The Overlooked Race You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

The Overlooked Race You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

With a terrific weekend of racing on schedule, it could be easy to overlook an unheralded grade III race at Monmouth Park, but if you’re looking for bragging rights and would like to find a future star runner before the majority of racing fans have taken notice, it might pay to look in less obvious places this weekend.

Specifically, the race I have in mind is the Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park, a one-mile race that has been won in recent years by talented horses such as Itsmyluckyday, Kensei, Gottcha Gold, and Flower Alley. But this year’s field may be one of the best in the race’s history, and there are a couple of horses entered in the race that appear poised for big things in the second half of the year.

The first is Race Day, a Todd Pletcher-trained son of Tapit that has won five of his last six starts, including the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) and Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. He’s got excellent tactical speed, as well as the ability to settle off the lead, and his final times in the Oaklawn Handicap and Razorback translated to impressive Beyer speed figures of 110 and 106. He hasn’t run since April, but has turned in some sharp workouts in preparation for his return, and if he picks up where he left off, expect to see him be a factor in some very big races later this summer.

Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II)

Razorback Handicap (gr. III)

The other horse to keep an eye on is Red Vine, a five-year-old son of Candy Ride that has won three straight races, for trainer Christophe Clement, including the 1 mile and 70-yard Majestic Light Stakes last time out at Monmouth. In that race, Red Vine settled in fourth behind quick early fractions, then accelerated strongly to take command and defeat the talented Valid by two lengths. For his effort, he received a career-best Beyer speed figure of 106. After beginning his career with modest success on turf, Red Vine is now unbeaten on dirt and appears to be rising star. A victory in the Salvator Mile–or even just a strong effort against Race Day–could very well propel him to bigger and better races down the road.

The complete entries for the Salvator Mile are as follows:

Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III)
1 Fabulous Kid, Trevor McCarthy, Tim Ice
2 Pants On Fire, Paco Lopez, Kelly Breen
3 Bradester, Corey Lanerie, Eddie Keneally
4 Just Call Kenny, Daniel Centeno, Patrick McBurney
5 Valid, Orlando Bocachica, Marcus Vitali
6 Red Vine, Joe Bravo, Christophe Clement
7 Coup de Grace, Kerwin Clark, Larry Jones
8 Race Day, John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher
9 Don Dulce, Irad Ortiz Jr., David Jacobson
10 Decisive Moment, Abel Castellano Jr., Kathleen O’Connell

Follow J. Keeler Johnson ("Keelerman"):

J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the blog Unlocking Winners.

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