bred by Get Away Farm, was the 2-1 second choice in a six-furlong, $23,000 allowance optional claimer with Addiel Ayala riding. The 3-year-old colt sat third early, moved three wide to take the lead on the turn and was nearly four lengths best at the wire, earning $16,800.
Other runners who helped make it a special day for Two Step Salsa were Pretty Wild Posie (2nd at Tampa), Gingermore (2nd at Canterbury), Salsamatic and Dancin Debbie (both 2nd at Monmouth), Syrup (2nd at Mountaineer) and Two Steps to Toga (3rd at Tampa).