El Salsero, who won the Gr. I Luis Munoz Rivera Stakes as a 2-year-old, finished third in the Gr. I, $76,640 Derby Puertorriqueno Stakes over a muddy surface at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico. The 3-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa battled head-and-head for the lead for half a mile, dropped back on the turn, then came again and missed second by just a neck at the end of the mile and one-sixteenth.
El Salsero has never been worse than third, posting a record of 7-1-2 in 10 starts, and the $7,664 check for third increased his total to $99,576. Two Step Salsa heads into the weekend with progeny earnings of $599,934 for the year.