The beat goes on for Two Step Salsa. El Salsero added to his sensational record this week at Camarero Race Track, going virtually wire-to-wire in a one-mile allowance race and winning by 1 1/4 lengths. The 3-year-old colt, one of three premier 3-year-olds in Puerto Rico, increased his record to 8-3-2 in 13 starts, while raising his earnings to $135,766 despite competing at a venue plagued by low purse money.
Fully Loaded came up a bit short in the $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes at Gulfstream Park, missing by a neck after a furious three-horse stretch duel, then being disqualified and placed third after a late bumping incident. The six furlongs went in a sizzling 1:09.94. The colt bred by Get Away Farm is now 2-0-1 in three starts with earnings of $82,900 and can make amends and join Two Step Salsa's ever-growing $100,000-plus club in the upcoming $200,000 Affirmed Stakes, second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series.
At Finger Lakes yesterday, Salsa River Girl broke her maiden by romping in a five-furlong race, winning by five lengths after a strong 3-wide move on the turn swept her into the lead. The 3-year-old filly became winner No. 46 this year for her sire, who has surpassed the $1.4 million mark in earnings.