It’s not often that Todd Bletcher’s top-notch winning coach gets overlooked in a betting race. But with defending champion Pirate’s Punch and talented Ny Traffic driving Saturday’s Class 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, that appears to be the case with Basin.
4 year old son Liam map خريطة, who won the first division title at Saratoga when he was two years old and then finished second in the Arkansas Derby last year after Charlatan, will make his fourth start with Bleacher.
Fellow Hall of Fame coach Steve Asmussen had Basin for his first seven starts.
A $150,000 purchase that earned $568,260 in 10 lifetime starts, Bassin comes in eighth in the first-class Churchill Downs Stakes on May 1—although he only hit 3¾ lengths in this seven-furlong race.
“He hasn’t been beaten yet in Churchill,” said Bleacher. “The whole field was two or three lengths apart. He got kicked out late but just started not holding his place in hindsight. I thought he ran competitively in a very deep field.”
In three career starts for Pletcher, Basin, owned by Jackpot Farm, makes a second appearance in Amsterdam’s second division last August in Saratoga and a win at Sir Shackleton Stakes in Gulfstream Park on March 27.
His best efforts, with the exception of the Arkansas Derby, came in at seven furlongs or less. But Blecher is confident the two-turn Salvator Mile, which has attracted a field of 10, won’t be a problem.
“We felt the two-turn, one-mile race suited him well,” said Blecher. “He’s training like two turns and it wouldn’t be a problem for much longer. I felt the timing was a good (spot) wise and he’s had good breezes since the Churchill race.”
Pirate’s Punch, who claimed a double victory at Salvator Mile last year, has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on November 7. Coach Grant Forster said the 5-year-old eunuch was surgically removed from one. His knees after that race but he trained very well during the break.
New York Traffic, ranked second to 2020 horse of the year A native Last year’s TVG.com Haskell Stakes turned in an impressive first race for coach Saffie Joseph, Jr. As preparation for this race. He won an optional allotment claim in Belmont Park by 6 lengths on May 2.
The 74th race from Salvator Mile, who holds a $150,000 purse, will go as the 10th race on the 13-race card. The first time after the race is 12:15 p.m.
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