A pair of Two Step Salsa runners stunned the handicappers at Penn National and Tampa Bay Downs yesterday and gave the son of Petionville his ninth and 10th winners of the season. In Pennsylvania, All Abouthe Salsa turned in one of the most outstanding performances of the meeting under Andrew Wolfsont. The 4-year-old Alabama-bred gelding sat fourth until midway on the turn in the mile and one-sixteenth race, swung four-wide heading into the stretch, and ran away and hid from the field. The track announcer bellowed, "he's gonna win by double digits" and he was right on - the final margin was 17 1/4 lengths and the payoff $23.20.
In Tampa, jockey Jean Medina couldn't duplicate All Abouthe Salsa's margin with Flamenco Tiger, but he stunned the crowd with the payoff. The 6-year-old mare sat a perfect stalking trip in third place, cruised up three wide heading into the stretch, then exploded as she put away 1/2 favorite Spunsational and drew off by 3 1/4 lengths. Flamenco Tiger was clocked in a good 1:44.33 for the mile and 40 yards, and lit up the tote board to the tune of $94.60.