“Those cowboys,” Bob Baffert trainer of runner-up Pioneerof The Nile said, “they came with a good horse.”
Just a few days ago, we said Mine That Bird didn't belong in the race as the road to the Kentucky Derby does not go through New Mexico...Doh!
Out on the Great Meadow race course, the timber classic played out as anticipated as Salmo jumped beautifully and had enough left to hold off defending champion Bubble Economy down the stretch.
Salmo also won the race in 2007 when trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Chip Miller. The 13-year-old son of Northern Baby gave owner Irv Naylor his third victory in the timber stakes. Erin Go Bragh was third.
Salmo was bred in Virginia by Sara and Bruce Collette of Pageland Farm in Casanova, VA. Coincidentally, the Collette's farm is next door to Spring Hill Farm where top three-year-old and injury Kentucky Derby contender Quality Road was born.
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