A heads-up ride by Addiel Ayala in a $50,000 claimer at Presque Isle Downs was directly responsible for another Two Step Salsa winner bred by Get Away Farm. Savage Nation had been sitting second through a :22.36 quarter in the 6 1/2-furlong race, when two rivals moved up quickly on the outside and pinned him to the rail. Ayala never blinked though, and waited patiently until the top of the stretch, where he sent Savage Nation through in the two-path and the 3-year-old colt powered past the leader to score a two-length victory.
Savage Nation earned $17,400 for his third victory of the year for owner/trainer Thomas J. Cooper and boosted his total to $66,150. Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for 2018 have reached $1,817,169, just $92,811 away from his previous best year of 2017.