Pimlico mud smooth going for Saluteloot

Mare takes April Run by 4 1/4 over Molly G

May 29, 2000|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Saluteloot demonstrated once again her fondness for a muddy racetrack by romping to a 4 1/4 -length victory in the $50,000 April Run Stakes at Pimlico yesterday.

The 5-year-old daughter of Salutely is now 4-for-7 on an off track.

Ridden by Mark Johnston, Saluteloot covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:07 4/5.

Molly G tracked the winner throughout, but could finish no better than second. The long shot, Roby, closed to be third.

The April Run Stakes was originally carded as a turf race, but was transferred to the main track because of steady rain.

Saluteloot paid $8.60 to win and topped a 1-2 exacta of $31.80. The 1-2-6 trifecta paid $110.20.

Johnston, who rode three winners on yesterday's card, said, "She broke really well. She's run her best races on the lead or near the front end so I just tucked in behind the eight [Wassilla], let her get a little mud in her face and let her settle down.

"She was handling the surface extremely well. I saw a hole open up and figured, if I could get the jump from here, I'd have a shot to be the first one to the wire.

"I knew Molly G would be closing, but with the slow pace for the first half-mile, that usually makes it difficult for the closers to rally. Tim [Ritchey, trainer] had this mare ready to run today.

With the win, Saluteloot added $30,000 to her bankroll.

Holiday racing continues at Pimlico today with an 11-race card. The Honor Guard Stakes will be the feature offering.

Post time for the first race will be 1:05 p.m.

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