07/02/2008 11:00PM

Salinja hard to ignore


Salinja's sharp recent form may give him an edge over a pair of 6-year-olds with back class in the $50,000 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs.

The 124-pound highweight in a field of 10 older horses going a mile on turf, Salinja has run well in two of his three most recent starts, winning an allowance over a yielding surface at Keeneland and just missing in an overnight stakes at Delaware Park last time out.

Giant Wrecker, off since December, and South American import Don Lobizon, who has raced just once since November 2006, could wake up facing softer competition.

Giant Wrecker will be making his first start for trainer Tony Dutrow. He has lost eight straight since winning the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap in February 2007. The last time he ran in an ungraded stakes, Giant Wrecker was second in the $200,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park in September.

Don Lobizon was second in a Group 1 in Argentina, but that was more than 19 months ago. He showed nothing in his comeback, a dirt sprint, but is capable of vast improvement going long on turf.