07/03/2002 11:00PM

Salinas has shot at a double


MIAMI - Trainer Angel Salinas will attempt to sweep the season's first 2-year-old stakes at Calder when he sends the undefeated King Robyn out against eight rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Criterium Stakes.

The Criterium highlights a 12-race card that also includes the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Purse. The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation is widely known as one of the foremost organizations promoting horse health and safety throughout the United States.

Salinas sent out Heavenly Miss to upset colleague Jim Hatchett's 8-5 favorite Crimson and Roses to win the $100,000 J j'sdream Stakes last weekend. Hatchett will again send out the favorites and horses to beat, Hear No Evil and Awesome of Course, in the Criterium.

King Robyn was extremely impressive winning his only previous start by 6 1/2 lengths. A son of Robyn Dancer out of the stakes-winning mare Queen's Family, King Robyn is directly related to three previous stakes winners and figures to add to his family's reputation if he runs back to his debut in the Criterium.

Manny Aguilar, who rode Heavenly Miss to victory in the

J j'dream, will replace Cornelio Velasquez aboard King Robyn. Velasquez will be in California to ride Cellars Shiraz in Hollywood Park's American Oaks.

Hear No Evil will race coupled in the wagering along with Awesome of Course. Lucky Magus completes the Hatchett threesome.

Hear No Evil rebounded from a narrow defeat as the 4-5 favorite in his debut to register an easy wire-to- wire victory two weeks later. He then dominated first-level allowance company by 9 1/2 lengths in his most recent start, equaling the 5 1/2-furlong track record in the process.

Awesome of Course also earned his diploma in his second start, racing over a wet track. He has since returned to turn in a pair of strong five-furlong works.

Lucky Magus has won his last two starts, including a come-from-behind half-length allowance victory on June 2.

Sweet Promises is the only stakes winner in the field. He defeated Lucky Magus to win Gulfstream Park's three-furlong Valid Appeal Stakes on April 19. A homebred son of End Sweep, Sweet Promises was sent to the farm for a brief freshening after that victory but is also training extremely well for the Criterium.

Comic Truth, Lex Luthier, Mickey's Magic, and Supah Blitz rounds out the lineup.

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