The Warriors Club: Salutos Amigos
Six years old. Thirty eight starts. Twelve wins. Eight stakes wins. In the money nine more times for career earnings - so far - of $1,542,406. And, as he won his first Grade 1 Stake when he won the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, it looks like Salutos Amigos is actually getting better.
After starting out his career at Santa Anita where he broke his maiden, the son of Salute The Sarge moved to the East Coast. After showing enough ability in the mornings to to persuade connections to run in several Graded Stakes, only to remain winless at that level, a gelding operation changed things. First and second placings in several stakes races followed.
Originally bred in Kentucky by Joan Hadley Thoroughbreds and now trained and part owned by David Jacobson, Salutos Amigos rallied from dead last on a wet track in the Carter Handicap to get up to nail the talented grey Calculator on the wire.
"Even though he is a gelding, he deserves a Grade 1 under his belt" Jacobson said. "I don't think we got the best trip. He's such a good horse. I think he overcame going wide, getting bumped. Usually, he breaks a little better - he's the first one out of the gate, and then we drop him back. So, I was concerned for about a minute eight or nine seconds. It's all heart with him."
Salutos Amigos is the first horse we have chosen to become a member of Thoroughbred People's "Warriors" club, which is designed to showcase fan favorites and hard trying runners aged four and older that have won ten or more races in their career to date. They may be low level claimers, allowance or stakes horses. In a game where all too often our 3 year old, temporary heroes are wheeled off to stud before they can get anywhere close to winning that many races, we are going to celebrate those tough, hard knocking horses who stick around and who just love to win, enabling fans to follow them over several years.
Welcome to the Warriors club, Salutos Amigos!