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Another Pair for Two Step Salsa


Bear's Cowboy, a gelding from the first crop of Two Step Salsa, hasn't lost a step at the age of five, uncorking a strong stretch rally after sneaking through on the rail to score by daylight at Penn National yesterday. Ridden by Andrew Wolfsont, Bear's Cowboy overpowered 11 others to win by 3 1/2 lengths over five furlongs on the grass, raising his record to 5-6-8 in 38 starts, with earnings of $153,395. He had finished second in his previous two starts . . . Just five days after finishing fourth in the Golden Boy Stakes, Lift Me Up went wire-to-wire racing six furlongs at Assiniboia Downs, holding on gamely by a nose after a three-horse battle at odds of 95 cents to a dollar. The 3-year-old Two Step Salsa colt bred by Midwest Thoroughbreds has won two of his last four and finished second and fourth in a pair of stakes. Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings have reached $820,477 for 2016. 

Salsamon Remains Perfect for 2016


Pennsylvania-bred Salsamon remained perfect for 2016 with a galloping victory by 6 3/4 lengths Monday at Mountaineer Casino & Racetrack. The 5-year-old daughter of Two Step Salsa, who had won her last 14 days earlier, is 3-for-3 this year and boosted her lifetime record to 6-3-2 in 18 starts. Gabriel Lagunes had Salsamon in a perfect stalking position early, moved her after the lead on the turn and she proved to be much the best down the lane. As the overwhelming favorite, she paid just $2.20. Two Step Salsa is less than $6,000 away from breaking the $800,000 mark in 2016 progeny earnings. 

Two Step Salsa Filly Breezes to Maiden Score


Ez Breezy looked like she was coming into her own when she rallied from way back to finish second at Tampa Bay Downs on April 23. Nearly two months later, in her next start, the 3-year-old daughter of Two Step Salsa broke her maiden yesterday over a sloppy track at Delaware Park, again coming from well off the pace to become her sire's 24th winner of 2016. With Katie Downs aboard, Massachusetts-bred Ez Breezy circled the field on the turn and drove clear to score by three lengths in the one-mile race. Off at odds of 4-1, she earned a check for $7,800. 

Two More Winners for Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa vaulted past the $700,000 mark in progeny earnings on Monday with a pair of winners, and now has 23 for the year. Talented One Lucky Step went wire-to-wire at Parx under Paco Lopez, fending off four challengers early, then holding them all off by half a length in :57.82 for the five furlongs. The 4-year-old gelding began his career with a pair of seconds and has now won three of his last four starts, boosting his record to 3-2-0 in six tries. The winner's check of $31,200 raised his earnings to $86,025 . . . At Mountaineer Casino & Resort, 7/10 favorite Salsamon made it 2-for-2 this year following a long layoff, with a come-from-behind victory over a muddy track after the race was taken off the grass. The 5-year-old mare went five wide on the turn and cruised to the wire three lengths in front with Deshawn Parker. Salsamon is 5-3-2 in 17 lifetime starts . . . On Sunday, Salsita returned to action at Santa Anita for her first start since November at Del Mar. The 5-year-old mare was fouled along the rail while making a winning-type move in mid-stretch in the $51,640 Pink Tee Starter Handicap. She came again late to finish fourth, just one length behind the winner, and was moved up to third by disqualification. Salsita sports a record of 5-7-3 in 27 starts and her earnings jumped to $169,092. Two Step Salsa, who has been on fire in recent weeks, saw his earnings jump to $734,529. 

Two Step Salsa Approaches $700,000


Two Step Salsa has a chance to top the $700,000 mark in 2016 progeny earnings this weekend after Rince Tapaigh romped at Woodbine on Friday and Lift Me Up became stakes-placed at Assiniboia Downs two days earlier. Rince Tapaigh sat fourth early while racing 1 1/16 miles under Luis Contreras, moved up to the leaders on the turn, then exploded in the stretch without the need of urging to score by 5 1/4 widening lengths. It was the third victory for the 4-year-old filly and boosted her earnings to $66,494 . . . Lift Me Up finished second in a small stakes race in Canada, the Manitoba Dancer at 5 1/2 furlongs, sitting seventh early under Richard Mairs and mounting a strong late rally to nail down the place at odds of 19-1. Bred by Eclipse Award-winner Midwest Thoroughbreds, Lift Me Up is 3-1-2 in 12 starts . . . Surging Two Step Salsa's earnings have reached $692,986 and Monday marks the return of Master Mick, Miguel Feliciano's unbeaten stakes-winning colt who will make his 3-year-old debut at Thistledown, the track where he captured the Cleveland Kindergarten last year.   

Two Step Salsas Are Winning Everywhere


Two Step Salsa's runners continue to win across the U. S.and Canada, and the son of Petionville's progeny earnings have soared to more than $664,000. At Delaware Park, Poppy's Two Step made his first start since Nov. 2 and became his sire's 22nd winner of the year. The 4-year-old gelding sat fourth going six furlongs under Ricardo Chiappe, moved up to second on the turn, then drew off with authority down the lane to score by nearly four lengths. He paid $17 and earned a check for $11,400. He's won two of four career starts, and added one third . . . In the Southwest, Dance On Warrior went wire-to-wire at Lone Star Park with Iram Diego, picking up his third victory. The 4-year-old colt trained by Steve Asmussen opened up a four-length lead in the stretch and coasted home by 6 1/2 in the one-mile test . . .  North of the border, at Assiniboia Downs, Lift Me Up rallied on the turn under Chris Husbands and was up in time to gain a half-length triumph over 7/10 favorite Langara. The 3-year-old colt bred by Eclipse Award-winning Midwest Thoroughbreds won for the third time in 11 starts and collected $7,200. 

Classic Salsa Scorches Belmont Track


Classic Salsa became Two Step Salsa's seventh winner in the first 15 days of May, capturing an allowance optional claimer with a purse of $80,000 at Belmont Park on Sunday. The 5-year-old speedster was off just behind the front threesome under talented Joel Rosario, went four wide on the turn, and ran down the leaders late to score by a neck. Time for the six furlongs was an excellent 1:08.74. Classic Salsa is now 9-4-4 in 27 starts, and the winner's check of $48,000 lifted his career total to $342,412. His sire's 2016 progeny earnings shot up to $617,292. 

First Two Step Salsa 2YO of 2016 Is a Winner


Two Step Salsa's first 2-year-old runner of 2016 also became his first winner when Saratoga Two Step scored a wire-to-wire romp in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Gulfstream Park on Friday. The colt bred by Carol Hershe was sent off at 4-1 for his debut with Tyler Gaffalione aboard and rushed to the lead in a :21.76 first quarter. He continued to increase the margin turning for home and crossed under the wire 6 1/2 lengths in front, clocked in :51.69 for the 4 1/2 furlongs. The victory was worth $18,400. . . . At Assiniboia Downs in Western Canada, Mumbles won for the second time in his last three starts, capturing a small stakes called the Hi Lord. The 3-year-old gelding by Two Step Salsa, who had finished second at Lone Star Park just five days earlier, sat second until the stretch where he took the lead and drew off to win by two lengths. Mumbles was clocked in :59.80 for the five furlongs as he boosted his record to 2-1-1 in five starts. 

Salsa Bay Breaks Maiden in Style


Two Step Salsa's latest promising 3-year-old, Salsa Bay, became his sire's 19th winner of 2016 when he came from off the pace to score a game neck victory in a $55,900 maiden special at Woodbine on Derby day. With Gerry Olquin aboard, the gelding sat in mid-pack early in the 6-furlong race, moved on the  turn and closed with a rush to get up in time, clocked in 1:10.21. Salsa Bay had finished third and second (by a head) in his first two career starts and earned a check for $25,983 for his maiden-breaker, paying $7.30 to win . . . At Golden Gate Fields, Two Steps of Glory ran down the leader in the final strides to prevail by a head racing 5 1/2 furlongs, getting her second victory of the year. Bred by W. K. and D. S. France of auto racing fame, the 3-year-old filly was caught in a swift 1:04.79 and thrilled her backers who took her at odds of 11-1. Keyed by the two winners, Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for the year soared to $532,937. 

Two Step Time Set for Derby Day


After finishing fourth by less than a length in the Gr. III, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, Two Step Time will be back in action Saturday on racing's biggest stage - Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. Get Away Farm's 3-year-old son of Two Step Salsa drew the No. 7 post in the ninth race on the Kentucky Derby program, the Gr. II, $300,000, American Turf Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Joel Rosario will be aboard the colt, who has compiled a record of 3-1-1 in seven starts with earnings of $116,750. Two Step Time is hardly a stranger to the grass, having broken his maiden over it in his second start at Gulfstream West back in November . . .  Gingermore got Two Step Salsa off to an auspicious start at Churchill yesterday, romping to a 10-length victory in the slop under Robby Albarado. The 4-year-old filly sat in fifth place early, moved up on the turn, then split horses entering the stretch and drew off with authority in 1:11.40. The $12,000 winner's check boosted her sire's earnings to $497,514 . . . At Mountaineer Park, Salsamon also showed a preference for the mud, leaving the field behind while racing 4 1/2 furlongs, and scampering home by 5 1/2 lengths. It was the 5-year-old mare's first start in more than four months. 

Step Two Goes Wire-to-Wire Over Tampa Grass


Step Two went wire-to-wire Friday for his second victory over the Tampa Bay Downs grass course at the current meeting. With Pedro Cotto Jr. aboard, the 5-year-old gelding shot to the lead from the inside and was in front after a sizzling quarter in :22.91. He was never headed thereafter, getting the six furlongs in 1:10.84 and the seven eighths in 1:23.48. Step Two coasted home by 3 1/4 lengths and earned a check for $9,200 for owner/breeder Penelope Pugh. He became the 17th winner this season for Two Step Salsa, whose progeny earnings have reached $476,111.  

Two Step Salsa Gets Clear Victory by Mumbles at Lone Star


Two Step Salsa earned his 16th winner of the season when Mumbles went wire-to-wire in a maiden special at Lone Star Park on Saturday. The 3-year-old gelding went head-and-head on the front end for half a mile, then took a clear lead into the stretch and won by 3 1/4 lengths with something left. Mumbles paid $5.60 as favorite, collected $12,480 for the victory, and raced six furlongs in 1:11.86. 

Two Step Salsa Colt Sharp at Oaklawn


Conquest Caliente scored his second victory of the year on Sunday at Oaklawn Park, coming from off the pace to win at 1 1/16 miles under Walter De La Cruz. The 3-year-old son of Two Step Salsa rallied from fifth place with a three-wide move on the turn, took the lead in the stretch and drew out to win by 1 1/2 lengths. The winner's check of $16,800 helped Two Step Salsa jump to $433,285 in 2016 progeny earnings. 

Two Step Time Tough in Gr. III Spiral


The Equibase chart for the Gr. III, $500,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes said it all. "Two Step Time was forwardly placed between horses, drifted out to find racing room through the upper stretch, was caught in tight between Oscar Nominated and Surgical Strike late, steadied and lost his best chance." Even with that, Get Away Farm's 3-year-old son of Two Step Salsa finished fourth at odds of 58-1, just three-quarters of a length behind winner Oscar Nominated and a neck behind third-place finisher Surgical Strike. The fourth-place check of $23,500 lifted his earnings to $116,750. And Two Step Time proved he can compete in the big time . . . At Aqueduct, Classic Salsa finished fourth in the $85,000 Caixa Eletronica Stakes and collected $4,250, boosting his career total to $291,982 . . . At Parx, Dean of Salsa overcame a bobble at the start and high winds to become his sire's 15th winner of the year. The 3-year-old colt rushed up between horses, engaged the 3/5 favorite and raced him into defeat, winning by one-half length. Dean of Salsa picked up $16,200 for his second victory as the trio pushed Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings to $401,563.   

Two Step Salsa Stalwarts in Stakes Spotlight


Two Step Salsa will be looking for a red-letter day tomorrow as three of his best runners make stakes appearances at Turfway Park and Aqueduct, all three with personal milestones on the line. Get Away Farm's Two Step Time drew the No. 6 post with jockey Mitchell Murrill in a crowded field of 14 in the Gr. III, 1 1/8-mile Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes, a race with important Kentucky Derby implications. The 3-year-old colt won the Texas Heritage Stakes in his last start and was second in the OBS Championship Stakes in his previous race. He's 3-1-1 in six starts and less than $7,000 away from surpassing $100,000 in earnings. Two Step Time's morning line odds are 15-1; Mark Casse's Airoforce is 3-1 . . . At Aqueduct, Two Step Flor is the 3-1 second choice in the $55,000 Videogenic Stakes at five furlongs with talented Jose Ortiz in the saddle. The 5-year-old mare has a record of 9-5-1 in 23 starts, and is 6-3-1 in her last 10. With $198,440 in the bank, she just needs to finish in the top four in the five-horse field to top $200,000 . . . Later on the Big A program, Classic Salsa will be trying to reach the $300,000 mark in the $85,000 Caixa Eletronica Stakes at seven furlongs. The 5-year-old is 8-4-4 in 24 tries with earnings of $287,732. He drew post two with veteran Aaron Gryder and is the 6-1 fourth choice in the line. 

Two Step Salsa Scores With Jockeys Named Ricardo


A pair of Ricardos presented Two Step Salsa with a pair of winners Sunday, giving the son of Petionville 13 for the young season. In Hot Springs, Gingermore was looking to break her maiden over a muddy strip at Oaklawn Park racing six furlongs in her fourth start. The 4-year-od filly came from mid-pack, went four wide on the turn, and continued on to a 4 1/4-length victory under Ricardo Santana Jr. The filly bred by Katherine Devall paid $5.40 as favorite and earned a check for $13,500 . . . At Fonner Park in Nebraska, Ricardo Martinez took Lift Me Up on a similar six-furlong trip and the 3-year-old colt closed with a rush after a five-wide move on the turn, coasting home by 1 1/4 lengths. Bred by Midwest Thoroughbreds, Lift Me Up was scoring his second victory, and Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings jumped to $323,424.  

Two Step Salsa Filly Goes From Midwest to Asmussen


The top owners, breeders and trainers in North America continue to have an affinity to sons and daughters of Two Step Salsa. As an example, Lady Areydne made her career debut at Fair Grounds on Jan 28 and finished second for Eclipse Award-winning owner Midwest Thoroughbreds, who also bred the 4-year-old filly. She came back at Fair Grounds this week and presented Two Step Salsa with his 11th winner of the year. Lady Areydne broke her maiden by one-half length racing 5 1/2 furlongs under Shaun Bridgmohan, defeating 3/5 favorite Stardust Skies after a prolonged stretch battle. Lady Areydne then wound up in a new elite barn, claimed away from Midwest by two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen. Two Step Salsa is less than $3,000 away from reaching $300,000 in 2016 progeny earnings.    

Two Step Time Captures $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes


Fresh off his second-place finish in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes, Get Away Farm's Two Step Time traveled west and captured the $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park last night. Benefiting from a tremendous ride from Robby Albarado, the 3-year-old son of Two Step Salsa extricated himself from a serious traffic jam down the backstretch, weaved his way between horses on the turn, then proved best by a neck after a long stretch battle. Two Step Time earned $30,000 for his effort, and raised his bank account to $93,250 on a record of 3-1-1 in six starts. Despite an unusually slow pace, he was clocked in 1:43.90 for the mile and one-sixteenth on the grass, less than two seconds off the course record of 1:42.05. Two Step Salsa heads into the final day of the month with progeny earnings of $278,723.   

Two Step Flor on Verge of $200,000 Mark


Two Step Flor is on the threshold of becoming Two Step Salsa's fourth $200,000-plus earner after her wire-to-wire, six-furlong victory yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. The 5-year-old mare ripped off fractions of :22.73, :45.71 and :57.78 under Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze, fought off several challenges, and reached the wire three-quarters of a length in front while clocked in 1:10.37. Two Step Flor is 6-1-1 in her last eight starts, 9-4-3 in 22 lifetime tries, and the $15,000 check yesterday boosted her earnings to $193,440. Aside from Golden Gate, she has won at Saratoga, Gulfstream Park and Del Mar.  

Game Victory at Oaklawn for Two Step Salsa Colt


Dance On Warrior made it 10 winners for Two Step Salsa in 2016 with a hard-fought victory racing a mile and one-sixteenth at Oaklawn Park yesterday. The 4-year-old colt engaged in a head-to-head battle after a quarter of a mile, and it continued all the way to the wire with Ricardo Santana Jr. getting his colt up by a neck. The win was worth $12,900 for owner Calumet Farm, which purchased Dance On Warrior from Get Away Farm at the OBS April Sale in 2014 for $100,000. 

Two Step Salsa Surpasses $200,000


If One Lucky Step can keep off the injury list, the 4-year-old gelding looks like he may become another of Two Step Salsa's growing legion of talented runners. With Paco Lopez aboard Saturday, One Lucky Step came from ninth place in a field of 12 sprinting on the Gulfstream Park turf, swept into the lead with a five-wide move on the turn, and cruised home by 1 1/4 lengths. Despite a sharp victory at Tampa Bay Downs in his return to action in December, the Gulfstream bettors allowed the gelding to go off at 15-1 and he paid a juicy $32. Clocked in :56.71 for the 5 1/2 furlongs, One Lucky Step earned $27,000 for the Winning Stables. He now has $54,700 in the bank in just four career starts, which include two victories and two seconds while competing at Gulfstream, Tampa, Indiana Grand and Monmouth Park over a period of 16 months. One Lucky Step became Two Step Salsa's ninth winner of 2016 and the stallion's progeny earnings vaulted over the $200,000 mark for the year. 

Two Step Time 2nd in OBS Championship


Two Step Time, who had previously won two of four starts on the grass in South Florida, finished a bang-up second today for Get Away Farm in the featured $100,000, 1 1/16-mile OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings at the Ocala Training Center. The 3-year-old colt enjoyed the services of top rider Joel Rosario, who rallied Two Step Time from fifth place after half a mile to battle Whatawonderfulworld through the stretch, only to fall short by a length in a driving finish. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to third-place Golden Ray. Two Step Time, who has been off the board just once in five tries, added $20,000 to his bank account and now has earned $63,250. 

Two Step Salsa Strikes for 2 More Winners at Tampa


Coming right on the heels of Do I Make Ya Dance becoming winner No. 6 for Two Step Salsa on Monday, Get Away's red-hot stallion added another pair at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday to give him eight for the first 20 days of 2016.  In the fifth race, going seven furlongs with Olaf Hernandez in the irons, Lafanciulladelwest sat in mid-pack early, moved four wide entering the stretch, and barreled past the leaders to score by nearly two lengths. It marked the third career victory for the 5-year-old mare . . . Two races later, with Two Step Salsa fans still savoring the $24 win price on Lafanciulladelwest, J's Two Step Halo went one better. This 5-year-old mare scooted wire-to-wire under Ronnie Allen Jr., digging in gamely in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths and pay $26.60, while racing seven furlongs in a smart 1:23.92. Owned and bred by Janis Maitlen, J's Two Step Halo sports a record of 5-4-6 in 27 starts and the $14,700 winner's check boosted her earnings to $146,790. 

Two Step Salsa Gets Sixth Winner in Texas


Two Step Salsa's sizzling beginning to 2016 continued without let-upTuesday when Do I Make Ya Dance, one of the products of a huge rescue operation several years ago, scored her initial victory racing 5 1/2 furlongs at Sam Houston Park. The 4-year-old filly survived a fierce head-to-head battle for the entire trip and held on gamely late to prevail by a neck. Do I Make Ya Dance broke her maiden in her third career start after a layoff of nearly a year, and became winner No. 6 for her sire in 19 days.

Two Step Salsa Breaks $4 Million Mark


With a pair of $13,800 payouts yesterday, Two Step Salsa achieved two milestones. When Classic Salsa finished a bang-up second in the eighth race at Aqueduct, the stallion by Petionville surpassed the $4 million mark in career progeny earnings. A short time later, Two Steps of Glory broke her maiden in the ninth at Santa Anita and became her sire's fifth winner in the first 16 days of 2016, at the same time sending him over $100,000 for the season. Classic Salsa, Two Step Salsa's leading money-winner of 2015, added his $13,800 with his rousing runner-up finish at the Big A, sizzling along on the lead in :22.67, :45.60 and :57.99 before being caught nearing the wire in a race that went in 1:10.82 for the six furlongs. The 5-year-old is now 8-4-4 in 23 starts and his earnings jumped to $286,982. To show how highly-regarded he is, Classic Salsa was claimed out of the race for $62,500 . . . Two Steps of Glory had finished second four times at two before breaking through with her first victory as the 5/2 second choice under Tyler Baze. She earned her $13,800 by coming from five lengths back at the stretch call to get up by three-quarters of a length in the 5 1/2-furlong race and vaulting her sire's earnings to $4,026,892.  

Two Step Flor On Eye-Opening Tear


Two Step Salsa continued his quick beginning to 2016 with another pair of winners over the weekend and he now has four in the first 10 days of the new season. At Golden Gate Fields, Two Step Flor's sensational run extended into another year when she went wire-to-wire in a starter allowance for her third victory in a row. With Hall of Famer Russell Baze aboard, the 5-year-old mare was clocked in 1:04.21 for the 5 1/2 furlongs as she jogged home by nearly two lengths at odds of 20 cents to a dollar. Two Step Flor has posted five victories and two seconds in her last seven starts in California, and she sports a career record of 8-4-2 in 20 tries with earnings of $174,960 . . . At Penn National, Pennsylvania-bred Copley Square, who had finished second in his previous race at Parx, broke his maiden under Chuck Lopez, coming from mid-pack in the 1 1/16th-mile race and drawing off late to score by 1 3/4 lengths. The 5-year-old gelding had posted five seconds and three thirds before breaking through with his initial victory . . . Two Step Salsa has already accounted for $71,116 in progeny earnings in just 10 days and needs less than $6,000 to pass the $4 million mark.    

Two Step Salsa Off to Flying Start


Two Step Salsa wasted no time getting in gear for 2016 with a pair of winners in Florida and Louisiana to celebrate the new year. At Gulfstream Park, Two Step Time became winner No. 1 with a come-from-behind victory for owner Get Away Farm in a $35,000 starter optional claimer at one mile on the grass. In a crowded field of 14, with turf specialist Joel Rosario aboard, the 3-year-old colt trained by Michael Maker took the rail route on the final turn, shot into the lead and continued on to win by a length in 1:36.71 while delighting Two Step Salsa backers with a whopping $37.20 mutuel price. The $21,500 winner's check boosted Two Step Time's earnings to $43,250 in just four starts . . . At Fair Grounds, Conquest Caliente broke his maiden with another come-from-behind effort in a one-mile race that came off the turf and was contested in the rain. With Florent Geroux in the saddle, at odds of 3-1, the 3-year-old colt bred by Savanna Run Farm was forced wide on both turns and still was able to sweep past the leaders by three-quarters of a length, picking up a check for $11,400. 

Filly Is Two Step Salsa's 41st Winner


Salsa Appeal beat the deadline on Wednesday and became Two Step Salsa's 41st winner of 2015. The 3-year-old colt bred by Casey Seaman went wire-to-wire in a 6 1/2-furlong race at Camarero Racetrack in Puerto Rico, opening up an early 3 1/2-length lead and holding that margin all the way to the finish. Two Step Salsa closed out the year with his best season - progeny earnings of $1,678,103 - good for second place among Florida's third-crop sires and in 10th on Florida's general sire list, where he had many fewer runners than the leaders. 

Two Maiden Scores for Two Step Salsa at Tampa


It was Two Step Salsa day at Tampa Bay Downs Wednesday as two of the stallion's runners broke their maiden, giving the son of Petionville 40 winners for the year. In the eighth race, One Lucky Step, a 3-year-old gelding owned and bred by Gerald and Mary Bennett, went wire-to-wire in a $23,000 maiden special at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. He posted blazing fractions of :21.63, :44.83 and :57.07, en route to a head victory in 1:03.47, less than 7/10ths of a second off the course record. It was just One Lucky Step's third career start - he had finished second in his previous two at Monmouth Park and Indiana Grand and was sent off at 1/2 in this one. Three races earlier, Step Two broke his maiden in another wire-to-wire performance, getting home by a neck for owner-breeder Penelope Pugh at one mile and one-sixteenth on the grass. The two victories served to boost Two Step's Salsa's progeny earnings for the year to $1,656,184.  

Open House - Stallion Preview Set for Saturday


Get Away Farm's annual open house and stallion preview will be held this Saturday, Dec. 19, between noon and 3 p. m. Luncheon and refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for complimentary 2016 seasons to the farm's stallions, Two Step Salsa and Drill. 

Sharp Colt Lifts Up Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa acquired his fifth 2-year-old winner of 2015, and his 37th winner overall, when Lift Me Up annihilated a field of maidens racing 7 1/2 furlongs over the main track at Delta Downs yesterday. With Gerard Melancon riding, the colt owned and bred by Midwest Thoroughbreds took the lead at the break, continued to widen his advantage at every pole, and was in cruise control at the finish, nearly nine lengths in front. After finishing fourth in his debut, Lift Me Up was sent off at odds of 3/5. Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings have now reached $1,589,491 as he shoots to eclipse his best of last season - $1,624,133. 

Two Step Salsa Colt Tons the Best on Gulfstream West grass


Black Martino came from out of the clouds on Nov. 14 to score a sharp victory on the grass at Gulfstream West. With Emisael Jaramillo in the irons, the multiple stakes-placed son of Two Step Salsa was off 10th and last in the one-mile turf race and remained there for three-quarters of a mile. When Jaramillo asked him to run, the 3-year-old colt circled the field six wide on the turn and was much the best in the final sixteenth, drawing off to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Black Martino, who has been stakes-placed three times this year, earned a check for $20,400 and raised his career total to $129,868. 

Two Step Flor On Fire in California


They just can't stop Two Step Flor out on the West Coast. After scoring a sharp victory at Golden Gate Fields just 15 days earlier, the 4-year-old filly by Two Step Salsa made it two straight yesterday with a stirring wire-to-wire performance under Joe Steiner. Breaking from the No. 2 post, at odds of 8/5, Two Step Flor broke quickly on top and was immediately joined by Patsy G and Me from post. As they sped past the quarter in :22.50, the half in :45.21 and the 5 furlongs in :57.21, the two fillies were inseparable and it remained that way all the way to the finish. Two Step Flor prevailed by a neck with six furlongs in 1:09.59 and paid $5.20. The red-hot filly bred by Maverick Stables is 4-2-0 in her last six starts,7-4-2 in 19 lifetime tries, and her earnings jumped to  $165,960. 

Two Step Salsa Enjoys Great Success Over the Weekend


Two Step Salsa and Get Away Farm enjoyed a highly successful weekend, getting another stakes-placed runner, a victory by an old veteran and a maiden victory by a promising 2-year-old owned by the farm . . . The stakes-placed runner was lightly-raced One Step Salsa, who was involved in a wild four-horse finish in the $100,000 Millions Turf Preview at Gulfstream West. The 4-year-old gelding bred by Emil Hagger sat comfortably in fourth in the early going of the 1 1/16-mile race on the turf, moved three wide on the turn under Eddie Castro, and closed well to be involved in the photo that took several minutes for the placing judges to unscramble. When they did, One Step Salsa was a head behind Old Time Hockey, locked in a dead-heat for the place with Rizwan. The split check of $15,912 boosted the gelding's earnings to $70,720 on a record of 3-1-0 in five starts . . . The old veteran was Hojas, the product of a donated mating of Two Step Salsa to the rescue mare Do I Make Ya Randi. The 4-year-old colt scored by 1 3/4 lengths at Los Alamitos, racing 4 1/2 furlongs in a swift :52.30 and raising his record to 3-3-3 in 15 starts . . . The new 2-year-old winner was Two Step Time, who had finished third at Gulfstream West in his October debut for Get Away Farm. With Tyler Gaffalione aboard, the colt sat eighth in a 10-horse field racing one mile on the grass, then moved up steadily, took the lead in the stretch and drew off to score by 1 /12 lengths as the 2-1 favorite. The three successes boosted their sire's earnings to $1,525,732.   

Two Step Flor Just Keeps on Improving


Two Step Flor pushed Two Step Salsa closer to the $1.5 million mark in progeny earnings this year with a wire-to-wire three-length victory at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. The 4-year-old filly bred by Maverick Stables stopped the teletimer in a smart 1:09.71 for the six furlongs and paid a generous $12.40, despite the fact that she came into the race after having posted two victories and two seconds in her last four starts. In her career, Two Step Flor is 6-4-2 in 18 starts and the $13,800 winner's check ballooned her earnings to $149,760. 

Get Away Farm-bred wins $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint at Keeneland


Get Away Farm helped kick off today's Breeders' Cup festivities at Keeneland when Sheikh of Sheikhs captured the $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes, the race prior to the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. Sheikh of Sheikhs is a 2-year-old colt by Discreetly Mine out of Get Away's Pioneering mare Homesteader. Bred by Get Away's owner, Manny Andrade, he was sold for $50,000 to Ocala's Grassroots Training & Sales at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. Grassroots pinhooked him into the 2015 Fasig-Tipton May sale at Timonium and he was purchased for $330,000 by Abdullah Saeed Almaddah, in whose name he ran today. At odds of 8/5, with Frankie Dettori riding, Sheikh of Sheikhs stalked the early pace in second, then drove past the leader in the stretch and went on to score by half a length in 1:10.28 for the six furlongs. The $60,000 check for his second victory in three starts pushed his earnings to $111,467. Sheikh of Sheikhs is a half-brother to Conquest Two Step, the 4-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa who won the Gr. II Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita, was second in the Gr. I Malibu Stakes by a neck to champion Shared Belief, and third in the Gr. II San Carlos Stakes, earning $339,408. Homesteader's 3-year-old is the Two Step Salsa gelding Salsa Dog, who broke his maiden at Finger Lakes earlier this month, and there's a weanling at the farm by Sidney's Candy.

Moonlight Salsa Scores on Gulfstream West Turf


After posting two straight seconds at Gulfstream Park, Moonlight Salsa gave Two Step Salsa another winner on the grass yesterday, scoring a 1 1/2-length victory after a switch over to Gulfstream West. With Eder Martinez riding in the 7 1/2-furlong race, the 4-year-old filly came from about 10 lengths behind on the final turn and swept by the field down the lane to become her sire's 35th winner this year. Moonlight Salsa is owned by her breeder, Joseph Waugh, and she earned a check for $11,000  

Two Step Salsa Gets Winners No. 33 and 34


Two Step Salsa added two more winners to his ledger yesterday and now has 34 for the year. At Gulfstream Park West, Dean of Salsa became his sire's third 2-year-old winner of the year with a convincing 4 1/4-length victory racing a mile and 70 yards under Luca Panici. The colt owned and bred by Lucille Geranis, off as the 2-1 favorite, came from sixth place with a strong outside move on the turn, then drew off easily in the stretch for his maiden victory. Dean of Salsa was claimed out of the race by prominent owner/trainer Steve Klesaris. In Ohio, Bonita's Gift emulated Dean of Salsa's run at Thistledown, sitting in a stalking position while racing a mile and 40 yards, moving wide on the turn and turning on the jets in the stretch to score by 10 lengths. The 4-year-old gelding bred by Beth Bayer was sent off as the 6/5 favorite. The two victories helped boost Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for 2015 to $1,424,811.  

Two Step Salsa First-Timer Romps at Gulfstream West


West Shore Drive helped kick off a memorable season opener at Gulfstream Park West yesterday with a scintillating victory in his career debut. Racing 1 1/16 miles under Jose Caraballo, the 2-year-old son of Two Step Salsa was off last in the 11-horse field, moved up to 10th after half a mile, then began a monster overland move on the turn that saw him inhale the field and draw off without the need of urging to score by nearly 11 widening lengths. The victory was worth $14,800 to owner/breeder Robert C. Roffey Jr. and pushed Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for the season to $1,380,572. West Shore Drive became his sire's 32nd winner of 2015.   

Salsa Dog Romps by 12


Salsa Dog, a 3-year-old gelding bred by Manny Andrade, became Two Step Salsa's 31st winner of 2015 with an awesome maiden-breaking score at Finger Lakes on Monday. At odds of 5 cents to a dollar, Salsa Dog broke on top in the six-furlong race under John Davila Jr. and lengthened his margin at every call. He was four lengths in front after a half-mile, opened up by 12 in the stretch and retained that lead to the wire, finishing in 1:11.38 while under wraps. 

Nopalito Helps Push Two Step Salsa Over $1.3 Million


Two Step Salsa passed the $1.3 million mark in 2015 progeny earnings over the weekend, spurred by Nopalito, who picked up $14,400 with a smart victory at Presque Isle Downs. With veteran Mario Pino aboard, the 3-year-old colt bred by Get Away Farm sat seventh early in the 6 1/2-furlong race, moved up to fourth between horses after a half mile, and continued to accelerate through the stretch to score by 3 1/4 lengths. Nopalito was clocked in 1:16.92 as he boosted his record to 2-3-4 in 14 starts, with earnings of $69,582. Two Step Salsa's earnings jumped to $1,324,714.  

One Step Salsa Remains Unbeaten in Indiana


In his first two career starts at Gulfstream Park back in January and February, One Step Salsa scored a pair of sharp turf victories at odds of 14-1 and 11-1. The 4-year-old gelding by Two Step Salsa didn't run again until Wednesday, when owner Michael Pietrangelo unveiled him at Indiana Grand Race Course in a $36,000 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. With Fernando De La Cruz aboard, One Step Salsa went off at odds of 3/5 and didn't disappoint. He stalked the early pace from second and third on the outside, made his move around the leaders on the turn and prevailed by one-half length after a prolonged two-horse battle down the lane. The unbeaten gelding has earned $55,900 and moved his sire within less than $7,000 of the $1.3 million mark in 2015 progeny earnings.  

Improving Salsamon Goes Wire-to-Wire at Presque Isle


Salsamon improved her record to 3-3-1 in 11 starts with a wire-to-wire victory as the 2-1 favorite at Presque Isle Downs. The 4-year-old daughter of Two Step Salsa bolted into the lead in 22.60 seconds under Willie Martinez and retained a safe margin throughout the 5 1/2 furlongs, posting a final clocking of 1:04.57. She won by 3 1/4 lengths, and collected a check for $11,700. Salsamon has registered two victories and a second in her last three starts.

Two Step Flor Wins Second Straight at Del Mar


Two Step Flor brought her sire to within one victory of 100 winning races on Saturday, while making it two wins in a row at Del Mar. The 4-year-old Two Step Salsa filly had won her last by a head in a game performance under Rafael Bejarano, and Bejarano did it again this time despite a five-wide trip down the backstretch. Two Step Flor shot into the lead from the outside into the stretch and won by a length in 1:10.99 for the six furlongs, the 99th winning race for sons and daughters of Two Step Salsa. The filly is an impressive 5-3-2 in 16 starts and is a member of her sire's growing $100,000-plus club with earnings of $131,360.  

Two Step Salsa Gets 30th Winner, Surpasses $1.2 Million


Winners in Hallandale Beach and Puerto Rico helped Two Step Salsa surpass the $1.2 million mark in progeny earnings for 2015. At Gulfstream Park on Sept. 3, Charanga, bred by Get Away Farm, became her sire's 30th winner this year when she uncorked a powerful late run from near last place to win a 1 1/16-mile turf race by half a length. Eddie Castro timed the 4-year-old filly's move to perfection and it was worth $12,900 to owner Carolynn Stable. At Camarero Race Track on Aug. 31, Leslie Two Step went wire-to-wire under Jomar Garcia, opening up by 6 1/2 lengths in the stretch and coasting home by 9 3/4 in the seven-furlong race. She paid $7.50. Bred by the University of Florida Foundation, the 4-year-old filly sports a record 5-4-4 in 29 starts and is 2-1-2 in her last five. Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for this year have reached $1,228,596.

Another $100,000 Earner for Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa another entrant to his growing list of $100,000 earners when Two Step Flor scored a game victory racing 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar. The 4-year-old filly bred by Maverick stable had been on the sidelines for 10 months, returning in May and getting a third and second before posting her fourth victory in 15 starts in her latest try. With Rafael Bejarano aboard, Two Step Flor battled head and head for the lead from the outset and prevailed by a head in 1:17.72. The winner's check of $21,600 raised her career total to $115,760.

29th Winner of 2015 for Two Step Salsa


When Set on Salsa stepped into the starting gate for the fourth race at Monmouth Park on Saturday, her price on the tote board was 4-1. When the 4-year-old filly crossed the line in the 1 1/16-mile turf race 1:43.12 later, she was listed at 3-1. Whomever sent in the late money on Set on Salsa knew what they were doing, because she shot to the lead under Nik Juarez and never looked back, winning by 2 1/2 lengths and becoming Two Step Salsa's 29th winner of 2015. Coupled with Master Mick's sensational score in the Cleveland Kindergarten, Two Step Salsa's rapidly increasing progeny earnings for the year now stand at $1,183,078. 

Master Mick Becomes Two Step Salsa's First 2yo Stakes-Winner of 2015


The only thing missing to complete a super high five in Saturday's Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes at Thistledown was Jose Feliciano singing "Light My Fire." Master Mick became Two Step Salsa's first 2-year-old stakes-winner of 2015 when he waltzed home 5 1/4 lengths in front in the $75,000 stakes at six furlongs. And the Feliciano family accounted for four of the lines in the colt's past performances - owner, breeder and trainer - Miguel Feliciano; jockey Ricardo Feliciano. Master Mick had broken his maiden at the track last month, winning in another yawner by 9 1/4 lengths, and the winner's check of $45,000 for the Kindergarten raised his earnings to $64,500. The Ohio-bred, who was sent off at 1/9 and paid $2.20, broke on top and opened up a lead of 2 1/2 lengths in a 22.66 quarter, then increased the margin at every call, completing the six furlongs in 1:12.28. The Equibase chartman's description was "unchallenged." Miguel Feliciano's winter home base is Tampa Bay Downs, so Master Mick is a likely candiddate to compete in Oldsmar at the meeting beginning in late November.

Salsita Pays Off Big on Del Mar Grass


Salsita added to a highly successful month for Two Step Salsa with a wire-to-wire victory over the Del Mar turf course yesterday. The 4-year-old filly battled head-and-head for the lead from the outset under Santiago Gonzalez, took over in the stretch and held the field clear at the wire by a length. She was clocked in 1:35.31 for the one-mile distance and collected the winner's check of $30,000. Salsita has now earned $154,490 in her career on a record of 5-7-1 in 22 starts. Despite her solid record, the bettors let Salsita get away at odds of 26-1.  

Two Step Salsa's 27th Winner a Family Outing


An exciting month for Two Step Salsa continued on July 21 when Flaming Desire was an easy wire-to-wire winner in a one-mile maiden race at Indiana Grand Race Course. The 4-year-old filly bred in Indiana by Ocalan Casey Seaman became her sire's 27th winner of 2015 and his fourth winner in July, one of them being Master Mick, his first 2-year-old winner this season. He's also had two stakes-placed runners as he begins his march toward the $2 million mark in progeny earnings. Flaming Desire is a true family proposition - trained by Gary Patrick, owned by Cindy Patrick and ridden by apprentice Cheyanna Patrick. The filly separated herself from the middle of a battling trio on the turn and drew off to score by five lengths.  

Two Step Salsa Breaks $1 Million Mark


Two Step Salsa went over the $1 million mark in 2015 progeny earnings over the weekend, keyed by Black Martino's third-place finish in the $57,600 Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa sat second behind 6/5 favorite Nonna's Boy in the mile and one-sixteenth turf race, but was nailed in the final jump for the runner-up spot. The race went in a swift 1:41.11. The $6,000 check helped Two Step Salsa jump to $1,009,249, his second straight million-dollar year. Black Martino, bred by Bailey Bolen, is 2-3-4 in 16 career starts with earnings of $96,338, and has been stakes-placed in three of his last five starts.   

Salsamon Romps to 14 1/2-length Victory


All it took for Salsamon to reach the winner's circle was a change of venue. The 4-year-old filly by Two Step Salsa became her sire's 26th winner on July 11 after leaving Delaware Park and making her first start at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort. Salsamon, who was bred in Pennsylvania by Armand Delaperriere, broke on top in the 5 1/2-furlong race, passed the quarter two lengths in front in 22.65, then lengthened the margin all the way to the wire, prevailing by an eye-catching 14 1/2 lengths. She now sports a record of 2-2-1 in nine starts, and her sire is less than $7,000 away from passing the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for 2015.

Gr. III Stakes-Placed Runner for Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa added a Gr. III stakes-placed runner when J's Two Step Halo finished third in the $163,500 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old filly became her sire's fourth stakes horse of 2015 and collected $15,000, raising her career earnings to $124,650 on a record of 4-4-5 in 20 starts. Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for the year stand at $992,453.

Classic Salsa Racking Up the $$ in Northeast


Classic Salsa has blossomed into Two Step Salsa's leading money-winner for 2015 with a pair of sharp victories just 13 days apart. The 4-year-old colt bred by McFarland Farm went wire-to-wire under Angel Cruz at Belmont Park on June 18, winning by three-quarters of a length. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, he was clocked in 1:10.05 for the six furlongs and collected a check of $35,400. Classic Salsa came back on July 1 at Penn National with Trevor McCarthy aboard, and at odds of 4/5 wired the field again, this time by nearly two lengths with six furlongs in 1:09.71. The winner's purse of $18,840 raised the colt's earnings for the year to $162,610 on a record of 5-1-1 in nine starts. Overall, Classic Salsa is 8-2-2 in 18 starts with career earnings of $243,982.  

Master Mick Is Two Step Salsa's First 2yo Winner of 2015


Master Mick became Two Step Salsa's first 2-year-old winner of 2015, and 25th winner overall, when he destroyed the field in a $32,500 maiden special at Thistledown yesterday. With Ricardo Feliciano aboard, Master Mick took the lead soon after the break in the five-furlong race and the rider never even moved his hands the rest of the way. Master Mick was coasting the entire length of the stretch with Feliciano standing in the irons, or he would have gone much faster than the final time of 59 seconds flat. The colt, who is owned, bred and trained by veteran horseman Miguel Feliciano, was 9 1/4 lengths in front at the wire, and collected a check of $19,500. Master Mick, an Ohio-bred, is listed as a dark bay or brown colt, but appears to be jet black on TV. He raised Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings to $976,845. 

Two Step Cowboy Ropes In Turf Foes at Tampa


Two Step Cowboy shipped upstate from Gulfstream Park for the two-day Summer Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs and annihilated the field as the 7/5 favorite in a one-mile event on the turf. In just his third career start, the 4-year-old colt owned and bred by Norman Franklin became Two Step Salsa's 24th winner of 2015 while helping his sire's progeny earnings for the year jump to $928,355. Pedro Monterrey Jr. had Two Step Cowboy sitting comfortably in third place in the early stages, about six lengths off the two leaders, who went by the three-quarters in a quick 1:10.35. When Monterrey let the colt roll, he lassoed the front pair and was flying in the stretch, igetting to the wire by a widening 8 1/2 lengths, while clocked in a solid 1:36.68 for the mile. For Two Step Salsa, the $1 million mark is next.     

Rescue Colt Gets Two Step Salsa Winner No. 23 for 2015


The story about the 2010 rescue of a great many mares and race horses from a failing Ocala farm by Get Away Farm's advertising director, Kathy Taylor, has been well-documented by thoroughbred publications. To aid in getting the horses relocated, Get Away's owner, Manny Andrade, donated a season to Two Step Salsa and Kathy bred him to the successful Crown Ambassador mare Do I Make Ya Randi. Sold in foal cheaply to, ironically, Randi Moreau, the resultant colt was named Hojas and the now 4-year-old made his return to the races at Lone Star Park Saturday after a layoff of 51 weeks. With Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez abaord, Hojas shot to the lead in 22.77 in the 5 1/2-furlong race, continued along in front, lost the lead briefly in mid-stretch, then dug in gamely in the final 100 yards to score by half a length. Hojas, now 2-1-2 in nine starts, became his sire's 23rd winner of 2015 and left Two Step Salsa less than $9,000 short of the $900,000 mark for the year.  

Black Martino's Cugat Handicap 2nd Keys Two Step Salsa's Run Toward $900,000


Two Step Salsa made a strong push toward the $900,000 mark in 2015 progeny earnings, keyed by Saturday's near miss of Black Martino in the $60,000 King Cugat Handicap at Gulfstream Park, and his 22nd winner of the year. Black Martino, who had finished third in the $60,000 Cutler Bay at Gulfstream in April, sat back in seventh place early in the mile and one-sixteenth Cugat on the grass. When Eddie Castro let him run on the turn, the 3-year-old colt came wide and joined a three-way battle to the wire, eventually succumbing by a neck to 2-1 shot My Point Exactly in a bang-bang finish. The clocking was an excellent 1:40.88. Black Martino collected $11,520 for second and raised his career total to $90,338. In Puerto Rico, Leslie Two Step became winner No. 22 for her sire, gamely holding on to score by a nose in a five-furlong test at Camarero after a prolonged stretch drive. Two Step Salsa's earnings for the year jumped to $882,780, as he continues to hold down first place as Florida's top third-crop sire.    

Poppy's Two Step Is Two Step Salsa's 21st Winner of 2015


Keyed by a maiden-breaking victory by Poppy's Two Step Poppy, Two Step Salsa's 2015 progeny earnings jumped to $828,447 on Saturday. After finishing third in his career debut at Delaware Park, Poppy's Two Step came from third place racing six furlongs, moved three-wide on the turn under Tyler Conner, nailed 4/5 favorite Summer Mom nearing the wire and went on to score by three-quarters of a length. The 3-year-old colt was clocked in 1:12.08 and became his sire's 21st winner this year.

Bear's Cowboy By 8; Two Step Salsa closing in on $800,000


Bear's Cowboy, a 4-year-old from the first crop of Two Step Salsa, boosted his record to 4-3-4 in 23 starts and his earnings to $126,468 with an impressive score in a $30,680 allowance race at Penn National. Racing a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track after the race was taken off the grass, the gelding bred by Vogt Farms shot to the front soon after the break under veteran rider Clinton Potts and widened the lead at every call. Bear's Cowboy led by six lengths in mid-stretch and cruised under the wire eight lengths ahead of 9/10 favorite Itsjustagame. The winner's share of $17,700 helped increase Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for 2015 to $789,563.  

Echale Salsita Pushes Two Step Salsa Past $3 Million Mark


Two Step Salsa surpassed the $3 million mark in career progeny earnings when Echale Salsita scored at Monmouth Park on May 31, for her third victory on the grass. The 4-year-old filly bred by Chad and Michelle Johnson sat in mid-pack under Angel Serpa, came off the rail into the stretch and powered past the field to win by 1 1/4 lengths, clocked in 1:43.70 for the mile and one-sixteenth distance. It was Echale Salsita's second victory in her last three starts after she won on the grass at Gulfstream Park in April. The victory was worth $11,400 and increased Two Step Salsa's earnings to $3,004,215 just as his third crop is gearing up for the races.

Two Step Salsa Gets 20th Winner, Passes $700,000 Mark


Two step Salsa reached two more milestones this week - getting his 20th winner of 2015 and surpassing the $700,000 mark in progeny earnings. The latest winner was Stepsun, a 3-year-old colt bred by Elizabeth Cole Houck who broke his maiden at Santa Anita on May 16 in his fourth start. Stepsun left from the No. 11 post in the seven-furlong race, sat in mid-pack early, then made a six-wide move on the turn under Tiago Pereira and was up in the final jump to win by a nose in 1:24.08. The winner's check of $11,200 helped his sire jump to $717,046 in seasonal earnings.   

Two More Winners for Two Step Salsa; $700,000 Is Next


Two Step Salsa added two more winning races to his ledger on Saturday, and his progeny earnings for 2015 are now less than $5,000 from reaching the $700,000 mark. Tamazula, a 4-year-old filly bred by Get Away Farm, made a strong, four-wide rally on the turn and was up to score by a length in a $24,500 allowance optional claimer at Arlington Park. It was the first start for the filly since Dec. 12 and was worth $14,200 after she completed six furlongs in 1:11.75 with Edgar Perez. Tamazula is closing in on the $100,000 mark with earnings of $85,841. At Gulfstream Park, Tea's Two Step sat close to the early pace going six furlongs, and when he moved with three furlongs remaining, the 4-year-old colt drew off to score by two lengths. Sent off as the 7/5 favorite, Tea's Two Step earned $9,100 to raise his earnings to $67,138.  

Well-Rested Two Step Salsa Fillies in Sharp Returns


A pair of fillies showed this week that long layoffs don't deter runners by Two Step Salsa. On May 2, the 4-year-old Siyawe returned from a break of nearly 14 months to score her first victory in a 5-furlong maiden special at Mountaineer Casino Race Track. With Deshawn Parker aboard, Siyawe made a powerful move from fourth place and was going away at the finish, winning by four lengths in a quick 57.94. Even though it was her first start since March 16 of 2014 at Gulfstream Park, she went off as second choice at odds of 8/5, paying $5.40. The next day, Rince Tapaigh raised her record to 2-3-0 in six starts with a hard-fought nose victory in a 5-furlong test at Woodbine. The 3-year-old filly, who had been off since Nov. 26, came from fourth place at odds of 8-1, made up three lengths late, and nailed the 4/5 favorite in the final jump. The victory, achieved in 57.91, was worth $16,088. The previous week, Jamaican-bred 3-year-old filly Salsa Dancer broke her maiden at her home track, Caymanas Park.    

Calumet, Asmussen Score With Two Step Salsa Colt


Dance on Warrior, a 3-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa with elite connections, scored a come-from-behind victory in a $32,000 maiden special race at Indiana Grand Race Course on Tuesday. The colt bred in Florida by Bryan Osteen and Oliver B. Brooks Jr. campaigns in the famed red and black silks of world-renowned Calumet Farm, and is saddled by one of the country's leading trainers, Steve Asmussen. With Rafael Hernandez riding, Dance On Warrior sat in fourth place early in the one-mile race, then moved on the turn and was best at the wire by three-quarters of a length despite being bumped by the pace-setter as he was surging into the lead in the final sixteenth. The victory, in the colt's third start, was worth $19,200.

Two Step Salsa Colt Sells for $120,000 at OBS


A colt by Two Step Salsa, HIP No. 1061, sold for $120,000 on the final day of the OBS April 2-year-old sale. Consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, the first foal out of the Sligo Bay mare Franconia was purchased by Jim and Susan Hill after posting a sizzling three-furlong work of 33.3 seconds at the under-tack show. All told, the two colts and one filly by the stallion sold at the four-day auction averaged nearly $97,000.

Another $100,000 Earner for Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa added another $100,000 earner to his ledger when Bear's Cowboy scored a rail-skimming victory in a six-furlong race at Penn National. The 4-year-old gelding came from fifth place under Andrew Wolfsont and swept into the lead at the top of the stretch, then drew off to win by six widening lengths in 1:11.91. The winner's check of $12,540 boosted Bear's Cowboy's career earnings to $107,718.

TM Ventures Likes Two Step Salsa's Runners


TM Ventures has a fondness for sons and daughters of Two Step Salsa, as evidenced by Thursday's third session of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training. First, TM dipped in to spend $85,000 for HIP No. 798, a bay colt by Two Step Salsa out of the Metfield mare Blindfold, consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent. The colt is a half-brother to three winners. A short time later, TM stepped up to buy HIP No. 897, Two Steps of Glory, a bay filly out of the Concerto mare Concert Quest consigned by Best A Luck Farm, agent. Ironically, the filly also was hammered down for $85,000. Two Step Salsa is currently the leading third-crop Florida sire and the fifth-leading third-crop sire in North America with 2015 progeny earnings of $550,127. The stallion by Petionville is nearing $3 million in lifetime earnings.  

Two Step Salsa Colt Finds His Track


After posting three seconds and three thirds at four tracks, Nopalito found his fifth oval much to his liking, breaking his maiden at Hawthorne at odds of 70 cents to a dollar in a race that came off the grass and was run over the main track. With Edgar Perez aboard, the 3-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa bred by Get Away Farm stalked the early pace before exploding to a 3 1/2-length lead in the stretch, and coasting home by 1 1/2 to pay $3.40. The $13,200 winner's check boosted Nopalito's earnings to $51,157, just above Two Step Salsa's average-earnings-per-starter. At Gulfstream Park the previous week, Echale Salsita went wire-to-wire at a mile and one-sixteenth on the grass, opening up by four lengths in the stretch under Angel Serpa before prevailing by a length. The 4-year-old filly bred by Chad and Michelle Johnson collected $11,000 and paid her backers $15.20.

Two Step Salsa Colt Third in Gulfstream Turf Stakes


Black Martino became the latest stakes-placed runner for Two Step Salsa when he finished third in Wednesday's $60,000 Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old colt led into the stretch in the one-mile race on the grass with Leandro Goncalves in the irons, and earned a check for $5,820. This season, Black Martino is 2-0-1 in four starts and his earnings jumped to $70,820. Two Step Salsa is currently the fifth-leading third-crop sire in North America with 2015 progeny earnings of $506,334.  

Salsa Dog Working Bullets at Palm Meadows


Salsa Dog, a full brother to graded stakes-winner Conquest Two Step, has posted a pair of bullet works at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach in preparation for his second start. The 3-year-old colt out of the Pioneering mare Homesteader, bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, breezed four furlongs on the grass in :49.75 on March 24, best of 31 works at the distance. He then came back with a 47.95 breeze over the main track on March 30, best of 20. In his three most recent starts, full brother Conquest Two Step won the Gr. II Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita, was a close second to champion Shared Belief in the Gr. I Malibu, and third in the Gr. II San Carlos Stakes; he's earned $339,408.   

Two Step Salsa Off On Another Tear


Runners by Two Step Salsa went on another familiar tear last week, winning three races in four days from California to Florida to Pennsylvania. At Santa Anita on the 22nd, Salsita came from last place in a nine-horse field to score a half-length victory over the famed hillside turf course, getting the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.13. Despite the fact that the 4-year-old filly had won just two races back, she was allowed to go off at 41-1 and paid $84.20. Salsita went wide on the turn under Felipe Valdez and made up nearly five lengths from the eighth pole home, earning a check for $19,200. She's now 4-7-0 in 17 starts with a bank account of $118,580. The day before, Pennsylvania-bred Stormy Stepper went wire-to-wire under Michael Ritvo in a six-furlong race at Parx, stopping the clock in 1:11.31. The 4-year-old gelding, like Salsita from Two Step Salsa's first crop, scorched through the early going in :21.95 and :45.10 en route to his nearly two-length victory. His second victory was worth $19,320. On the 18th, Black Martino overcame the No. 9 post to score a $31.60 upset racing a mile and one-sixteenth on the grass at Gulfstream Park. With Jose Lezcano aboard, the 3-year-old colt from Two Step Salsa's second crop battled up front on the outside before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 1 1/4 lengths after a prolonged drive. Black Martino had also won two races back, and the $21,500 purse boosted his earnings to $65,000. Two Step Salsa is less than $5,000 away from reaching the $500,000 mark in progeny earnings this year, and has surpassed $2.7 million lifetime as he awaits his third crop to arrive at the races.   

One Step Salsa Remains Unbeaten at Gulfstream Park


    When One Step Salsa made his career debut on Jan. 19 racing 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass at Gulfstream Park, he received very little support from the betting public. That turned out to be a big mistake, as the 4-year-old gelding by Two Step Salsa came from last place in an 11-horse field to win going away - by 1 1/2 lengths. He paid $30.20. One Step Salsa returned yesterday in a 1 1/6-mile turf race, and most of the bettors let him get away again. This time, jockey Luis Saez changed tactics, bolting out of the gate with the gelding at the start and never looking back. One Step Salsa went wire-to-wire and scored by 2 1/4 lengths; the price this time was $25.40. The gelding bred by Emil Hagger has earned $34,300 in his two races and it will be interesting to see if the bettors have learned their lesson.   

Classic Salsa On a Tear at Aqueduct


    Unlike so many of his New York colleagues, trainer David Jacobsen doesn't like to let the moss grow under his stable's feet. A prime example is the 4-year-old Classic Salsa, by Two Step Salsa out of the Wildcat Heir mare Wildcat Affair. After winning at Aqueduct on Dec. 10, the colt bred by McFarland Farm won again on Jan. 9, finished second on Jan. 15, and posted his third victory in four starts with a game performance in a $67,000 allowance race on Saturday. Classic Salsa, under Angel Cruz, went right to the lead in the six-furlong affair, was tested from the outside every step of the way, and outfinished two rivals to prevail in a three-horse photo. He was clocked in 1:11.11. The colt sports a record of 5-2-1 in 12 starts and the $40,200 winner's check from his latest score boosted his earnings to $155,572. With just 26 starters in 2015, far less than any other Florida leading sire, Two Step Salsa is third on the money list with progeny earnings of $291,963.  

Jan. 31 - A Big Day for Two Step Salsa


Two Step Salsa closed out January with a roar yesterday from California to Kentucky. It began in the fourth race at Santa Anita, which was won by Salsita, who came from near the back of the nine-filly field to score by a length in 1:17.18 for the 6 1/2 furlongs. The 4-year-old filly from Two Step Salsa's first crop earned $12,000 for the victory and boosted her total to $99,130 on a record of 3-7-0 in 15 starts. Two races later, Conquest Two Step, bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, gained his first stakes victory with a 1 1/4-length score in the Gr. II, $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes. He left in his wake three talented colts - Secret Circle, Distinctiv Passion and Wild Dude. In his previous start, the 4-year-old colt had just missed overtaking highly-regarded Shared Belief in the Gr. I Malibu. Conquest Two Step, trained by Ocalan Mark Casse, Canada's leading conditioner, was clocked in an eye-catching 1:08.10 under Joe Talamo and collected $120,000 for his effort. He's 3-5-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $309,408. Later in the evening, Two Step Temper, owned by Get Away Farm, made a powerful run on the turn and through the stretch to finish second in the $75,000 96Rock Stakes at Turfway Park. Two Step Temper was no match for The Great War, the $1 million Keeneland yearling who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and went off at 10 cents to a dollar, but he was seven lengths better than the third-place finisher and collected $9,400. Aside from getting a Gr. II stakes-winner and a stakes-placed horse, the three races added $141,400 to the 2015 progeny earnings of Two Step Salsa and raised his total for the month to $237,783.

Two Step Salsa Off to Fast Start in New Year


Two Step Salsa's first and second crops wasted little time blasting off for the new year. On Jan. 8, Black Martino broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park, winning a $50,000 claiming race and taking home the $19,600 winner's share. The 3-year-old colt bred by Bailey Bolen and ridden by Eclipse Award-winner Javier Castellano was sent off at 4/5 and scored by a neck racing 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The following day, Classic Salsa made it two straight victories at Aqueduct, winning by nearly two lengths under Angel Cruz with six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.09. The 4-year-old gelding bred by McFarland Farm earned a check for $24,000. Just six days later, Classic Salsa was back in the entries and finished second in a starter allowance race that went in 1:09.65. The $10,000 runner-up check raised his earnings to $115,372 on a record of 4-2-1 in 11 tries. Then, at Gulfstream yesterday, One Step Salsa made his career debut racing 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf with Luis Saez aboard. The 4-year-old gelding bred by Emil Hagger was bumped at the start, fell back to last place in the field of 11, then uncorked a powerful six-wide run on the turn and inhaled the leaders to score by 1 1/2 lengths. He earned $12,800 and rewarded the faithful Two Step Salsa followers to the tune of $30.20. 

Two Step Salsa Achieves Several Milestones in 2014


With just two crops at the races, Two Step Salsa achieved several milestones in 2014. After reigning as the leading first-crop Florida sire in 2013 with progeny earnings of $620,716, the son of Petionville led the state's second-crop sires with earnings of $1,624,133, which placed him 7th nationally. He had just 48 runners, with 28 winners, and to highlight how impressive his season was, the stallions ranked above him on the national Second-Crop Sire list all had anywhere from 78 to 105 runners. Another impressive statistic: Two Step Salsa is the only sire currently standing in Florida who had a Gr. I winner in 2014 - Dance With Fate winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Conquest Two Step fell a neck short of catching Eclipse Award candidate Shared Belief in the recent Gr. I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita which placed his sire third by Grade 1 earnings among Second-Crop Sires standing in North America. It's onward and upward for 2015!   

Shared Belief Edges Conquest Two Step in Gr. I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita


Conquest Two Step ran the race of his life in the Gr. I, 7-furlong Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita today, battling heralded Shared Belief stride for stride down the stretch only to fall a neck short at the wire. Shared Belief, who went off at 50 cents to a dollar, has now won 8-of-9 starts and is on the short list of candidates for 2014's 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year. Conquest Two Step, a son of Two Step Salsa, was bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, and this was his third stakes-placed effort. He's 2-6-1 in 10 starts and the $60,000 runner-up check for his initial Gr. I try boosted his earnings to $249,408, while his second-crop sire - Florida's leader in that category - surpassed $1.62 million. Shared Belief's clocking of 1:20.69 was just one second off the 7-furlong track record of 1:19.70 held by Twirling Candy.  

Two Step Salsa Colt Romps at Aqueduct


Followers of Two Step Salsa received an early Christmas present on Wednesday when Classic Salsa bounded home by 6 1/4 lengths in the sloppy going at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt bred by McFarland Farm went to the lead at the break despite a severe bumping incident, and after racing five furlongs in :58.62 while opening up a 4 1/2-length lead, continued to widen the advantage in the stretch under Angel Cruz. Classic Salsa is 3-1-1 in nine starts and the $19,800 winner's check lifted his bank account to $81,372. Florida's leading second-crop sire has progeny earnings of $1,523,657.

Flood of Winners Sends Two Step Salsa Over $1.5 Million


Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire by a mile, knocked out six winners at five tracks in a period of 19 days in November and has surpassed the coveted $1.5 million mark in progeny earnings for the year. It began with Two Step Temper scoring at Gulfstream West on the 8th, followed by Salsita at Del Mar on the 14th, Bonita's Gift at Thistledown on the 16th, Flaring at Aqueduct and Rince Tapaigh at Woodbine on the 26th, and Soal at Gulfstream West on the 27th. The stallion's earnings have reached $1,502,887 and 2015 is still a few weeks away.

Two Step Salsa Closes in on $1.5 Million with Soal's Score


Two Step Salsa is poised to surpass the $1.5 million mark in earnings for 2014 after the sharp maiden-breaking victory by Soal at Gulfstream Park West yesterday. The 2-year-old colt bred by Joe and Vivi Serena sat third on the rail in a field of 10 racing a mile and one-sixteenth on the grass, then swung to the outside at the eighth pole with Jesus Rios and blew by the leaders to score by 1 1/2 lengths. Soal paid $11 for his first victory and earned a check for $12,200, while raising Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for the year to $1,496,270, easily best among Florida's second-crop sires.

Multiple Graded Stakes-Winner Drill Retires to Get Away Farm


Get Away Farm, home of Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire of 2014 and seventh nationally, has added another major stallion to its roster. Drill, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Lawyer Ron out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Dancer, will stand for $4,500 in 2015. As a 2-year-old, Drill won the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity and was second in the Gr. I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. At three, he won the Gr. I San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita and the Gr. III Laz Barrera Memorial at Hollywood Park and retired with earnings of $557,022. Drill was the 16th-ranked 2-year-old of 2011 on the Experimental Handicap. His dam was purchased for $1.4 million at the Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale and her foals have sold well over the years, including one for $1.5 million.

Get Away's $55,000 Two Step Salsa Purchase Pays Off


At the last OBS June sale, Get Away Farm paid $55,000 for a dark bay or brown colt by Two Step Salsa out of the 22-year-old Temperence Hill mare Sue's Temper. The colt, named Two Step Temper, paid immediate dividends yesterday at Gulfstream West, breaking his maiden in his career debut at 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass. Trained by Michael Maker for Get Away, Two Step Temper sat in mid-pack early under top rider Paco Lopez, then made a bold move coming to the stretch and was up in time to win by one-half length. Two Step Temper had been working well and was a poorly-kept wagering secret, sent off at odds of 7/2 and paying $9.40. The victory was worth $24,400. Leading Florida second-crop sire Two Step Salsa now has 2014 progeny earnings of $1,403,465.   

Master Dunker Returns For Turf Score After 9 1/2-Month Layoff


Master Dunker, who helped Imperialism get off to a fast start with his first crop in 2010, returned to the races at Gulfstream West yesterday after a 9 1/2-month layoff and scored a 1 1/2-length victory in a one-mile race on the grass. The 6-year-old stalked the leaders in third place under Luca Panici, then made a bold move turning for home and drew off in the stretch to take home the $13,950 winner's check for Midwest Thoroughbreds. Master Dunker is now 4-2-4 in 20 starts with earnings of $166,496. He won the Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park and was stakes-placed three times, including a second-place finish in the Dayton Andrews Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Maiden Winners for Two Get Away Stallions


Get Away Farm stallions had runners break their maiden on successive days, Salsamon becoming Two Step Salsa's latest at Delaware Park on Oct. 16, and Ready With Honor scoring for Double Honor at the Meadowlands the following day. Salsamon , a 3-year-old Pennsylvania-bred filly owned and bred by Armand Delaperriere, went head-and-head for the lead early under Mike Ritvo before taking over in the stretch and drawing off to win by nearly two lengths. She paid $7 and collected a check for $21,615 to vault Two Step Salsa to just under $1.3 million in 2014 progeny earnings. The son of Petionville is easily Florida's leading second-crop sire - by more than $350,000. Ready With Honor raced Mr. Spaceman into defeat, going wire-to-wire while racing outside the 8/5 favorite in the five-furlong test on the grass; and the 3-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding scored by a length.   

Miss Wilby (Imperialism) Breaks Maiden at Gulfstream West


Just two days after Imperialism surpassed the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for the third straight year, Miss Wilby broke her maiden on Oct. 13 in her third career start. The 2-year-old filly is a rare Massachusetts-bred by her sire, and she scored by three lengths under Orlando Bocachica, getting six furlongs in 1:12.96 over the slow Gulfstream Park West strip. Miss Wilby, owned and bred by Wilby Lang and Mary Beth Reis, picked up a check for $12,600. Coming off a second-place finish in her previous start at Gulfstream Park, the filly went off as the 7/5 favorite.    

Imaginethatmom Sends Imperialism's Earnings Over $1 Million Mark


Imperialism went over the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for the third straight year when Imaginethatmom, as the 2-1 favorite, won the fourth race at Gulfstream Park West on Friday. The 3-year-old gelding bred by Shadybrook Farm proved best under Leandro Goncalves after a prolonged stretch battle, getting up by one-half length in the mile and one-sixteenth race on the grass. Imaginethatmom collected a check for $13,950 which boosted Imperialism's 2014 earnings to $1,005,317.

Flying Hot Salsa Sizzles at Gulfstream West


After finishing fourth in his career debut at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 6, Flying Hot Salsa moved across town to Gulfstream West for his second start and romped to a wire-to-wire victory by three lengths. The 2-year-old colt owned by Get Away Farm cruised along with a one-length lead for most of the 7 1/2-furlong trip over the turf course, and when jockey Edgar Prado asked him to run, he drew off to win easily in 1:31.05. The maiden special test offered a purse of $43,000 and Flying Hot Salsa collected $26,500 while rewarding his backers with a $9.40 mutuel price. With only two crops at the races, and 45 runners, Two Step Salsa is Florida's ninth-leading sire with earnings of $1,265,459; but six of the eight in front of him have 96 or more runners; one even has more than 200.  

Back-to-Back Winners for Two Step Salsa in Gulfstream Slop


A pair of runners by Two Step Salsa showed their affinity for off tracks Saturday by winning back-to-back races in the sloppy going at Gulfstream Park. In the third race, Joseph Waugh's Moonlight Salsa broke her maiden under Oscar Delgado in her fifth start, coming from fourth place down the backstretch and running down the leaders in deep stretch to score by a half-length. She paid $31. Less than 30 minutes later, Roger Block's stakes-placed Purchango turned in an almost identical performance, coming from fourth place with Jonathan Gonzales and blowing by the leaders late to also win by a half-length. Purchango, who finished second in the $300,000 In Reality Stakes at two, boosted his earnings to $142,120. Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire by far, now has progeny earnings of $1,203,296 for the year.

Conquest Two Step Third in El Cajon at Del Mar


Conquest Two Step finished third in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, the second stakes-placed finish in just five starts for the colt by Two Step Salsa. He was off a step slowly in the one-mile race, but rallied late to get up for third, and increase his earnings to $83,008. Conquest Two Step was bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, and is out of the Pioneering mare Homesteader. After breaking his maiden in his career debut in June of 2013, he finished second in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine in his second start.

Get Away Stallions All Among Florida's Leaders


With five months still remaining in which to add to their statistics, Get Away Farm's three stallions are all well-positioned on the Florida General Sire List. Two Step Salsa is ninth with progeny earnings of more than $1.1 million, and is the state's leading second-crop sire. Imperialism's earnings are approaching $900,000, and Double Honor ranks 15th by number of winners with 22, including stakes winner Doublicious. Imperialism is headed for his best season, and his third straight with earnings of more than $1 million.

Mr. Baker is Summer Sensation Down South


Mr. Baker, a 5-year-old son of Imperialism out of the Artax mare No More Tax, has become one of the most talked-about runners in South Florida over the past five months. Bred by Get Away Farm, at ages 3 and 4 Mr. Baker compiled a moderate record of 2-0-2 in eight starts with earnings of $43,717 racing in the colors of Carolyn Hine. But the owner of the great horse Skip Away lost Mr. Baker for $16,000 after his second race of 2014 at Gulfstream Park. He finished second that day, and wound up in the barn of noted owner Frank C. Calabrese. In his next start, again for $16,000, the 5-year-old finished second again, and this time was taken by Acclaimed Racing Stable. Since then, Mr. Baker has been nothing less than sensational. He immediately went on a four-race winning streak, including victories in the Ponche Handicap at Calder (by 2 1/2 lengths) and the Housebuster Stakes (by 3 1/4) at Gulfstream, plus a record-breaking score at Gulfstream in which he broke the track record for 5 1/2 furlongs, getting home by 11 1/4 lengths in 1:04:03. After a third-place finish in his last start, Mr. Baker is 6-2-3 in 16 lifetime starts with earnings of $191,754, and he's produced 11 breeder's awards for Get Away Farm.

Mr Baker Wins Housebuster S


Florida bred Mr Baker won the $90,000 Housebuster stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park .The six and a half race on the dirt was for 3 year olds and up and had a field of nine ,Going off at 6-5  favorite coming off his last victory at Calder Race Course in the $ 65,000 Ponche Handicap on May 31. 

Dance With Fate Draws Post 12 for Kentucky Derby


Dance With Fate drew the No. 12 post position for Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and was installed at 20-1 in the morning line by track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia, who made California Chrome the early favorite at 5/2. Dance With Fate accumulated the third highest number of eligibility points for Derby participation among the 20 entrants - 108. The Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa, bred by Tom and Lori Fackler's Best A Luck Farm, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who was aboard for the colt's impressive Blue Grass Stakes victory, as he attempts to become the first horse since Canonero II in 1971 to win the Run for the Roses from post 12. Six Florida-breds have won the Derby, but none since Silver Charm in 1997. The last Triple Crown winner was Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978.

Two Step Salsa in Spotlight After Dance With Fate's Blue Grass Victory


After three-quarters of a mile in Saturday's Gr. I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Dance With Fate was sitting in 11th place in the bulky field of 14, all of whom had decided Kentucky Derby aspirations. Then, jockey Corey Nakatani, aboard the colt for the first time, swung the son of Two Step Salsa to the outside and Dance With Fate did the rest, inhaling the field in the final eighth of a mile to win the $750,000 race by nearly two lengths. He left in his wake nine other previous stakes-winners, including favored Bobby's Kitten, winner of the Gr. III Pilgrim at Belmont Park and third-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf; Vinceremos, winner of the Gr. III Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and runner-up in the Tampa Bay Derby; Medal Count, winner of the Gr. III Transylvania at Keeneland, and Gala Award, winner of the Gr. III Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park.
Dance With Fate was Two Step Salsa's leading money-winner in 2013 and propelled the Get Away Farm stallion into the top spot on the Florida freshman sire list, and into fourth nationally. The $450,000 check from the Blue Grass boosted his career total to $680,050 on a record of 3-3-0 in eight starts. Although he had two Gr. I and one Gr. II runner-up finishes on his ledger, this was his first stakes victory.
Trainer Peter Eurton was somewhat evasive after the Blue Grass, but it was generally felt that a trip to Louisville was next on Dance With Fate's dance card.  

Imperialism 5-year-old Breaks $100,000 Mark


    Fightingforfreedom, a 5-year-old by Imperialism bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, reached a milestone on Sunday with a second-place finish in a $48,750 allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park. Fightingforfreedom, appropriately ridden by Manny Cruz, picked up a check for more than $10,000 and now has $102,736 in the bank, most of it for owners Carolyn Hine, owner of Skip Away, and Gene Stevens, publisher of Post Time USA.
    Fightingforfreedom sports a record of 4-7-1 in 19 starts, all of the races coming at Gulfstream and Calder, thus providing his breeder with 12 breeder's awards. In 2013 alone, there have been eight breeder's awards as the 5-year-old is 2-6-0 in nine tries.

Imperialism Gets Sixth Juvenile Winner


    Im a Southern Diva became Imperialism's sixth 2-year-old winner of 2013 on Nov. 10 with a convincing score in her career debut at Calder Casino & Race Course. The juvenile filly trained by Kathleen O'Connell stalked the leader in second place, then made a bold move at the top of the stretch under Chris Morales and was drawing off in hand at the finish. The filly bred by Southern Chase Farm and Karen Dodd crossed under the wire nearly three lengths to the good of even-money favorite Ginebra, who was nearly eight lengths clear of the third-place finisher.  

Imperialism Filly Third in Dream Supreme Stakes


    Despite stumbling while leaving the gate and being soundly bumped, then rushing up and setting suicidal fractions of :22.11, :45.13 and :57.10, Jan's Perfect Star still finished third in Friday's Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old daughter of Imperialism, who didn't race at two and three, sports a record of 3-0-2 in eight starts with earnings of $138,827. In four stakes tries, she's posted one victory, a third and two fourths.  

Imperialism Reaches $1-Million Mark for 2013


    Imperialism passed the $1-million mark in progeny earnings for the second straight year on Friday when My Lucky Imp went wire-to-wire racing six furlongs at Remington Park. After posting earnings of $1,183,368 in 2012, Imperialism jumped to $1,003,880 this season via My Lucky Imp's 4 1/4-length victory, her fourth of the year. The 3-year-old filly had run up a three-race winning streak in mid-season.
    With a little more than two months remaining on the 2013 racing calendar, Imperialism has also gone over the $3 million mark in career progeny earnings. 

Two Step Salsa's Best Runner Entered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile


    Dance With Fate, Two Step Salsa's premier runner, has been entered in the Breeders' Cup and will run in the 14-horse Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt has a record of 1-2-0 in four starts with earnings of $155,250, and earned his way into the Juvenile with runner-up finishes in two Gr. I races, the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.
    Dance With Fate is listed as the fifth choice in the early morning line at 10-1, behind Todd Pletcher's Champagne winner, Havana, who is 5/2. He is also entered in the Juvenile Turf as a second preference.

Purchango (Two Step Salsa) Rallies for 2nd in $300,000 In Reality


    Purchango didn't let the tote board odds deter him in Saturday's In Reality Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course, and the colt by Two Step Salsa finished a strong second in the $300,000 race that highlighted Juvenile Showcase Day. With Jonathan Gonzales aboard, Purchango - at odds of 32-1 - rallied from midpack in the 1 1/16th-mile race and was easily up for second behind winner Best Plan Yet, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher We're All Set. 
    The check of $57,600 for second boosted Purchango's earnings to $110,185 on a record of 1-3-1 in seven tries. The gelding owned and bred by Roger Block has been stakes-placed twice in the Florida Stallion Stakes series. 
    Two Step Salsa is the second-leading freshman sire in North America with progeny earnings of $531,619. However, the leader, Ashford Stud's Dunkirk, has 126 2-year-olds compared to 51 for Two Step Salsa, and 32 runners compared to 15 for the Get Away Farm stallion.  

Double Honor Enjoys Hot September, Too


    Not to be outdone by his younger generation stablemates, Get Away Farm's old veteran, Double Honor, enjoyed a superior month of September on his own.
    The son of Gone West, who is closing in on $22 million in career progeny earnings, started the month off with a bang on the 7th when the 3-year-old filly Doublicious made her career debut at Suffolk Downs in the six-furlong Louise Kimball Stakes. Under David Amiss, the well-prepared filly was sent off at odds of 4/5 and scored by three lengths.
    On the same afternoon, Checkered Cab broke his maiden going six furlongs at Assiniboia Downs in Canada. Seven days later, the 3-year-old gelding came right back and made it two in a row at the track. He's been first, second or third in seven straight races, and in 10 of his last 11.
    On the 15th, Silent Honor won for the first time, scampering home by four lengths in a maiden special weights test at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. She was clocked in :58:59 for the five furlongs. The next day, Catholicschoolgirl scored a two-length victory at Beulah Park, and the day after that, Pick the Double was a ton the best racing a flat mile at Suffolk Downs, winning by nearly 11 lengths at odds of 3/5. 
    Double Honor has a sharp 4-year-old performing in Puerto Rico, too, by the name of Double Decker. The 4-year-old won at Camarero on Aug. 29 by 2 3/4 lengths, came back on Sept. 12 to score by a half-length, then made it three in a row on the 22nd, again winning by 2 3/4 at odds of 3/5. Double Decker has compiled an enviable record of 13-8-8 in 42 starts. 
    On the 24th, Superlook, who could be called 'Old Hickory,' made his 72nd career start and won by half a length in a $19,000 allowance race at Suffolk Downs. The 7-year-old gelding sports a record of 10-9-12 and has earnings of $113,375. 
    Imperial Dancer closed out the month in style for Double Honor on the 30th, winning by a neck in a $39,000 allowance optional claimer at Delaware Park.  

Imaginethatmom adds to Super September for Imperialism


    Imaginethatmom became the seventh winner for Imperialism in the span of 23 days when he scored a sharp two-length victory in a $33,000 maiden special at Calder Casino and Race Course on Sunday. The 2-year-old gelding stalked the early leaders on the outside, then swept by the pacesetter in the stretch and was in complete control at the wire of the 6 1/2-furlong race.
     The streak by the sons and daughters of Imperialism began with a victory at Charles Town by South Carolina-bred Runway on Sept. 6. That was followed by wins by Indian Empire at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 10, Lil Nate's Date, who was winning her second straight at Suffolk Downs on Sept. 11, Political Miss, who scored at Delaware Park on Sept. 11, and Lucky Empress, who broke her maiden at Monmouth Park by 2 1/4 lengths on Sept. 15.
     Fightingforfreedom, owned by Carolyn Hine, owner of Skip Away, made it two in a row in September at Gulfstream Park with a victory on the 21st that boosted his earnings to $91,786. In addition, Keep the Canoli, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Hialeah Park's John Brunetti, finished third in the Ricci Tavi Stakes at Delaware Park on Sept. 16.
    The spate of winners in September increased Imperialism's progeny earnings to $939,621 as the son of Langfuhr draws closer to his second straight $1-million year.       

Bear's Cowboy 9th Winner for Two Step Salsa


    Bear's Cowboy won a five-horse cavalry charge to the wire at Woodbine yesterday, scoring a nose decision in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weights test over the all-weather track. The colt bred by Vogt Farms was trapped along the rail down the backstretch, but jockey James McAleney was able to find running room in the stretch and Bear's Cowboy was best at the wire, clocked in a sharp 1:04:99. Only 1 1/2 lengths separated the first five finishers.
    Bear's Cowboy, who had finished second in his career debut at Woodbine on Sept. 1, gave Two Step Salsa nine winners from 14 starters, an outstanding winners-to-starters ratio of 64 percent. The stallion by Petionville, the nation's leading freshman sire, now has progeny earnings of $464,575.   

Two Step Salsa Colt 2nd in Gr. I FrontRunner at Santa Anita


    Dance With Fate earned his second Gr. I stakes-placed finish in less than a month when he finished second to Bond Holder in the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita today. The 2-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa, who had previously finished second in the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4, collected $50,000, raising his earnings to $155,250 on a record of 1-2-0 in four starts.
     Two Step Salsa remained on top of the nation's freshman sire list with progeny earnings of $432,028, nearly $69,00 ahead of his nearest pursuer, WinStar Farm's Colonel John.  

Two Step Salsa gets 8th Winner; Leads Nation's Freshman Sire Lists


    Echale Salsita, making her third start, went wire-to-wire in a $35,000 maiden special at Delaware Park, and became the eighth winner in the first crop of Leading Freshman Sire Two Step Salsa. The filly bred by Chad and Michelle Johnson was 24-1 on the tote board, but she was nearly three lengths better than 3/5 favorite Coronette at the finish of the mile race on the grass.
    Gabriel Saez shot the filly out of the gate from the rail, and she was never seriously threatened through the stretch, drawing off smartly at the finish.
    Two Step Salsa is Co-leading Freshman Sire by number of winners with eight, and the $21,600 winner's check earned by Echale Salsita raised the stallion's progeny earnings to $374,435, more than $46,000 ahead of the runner-up, WinStar Farm's Colonel John.

Dance With Fate Just Misses in Del Mar Futurity-G1 (Two Step Salsa)


If not for some unfortunate racing luck, Two Step Salsa might have been celebrating his first Gr. I stakes-winner today. Dance With Fate overcame two severe trouble spots and still finished a bang-up second behind Tamarando in the $301,500, Gr. I Del Mar Futurity.
    Bumped at the break and off near the back of the bulky field, the colt began to move up on the rail down the backstretch in the seven-furlong race but was forced to take back to avoid clipping heels. Dead last on the rail on the turn, Rafael Bejarano swung the colt to the far outside and Dance With Fate and Tamarando closed with a rush in tandem, with the latter enjoying a half-length edge at the wire.
    The runner-up finish added $60,000 to Dance With Fate's bank account, which jumped to $105,250. It also vaulted Two Step Salsa into the No. 1 spot on the nation's Leading Freshman Sire List with progeny earnings of more than $300,000.

Imperialism Colt Impresses in Gulfstream Park Debut


    Undeniable Temper made an auspicious career debut racing a flat mile at Gulfstream Park today, crushing a $46,000 maiden special field by five widening lengths under Orlando Bocachica. The colt by Imperialism became his sire's fourth 2-year-old winner of the season and collected $28,200 for the effort, as his sire edged closer to the $900,000 mark in progeny earnings for the year. 
    The field was bunched up for half a mile before Bocachica urged 5-1 shot Undeniable Temper into the lead on the turn, and the colt did the rest on his own, extending his margin to four lengths in mid-stretch and galloping out to the wire without being threatened.     

Two Step Salsa Is Red Hot Freshman Sire


    After finishing third in her career debut at Arlington Park on Aug. 1, Tamazula was sent off as the 5/2 third choice in her second try in $38,000 maiden special company at the Chicago track. Kent Desormeaux put the filly bred by Get Away Farm in a good stalking position in second place at the start, then Tamazula ran down even-money pace-setter Skipping in the final sixteenth, drawing off by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:04:87 for the 5 1/2 furlongs.
    The victory by Two Step Salsa's sixth winner was worth $22,800 to the filly's owner, Hernandez Racing Club, who purchased her for $60,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sale.
    Just 28 minutes after Tamazula's impressive score, Tea's Two Step made his debut in a $39,000 maiden special at Calder for Champion Equine LLC and 1:13:23 later, Two Step Salsa had registered winner No. 7. Tea's Two Step was off slowly, but quickly moved into contention and nailed Razzle Dazzle Man at the wire by a head. The colt bred by Cheryl J. and James P. McGuire was a 14-1 proposition, paid $30.20, and earned $26,100 for his owner. Tea's Two Step was a $30,000 OBS Open puchase in 2013.
    The pair of victories gave Two Step Salsa six winners in the span of 25 days.

Second Stakes-Placed Runner for Two Step Salsa


On the same afternoon that Two Step Salsa picked up his sixth and seventh winners, he also bagged his second stakes-placed horse. Purchango, who had become the stallion's third winner on Aug. 3 at Gulfstream Park, finished third in the $125,000 Affirmed division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Calder.
    Purchango, at 12-1, raced close to the pace throughout the seven-furlong test but was unable to close ground on the two favorites, My Brown Eyed Guy and Best Plan Yet. Roger Block's gelding collected $12,375 for third, lifting his earnings to $41,945 on a record of 1-1-1 in five starts.

Two Step Salsa's Runners Are On a Roll


    Two Step Flor continued the recent onslaught of winners for Two Step Salsa with a hard-fought victory in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Saratoga. The filly bred by Maverick Stables became her sire's fifth winner, and fourth in the last 23 days.
    Two Step Flor, off at 15-1 for her debut, battled head-and-head with 5/2 shot Foxbeau from the start, and bested that rival by half a length after 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05:44. The victory was worth $30,000 to owner/trainer Michael Trombetta.

Dance With Fate Much the Best in Del Mar MSW (Two Step Salsa)


    Despite an eighth-place finish in his debut at Hollywood Park on July 14, Dance With Fate was sent off as the 2-1 second choice in a $76,000 maiden special at Del Mar in his second try. The colt by Two Step Salsa didn't disappoint, wiring the field by 1 1/2 lengths with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, and earning the biggest check for any of his first-crop sire's runners to date - $45,000.
    Dance With Fate, bred by Best A Luck Farm in Ocala, was clocked in 1:16:73 for the 6 1/2 furlongs, and became his sire's fourth winner.

Purchango Wires Gulfstream Field; No. 3 for Two Step Salsa


    Purchango, who was Two Step Salsa's first starter when he finished second at Calder back on June 1, broke his maiden in his fourth start with a wire-to-wire victory in a $50,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park. The gelding became winner No. 3 for his sire, and took the undisputed lead among freshman sires in Florida with respect to both winners and progeny earnings.  
    Purchango, the 9/5 favorite, opened up a 3 1/2-length lead in mid-stretch under Jonathan Gonzales, then coasted home by two in the six-furlong race, collecting a check for $22,500 for owner-breeder Roger L. Block.

Second Winner for Two Step Salsa Comes at Presque Isle


    Crowded Hour came from off the pace under Stephen Anthony in a $35,250 maiden special at Presque Isle Downs and was up at the wire to become the second winner for Two Step Salsa. The gelding bred in Kentucky by Jennifer and Gerald Wilcox, off at oddes of 36-1, raced in mid-pack early in the 5 1/2-furlong race, then uncorked a 5-wide run at the quarter pole and was up by a nose at the finish in 1:05:50. Trained by co-owner Troy Wismer, Crowded Hour earned a check for $21,000.

Two Step Salsa Gets First Stakes-Placed Runner


After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs in his first try on June 21, Conquest Two Step came right back and became Two Step Salsa's first stakes-placed horse, gaining a second-place finish in the $140,000 Colin Stakes at Woodbine. The colt bred by Manny Andrade was bothered at the break in the six-furlong test, yet still managed to earn the runner-up spot, 2 1/2 lengths behind Go Greeley, who was clocked in a solid 1:10:19. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to the third-place finisher. Conquest Two Step collected $25,000 for second. 

First Winner for Two Step Salsa


   Get Away Farm's freshman sire Two Step Salsa gained his first winner today when Conquest Two Step rolled to a convincing two-length victory in his career debut for trainer Mark Casse at Churchill Downs. It was perhaps only fitting that the colt out of the Pioneering mare Homesteader was bred by Manuel Andrade, owner of Get Away Farm. Conquest Two Step was among the top four highest priced 2-year-olds in training at OBS April, hip 483, purchased by Conquest Stables for $420,000.
    Conquest Two Step went virtually wire-to-wire under veteran rider Shaun Bridgmohan in the $39,481 maiden special weights race, getting the 5 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:03:63, barely a second more than the track record of 1:02:52. Casse had the colt ready for his first try, as evidenced by the fact that Conquest Two Step was sent off as the even-money favorite in the eight-horse field. He earned $21,720 for the effort.

Imperialism Colt wins the American Dreamer Stakes by 3 lengths!


Imperial Czar by IMPERIALISM wins the American Dreamer Stakes at Calder on 4th of July Weekend.

The 3-year-old bay colt out of Carson City mare Evil Eyed Czarina raced well placed, surged three wide to readily overtake the leader into the stretch and drew off to win by 3 lengths. Bred in Florida by R. C. Van Voorhees & Elizabeth A. Steinbach and owned by Jessica Colon, the colt is conditioned by trainer Saul Matos.

Imperialism gets first stakes winner! watch video


Florida-bred Master Dunker got his first stakes victory Sunday at Gulfstream Park when first-place finisher King Congie was disqualified for interference in the stretch run and placed third in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes.

Master Dunker, a 3-year-old Imperialism colt bred by Belleair’s Stanley S. Moles, had crossed the finish line second, a head behind King Congie, before being elevated to first place. King Congie, the winner of the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder last month, was demoted for interfering with Florida-bred Brilliant Speed, who had finished third, a neck behind Master Dunker, in a blanket finish.

“Turning for home, King Congie kept coming out and took Brilliant Speed out three, four paths,” steward Don Brumfield said. “There’s no way Brilliant Speed could have got by King Congie the way he was carrying him out.”

Master Dunker, trained by David Fawkes for Get Away Farm Racing Stable, entered the race off a third-place finish in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream lawn last month. Prior to that, the colt concluded his 2010 campaign with a three-length victory in a $32,500 allowance at Calder in November, his turf debut.

For his career, Master Dunker has won three of his seven starts for $109,323. He was a $39,000 purchase at OBS last April.

Brilliant Speed, a Dynaformer colt bred and owned by Ocala’s Live Oak Plantation, had finished second to Adirondack Summer in the Dania Beach. Prior to that, the Tom Albertrani trainee had ended his 2010 campaign by breaking his maiden in his fifth try, taking a $20,000 maiden special weight race by 1 ½ lengths at Tampa Bay Downs in December. Brilliant Speed has one win from seven starts and $65,750 in earnings.

In the Hallandale Beach, Master Dunker and jockey Luis Saez stalked the pace in third place as Stormy Going led the field of nine 3-year-olds through a quarter-mile in 23.33 seconds and a half-mile in 48.35. King Congie was in sixth place early under Javier Castellano.

Cozy Kitten had moved up to first place at the head of the stretch, with Master Dunker in second and King Congie in third after rallying three-wide around the far turn. Brilliant Speed and jockey John Velazquez were close behind in fourth place. King Congie moved out badly down the stretch before gaining the lead with half a furlong remaining and finishing the 1 1/16-mile race on a firm turf course in 1:41.30.

Master Dunker paid $26.80, $11.20 and $6.40, while the favored King Congie returned $5 and $3.80 and Brilliant Speed $3.60.

Fawkes said Master Dunker, out of the Buckfinder mare Finding Bucks, likely will run in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3), a 1 1/8-mile test on the Gulfstream lawn March 12.

“He’s definitely a lot better on turf,” said Fawkes. “He got away a little slow last time and did it again (Sunday). Fortunately, they backed him out of the gate while they were having trouble loading (Liberty Cap). He was still a little fidgety and appeared to run in spots, but then we saw what happened in the stretch when they were all over the place.”

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TWO STEP SALSA Becomes a First-Year Leader


Get Away Farm thanks all the breeders who supported Two Step Salsa his first year standing in 2010. The Grade II stakes-winning millionaire covered more mares than any first-year stallion standing outside Kentucky with a full book of 93.

Master Dunker earns black-type in $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes


Master Dunker by Imperialism earns black-type in $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 16th.

Master Dunker was unhurried after breaking slowly, swung out for the stretch run and rallied for the show.

Bred by Stanley S. Moles and trained by trained by David Fawkes, the colt now has 2 wins and 3 thirds from 6 starts and earnings of nearly $50,000.

Master Dunker wins easy


Imperialism Colt

Master Dunker, a 2-year-old son of IMPERIALISM, captured his first allowance test at Calder, Nov. 15. Racing five furlongs on the turf, the colt stalked the pace, then drew off to win easily by three lengths. Master Dunker broke his maiden in his second start on July 16 by a sensational 8 1/4 lengths going six furlongs on the dirt.  His record is now 2-0-2 in five starts with earnings of $39,323.

IMPERIALISM is #1 Freshman Sire!


IMPERIALISM is the #1 Freshman Sire by Percentage of Winners/Starters with 67%

This is from the National Freshman Sires with 10 or more starters taken from on October 22, 2010.

Imperialism has 8 winners from his first 12 starters. They won from 5, 6, 7 and 8 furlongs, from Calder to Saratoga to Woodbine.

Political Miss now 2 for 2 for Imperialism!


Political Miss, the bay filly by Imperialism won at Calder Race Course on October 24th by 2 1/4 lengths. This was her second win in two starts for Owner William Breazeale and Trainer David Fawkes. The filly has updated earnings of $20,160.

Imperialism is now the sire of 8 winners and of stakes placed Talavera. His progeny has already earned nearly $150,000.

Seastrike wins big for Imperialism!


Seastrike, a gray filly by Imperialism wins the 6th at Woodbine by 3 1/4 lengths! Bred by Dolores and Dana Vacca in Florida, the filly is trained by John MacKenzie. She paid $15 to win.

Seastrike becomes the 4th winner for the freshman sire whose first crop is 47% In The Money.

Congratulations to the connections!

Imperialism Sires First Winners


Grade II winner Imperialism , whose first winner won in Mexico, came up with his second winner when Master Dunker scored by 8 1/4 lengths at Calder Casino & Race Course Aug. 6. Campaigned by Get Away Farm Racing Stable, Master Dunker ran the six furlongs in 1:14.27  

Stanley S. Moles is the breeder of Florida-bred Master Dunker, who is a half-brother stakes winner Image of Approval and is out of the winning Buckfinder mare Finding Bucks.

Imperialism’s first winner, Talavera, won at six furlongs in 1:14.20 for Cuadra Tayson July 30. Scott Francois is the breeder of the Florida-bred filly, who is out of the stakes-placed Bound by Honor mare Milady’s Honor.

A three-time grade II winner, Imperialism stands at Manuel Andrade’s Get Away Farm near Ocala, Fla. His 2010 fee was $5,000.

By David Schmitz
 Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 8:22 AM
 Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:31 PM

WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY gets 2nd in White Oak Handicap


WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY, the 5-year-old gelding by Double Honor, out of the Wild Rush mare Pledge Mom placed in the $100,000, 6 furlong White Oak Handicap at Arlington Park for Homewrecker Racing LLC and trainer Hugh Robertson.

IMPERIALISM 2-Year-Olds Breeze well in April


Here is Hip 455 during the April Breeze Show:

Hip #1133:

1st Imperialism 2-Y-O Colt at auction sells for $225,000


Hip #95, an Imperialism Colt out of Gold Alert mare, Dover Court worked 21.3 at the OBS March Sale under tack show. Bred by Mr. Norman Dellheim and consigned by Southern Chase Farm (Gregg & Karen Dodd), the colt sold Tuesday, March 16 for $225,000 to Stonestreet Stable.



JET PROPULSION runs 3rd in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream. JET PROPULSION set the pace, dug in gamely in upper stretch and stayed on well. The gelding by Double Honor has updated earnings of $579,523



It was a very good day for Marty Wolfson.

The trainer had two horses entered in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30, and they finished one-two in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.

Interestingly, Wolfson won the race with Jet Propulsion, who in his last start at Calder Casino & Race Course was claimed for $50,000 for Farnsworth Stables LLC. The Florida-bred 7-year-old gelding by Double Honor   had back class—and earnings of almost $400,000—but clearly Wolfson picked a good one at the right time.

Jet Propulsion, ridden by Julien Leparoux, displayed his usual early speed in the Turf. He took the early lead, at one point had a five-length lead, and basically coasted home an easy winner.

The Wolfson-trained Pickapocket, owned by Martin Cherry, chased his stablemate in the lane but came up short. Kent Desormeaux rode Pickapocket; Leparoux had ridden him in his last two starts. Picou and Soldier's Dancer rallied for third and fourth, respectively.

The fractions on a firm course were :24.21 for the opening quarter-mile, :48.23 for the half-mile, 1:11.18 for six furlongs, and a quick 1:33.93 for a mile. The final time was 1:45.96.

Jet Propulsion paid $8, $5.40, and $4 as the second choice in a field of nine.

“I’ve been watching this horse for a couple years,” Wolfson said of Jet Propulsion. “He has beaten up on horses of mine a number of times. I never thought he’d be dropped in for a tag, but when he was, I took him with this race in mind.

“He has settled down a lot in the last six weeks. I don’t have anything in mind for him right now, but I think a mile-and-an-eighth might be his best distance.”

“I was happy, but not surprised, that they didn’t come with me in the first turn,” Leparoux said. “We got an easy lead and that was good for us. At the three-eighths pole I started to go, and I kind of looked back a couple of times on the final turn to see if they were coming, but they weren’t. My horse made a big move, and we won easily.”

Favored Soldier’s Dancer was in his usual position early but didn’t have enough late kick.

“I liked how he ran out of the gate; he came out good,” jockey Manoel Cruz said. “But the track was fast and the pace didn’t help. The race didn’t come out exactly the way we wanted.”

Jet Propulsion has won 13 times in 45 starts, with 10 seconds and three thirds.



Manuel Andrade has acquired complete interest in multiple graded stakes winner Two Step Salsa from Godolphin Racing and will stand him at his Get Away Farm near Reddick, Fla. The 4-year-old son of Petionville will stand for $5,000.

Two Step Salsa won or placed in nine of a dozen races and earned $1,104,040. Initially campaigned by breeder/owner Jeff Nielsen’s Everest Stables and trained by Julio Canani, Two Step Salsa captured two stakes and placed in three others in the Everest silks.

As 3-year-old in 2008, he captured the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) and the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive starts at Hollywood Park and then ran second in the Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood, with grade I winner Colonel John finishing third. He closed out the year with a third-place effort in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Two Step Salsa raced this year for Godolphin, founded by Sheikh Mohammed. He captured the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-II) and finished fourth in the True North (gr. II) and Salvator Mile (gr. III) Handicaps.

Two Step Salsa, a grandson of Seeking the Gold, is out of the Seattle Slew mare Two to Waltz. The Seeking the Gold/Seattle Slew cross is responsible for grade I winner Cape Town and French champion Seeking the Pearl.



ALL NIGHT LABOR wins the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial Stake at Delaware Park by 3 1/4 lengths.

ALL NIGHT LABOR broke alertly to set the pace, turned back the challenge of SEA WIND after six furlongs then was kept to her task for owner/breeder Porter Racing Stable LLC and trainer Randy Nunley. The 5-year-old DOUBLE HONOR mare is out of winner All Nighter by Notebook.



WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY, a 4-Year-Old by Double Honor wins the Zen Stakes at Arlington Park for owner/breeder Homewrecker Stable and trainer Hugh Robertson. WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY settled early and was well rated, was asked at the top of the stretch and responded well winning by 2 3/4 lengths.



Inhonorofjohnnie kept intact her perfect in-the-money record for 2008 by winning a $23,500 allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on Kentucky Derby Saturday. The 7-year-old daughter of Double Honor was much the best, drawing off in the stretch to score by four lengths under Jesse Garcia, while getting the mile on the grass in 1:35:53.
Inhonorofjohnnie's record for 2008 is 2-2-1 in five starts.  She is an among the 30 runners in the Double Honor $100,000+ club with lifetime earnings of $185,418.



All Night Labor won her fourth consecutive race since Feb. 24, and second in a row in a stakes, when she won the $75,000 Bristol Stakes at Philadelphia Park on April 22.
With Stewart Elliott riding, the 4-year-old Double Honor filly sat just off the early pace, took over the lead at the quarter pole, then held off favored Lil's Lassie by a length at the wire. She covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:43:26, collecting a paycheck of $43,700 for her owner and breeder, Porter Racing Stable. All Night Labor had captured the $68,000 Perfect Poppy Stakes at Aqueduct in her previous start and has now raised her earnings to $263,930 on a record of 7-5-1 in 18 starts.



Tuesday, April 15, during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, the fastest worker at a quarter-mile was Triple Honor, with a clocking of :21. Consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, agent, the dark bay or brown son of Double Honor is out of the 13-year-old winning Honor Grades mare Cool Grades. She is from the family of grade II winner Forty One Carats and grade III winner American Spirit.  ( 4/16/08)



It took owner/trainer Tracy Nunley 17 races to finally enter All Night Labor in stakes competition, with the result that Double Honor gained his 16th stakes-winner.  All Night Long captured the $68,500 Perfect Poppy Stakes at Aqueduct on Arpil 2, battling head-and-head for the lead almost the entire way under Rodrigo Madrigal Jr., before prevailing by a length at the wire. She was clocked in 1:38:06 for the mile. It was the second victory in as many starts in 2008 for the 4-year-old Double Honor filly, who raised her overall record to 6-5-1 and her earnings to $220,350.



Double or Nothing scored a half-length victory in the $64,600 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park on March 22 and added his name to two important growing lists of the stallion Double Honor.  The 3-year-old gelding became another first-time stakes-winner for his sire, at the same time surpassing the $100,000 mark in earnings. The $36,000 winner's check from the one-mile race boosted his earnings to $133,782 on a record of 3-5-0 in 12 starts.



Holiday Moment shipped to Tampa Bay Downs in December needing nearly $19,000 to reach the coveted $100,000 mark in earnings. With three victories and a second under his belt at the meeting, the 5-year-old Double Honor gelding has joined that rapidly-growing club for his sire, with $116,927 in the bank.  Holiday Moment captured a $20,200 allowance race at seven furlongs on March 21, coming from behind with a powerful stretch run to score by half a length in a solid 1:24:33. It was the second victory in his last three starts for the gelding, and his 10th career victory.



Highly Honored, a 3-year-old Double Honor colt, defeated a highly-regarded Live Oak Stud runner in a $46,500 allowance race over the Gulfstream Park turf course on March 1. Highly Honored earned a check for $29,900 after completing the mile and a sixteenth in a solid 1:41:28, and raised his total to $61,335. It was the second straight victory at the Gulfstream meeting for the $125,000 OBS April 2-year-old.  The runner-up and 8/5 favorite, El Sultry Sun, is a half-brother to millionaires Sultry Sun and Solar Splendor.



Cant Stop Me appeared hopelessly out of contention at the top of the stretch in a $46,500 allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25. But jockey Manny Cruz shifted the 4-year-old Double Honor colt into overdrive and Cant Stop Me inhaled the field in the last sixteenth and was going away at the wire by nearly two lengths.

Cant Stop Me was clocked in :55:37 for the five furlongs on the turf as he recorded his third victory for Funky Monkey Stable and trainer Susan Richardson. The $19,000 OBS April 2-year-old increased his earnings to $65,010 and has won or placed in seven of eight starts.   



    Lovely Isle rebounded from her recent effort in the Grade 2 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park to finish a bang-up second in the Grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita on Feb. 9. The 3-year-old daughter of Double Honor took the lead early in the one-mile race, passed the seven furlongs in a sizzling 1:22:88, then was nailed in the shadow of the wire by Golden Doc A, by a length. While this was just the second stakes try by Lovely Isle, the winner had finished first, second or third in five stakes.     Lovely Isle, who had won her first two career starts by a combined 20 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct, collected a check of $50,000 from the $250,000 purse, and went over the $100,000 mark in earnings in just four starts.



Jet Propulsion, Double Honor's second biggest money-winner, has also become the stallion's second runner to break the $300,000 mark in career earnings.  The 5-year-old gelding finished a solid third in the Gr. III Appleton Handicap on the grass at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 27, collecting $12,500 for the effort. He was beaten just one length by multiple stakes-winner Buffalo Man, who was on the Kentucky Derby trail early last year before sitting out nearly nine months due to injury.   Jet Propulsion, winner of the Gr. III Miami Beach Handicap and Carterista Handicap last year, is now 8-9-2 in 34 starts with earnings of $301,925.



The new year was only nine days old when Double Honor became the first stallion to have a repeat winner. Handsome Reward, a 3-year-old colt who had broken his maiden at Aqueduct on Jan. 1, came right back at the Big A under Mike Luzzi and made it two straight in a $50,000 starter allowance.     Racing six furlongs, Handsome Reward came from mid-pack, took the lead in mid-stretch and drew off by three-quarters of a length in 1:10:68. Bred by Farnsworth Farms, the $37,000 OBS April 2-year-old earned a check of $28,800 for his owner, Winning Move Stable.



With five days remaining on the 2007 racing calendar, Double Honor has achieved a significant milestone - his first $3 million season. After beginning strongly with progeny earnings of $457,579 with his first crop in 2002, Double Honor's numbers have shown an increase every year, including earnings of more than $2 million from 2004-2006. On Dec. 26, he reached $3,000,925 and is closing in on $13 million lifetime. 



World War, a 3-year-old Double Honor colt, finished third in the Kaiser Stakes at Calder on Dec. 16 and approaches the $100,000 mark in earnings.



 It began with Proud Honoree winning by 10 lengths at Hawthorne on Nov. 29. Two days later, El Profeta captured an allowance race at Calder - by four lengths - for his third straight victory.  Then, Honored Prince won at Calder by 2 1/4 lengths on Dec. 2, and Legacy's Honor won by three at Calder the next day. At Laurel Park on Dec. 6, Double or Quits broke her maiden by 8 1/2 lengths, followed by the sensational 16 1/2-length allowance score by Lovely Isle at Aqueduct the next day.    On Dec. 7, Als Big Girl broke her maiden at Calder by two lengths, and on the 8th, Joey the Scholar won a $24,500 allowance at Calder.



  Lovely Isle, a 2-year-old Double Honor filly, ran away and hid in a $53,000 starter allowance at Aqueduct on Dec. 6. With Ramon Dominguez aboard, Lovely Isle was in front by 16 1/2 lengths at the wire, covering six furlongs in a quick 1:09:65.
    The victory was the second in two starts for the filly, who made her debut at the Big A back on Oct. 31 and came from next-to-last place in an eight-horse field to win going away by 3 3/4 lengths; she was clocked in 1:10 3/5. Lovely Isle, who sold for $20,000 at OBS in April, has earned $51,000 in her two races.



With an incredible surge of success during August and September, DOUBLE HONOR sired FOUR stakes winners and one stakes-placer.  The former #1 Florida Sire by progeny earnings has current progeny earnings of more than $2.4 million.  His 2007 stakes winners include: 2yo ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, 3yo DOUBLE ACTION, 4yo JET PROPULSION and 5yo CUT THE MUSTARD

All Night Labor produces win


All Night Labor squeezed right over to the rail, took the lead and continued to exert herself to win by eight-and-a-quarter lengths in a first level allowance race Saturday, June 9, at Delaware Park. The three-year-old daughter of leading Florida sire Double Honor finished the one-and-one-sixteenth miles in 1:44 2/5. Her sire was Florida’s leading sire in 2005 and is currently the ninth-leading sire in Florida. The son of Gone West is the sire of two 2007 stakes winners—Jet Propulsion and Double Action. Double Honor stands for $3,500 and is the sire of 12 stakes winners. 

Double Honor gains 12th stakes winner


Double Honor gained his twelfth stakes winner May 6 when Double Action won the $53,625 Golden Bear Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. The three-year-old son of Double Honor settled in mid-pack before moving to the lead and drawing off to win the six-furlong race in 1:09 flat by four-and-a-half lengths. Double Honor stands for $3,500 and was the leading Florida sire in 2005. The son of Gone West had two stakes winners in the past week. The other was Jet Propulsion in the grade-three Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap on April 28.

Son of Double Honor wins G3 stakes


Jet Propulsion, a son of Double Honor, led wire-to-wire April 28 to win the G3  Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Calder Race Course. The four-year-old gelding added $45,000 to his earnings to boost them over $200,000. Jet Propulsion had previously won the $100,000 Needles Stakes at Calder last fall. The win was his seventh in 26 starts. However, he has a much better record on grass where he has won six of 14 starts. His record over the Calder turf course is five wins in eight starts. Double Honor was Florida’s leading sire in 2005. He stands for $3,500.

Eastern breaks maiden


Eastern, a three-year-old colt by Double Honor, broke his maiden in his second start April 28 at Calder Race Course. Breaking from the nine post, Eastern went right to the lead and ran away to win by two lengths in the five-and-a-half furlong race. Eastern was making his second start and first in seven months. Double Honor stands for $3,500. The son of Gone West was the leading Florida sire in 2005.

Double Honor filly is primetime


Primetime Princess went immediately to the leading and asserted herself in the stretch to win by a length in a first level allowance race Saturday, March 31, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A daughter of leading Florida stallion Double Honor, Primetime Princess won her third start in seven starts on the main track for earnings of more than $93,000. Double Honor, a grade-three winning son of Gone West, was Florida’s leading sire in 2005. He stands for $3,500.



A two-year-old colt by Double Honor, World War, earned victory in an allowance race at Calder Race Course Dec. 28. After stalking the lead early, World War rushed to the lead and widened to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Last year’s leading Florida sire, Double Honor stands at Get Away Farm for $3,500.



Saturday, December 16th - 1-4 p.m.

Please join us at the stallion barn for Food and Refreshments & Drawing for Complimentary Seasons to:
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In a brilliant wire-to-wire allowance win at Bay Meadows, Nov. 26, the 4yo filly increased her 2006 bankroll to $123,625. By current earnings, she now leads the four $100,000+ earners sired by DOUBLE HONOR this year.



A multiple stakes winner at two, RAILROAD pushed his 2006 earnings over the $100,000 mark when he scored his second stakes victory this year Winning by two lengths in the one-mile John Henry S. (on the turf) at Bay Meadows, Nov. 24, the 4yo now has career earnings of $184,755.



Racing 1 1/16 mi. on the dirt, GIN RUMMY KING captured the Gizmo’s Fortune S, Nov. 18.  His lifetime record is now 16-6-4-1 $228,860.



After a bad stumble leaving the gate, the 3-year-old son of DOUBLE HONOR turned on the afterburners, rallied three wide going into the stretch and bested the 11 horse field in the Needles S. at Calder, Sept. 23.
Racing1 1/16 miles on the turf, the stakes win pushed JET PROPULSION’s earnings over the $100,000 mark.



Owner, Manuel Andrade announced Friday, Kentucky Derby-placed, multiple Grade 2 stakes winner Imperialism will stand the 2007 breeding season for $5000 live foal, payable when foal stands and nurses. Furthermore, two special incentives have been implemented to attract breeders to the first-year stallion. 


The initial incentive includes a complimentary season for the first twenty signed breeding contracts to stakes-producing or Graded stakes-winning mares. In addition to this incentive, an award in the amount of $100,000 will be paid to the mare owner signing a 2007 contract for the first Grade 1 stakes winner sired by Imperialism.


A son of champion sprinter and Leading Sire Langfuhr, Imperialism won or placed in seven Graded events including the Kentucky Derby-G1, Hollywood Derby-G1, Santa Anita Derby-G1, etc. and retired sound with career earnings of $899,772. 


Imperialism is the property of Manuel Andrade will take up stud duty at Get Away Farm near Ocala, Florida.  Inquiries to: Manuel Andrade (561) 371-8006 or Larry Anderson (352) 591-1275.



In his second stakes performance this year, SW GIN RUMMY KING finished 3rd in the American Dreamer S. at Calder Aug. 20. The 3-year-old now has career earnings of $176,560.  

The same day at Saratoga, OK TO PAY set the early pace and drew away in the stretch to win a 7 furlong allowance race by 2 1/2 lengths on the main track.  Earlier in the day, I’VE GOT HONOR  took home the winner’s portion of a 5 1/2 furlong allowance in the first race at Monmouth.



Imperialism has been retired.
Associated Press Photo
Steve Taub's three-time grade II winner Imperialism has been retired and sold, trainer Kristin Mulhall revealed Saturday, and will take up stud duty at Get Away Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2007 breeding season.

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In allowance company, the 4-year-old filly set the pace and maintained a clear lead to win the five-furlong test on the turf, Aug. 10th.



Multiple stakes-placed, World Battle raced a mile on the grass, drew clear from his nine competitors at the eighth pole to win by 3 1/4 lengths, August 6th. The winning performance raised the 3-year-old’s current earnings to $85,195.



MISS DOUBLE TAKE, a full sister to COLLEGE ROAD ($147,880), broke her maiden at Monmouth Park racing 5 furlongs on the dirt, July 26th.



In his second blacktype performance this year, RAILROAD captured the Robert K. Kerlan Memorial H. at Hollywood Park, July 9th.