Salazar continues hot streak 20-year-old among leaders Laurel notebook

June 18, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

He's 20 years old, the newest riding sensation in Maryland and a long way from his Mexico City home.

Austreberto Salazar came to the United States a year ago to make a better living for himself, and he's doing a good job of it.

He was the third-leading rider at the recently completed Pimlico Race Course meet with 42 wins, 25 seconds and 34 thirds.

Salazar, an apprentice jockey, was right there challenging leader Edgar Prado and second-place Michael Luzzi for the championship at Old Hilltop.

And nothing has changed since the action shifted to Laurel Race Course last week. Salazar was third in the jockey standings entering the nine-race card yesterday and still getting a lot of mounts.

He rode in the first eight races.

"I'm proud of myself," he said. "It's exciting to be wanted as a rider."

It would be easy for the youngster to get carried away with his newly found success and maybe blow some of his money on a few luxuries.

But not Salazar.

"I'm putting the money in the bank," he said of the approximately $45,000 he earned on his 218 mounts at Pimlico. "I just go home and rest after the races are over."

His primary outlets are playing soccer and running, and neither is expensive.

Yesterday was a rare off day for Salazar, as the best he could do was a second-place finish aboard Enchanting Katie in the first race.

But it didn't seem to faze him.

"It's just another day," said the rider who got his start in Mexico where his two cousins were jockeys. "I just plan to keep on riding and see how many races I can win."

Budweiser Breeders' Cup tomorrow

The eighth Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap, one of the highlights of the summer meet at Laurel, will be run tomorrow.

Sunny Sunrise and defending champion Excellent Tipper are two of the top attractions in the 1 1/8 -mile test.

Sunny Sunrise, a 6-year-old gelding, has won close to $1 million in 41 career starts.

All-Star Game drawing

Laurel Race Course will conduct a prize drawing Sunday for 10 pairs of tickets to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Camden Yards on July 13.

Race fans will also be eligible to win tickets to the All-Star Fanfest at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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