On May 6, Two Step Salsa's crack Puero Rican colt, El Salsero, finished third under Edwin Castro at Camarero Race Track in the Gr. I Clasico Derby Puertorriqueno Stakes. At odds of 5/2, the colt pressed the pace between horses in the mile and one-sixteenth race, but tired late and trailed Regalado ($1.55-1) and Amigojulioforti ($1.80-1) to the wire. Regalado was a ton the best that day, scoring by nearly 10 lengths.
Fast forward to this week for the Gr. I, $72,520 Copa Gobernador at one and one-eighth miles, with much the same cast. Based on the last performance, Regalado was sent off at 25 cents to a dollar, while Amigojulioforti was $2.90-1 and El Salsero a juicy $6.40-1, the highest price of his career.
This time, Castro put El Salsero on the lead and while the colt was able to turn back Regalado late, he was unable to hold off Amigojulioforti, who came from behind to win by 1 1/2 lengths. El Salsero finished second and earned a check for $14,800, while the favorite tired to finish last. With Regalado off the board, the winner paid $7.80 and $$6.60 (win and place betting only) and El Salsero paid $10.20 to place. He's now 7-2-2 in 11 starts and added his name to Two Step Salsa's $100,000-earner list at $114,376.