07/03/2015 12:40PM

Salvator Mile pace may favor Red Vine

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Red Vine, winner of the Majestic Light Stakes, could benefit from a lively pace in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile

Red Vine and Race Day, two improving runners who could move on to some of the major races in the handicap division later this summer, will meet Sunday at Monmouth Park in the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile.

The Salvator tops the undercard for the Grade 1 United Nations. The stakes will be run as races 10 and 11 and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. The entire card will be streamed live on DRF.com.

Red Vine has won three straight races for trainer Christophe Clement since a second-level turf race he was entered in last December at Aqueduct was switched to the main track. He rallied from off the pace to win by 3 1/2 lengths while making the final start of his 4-year-old season.

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He has since won a fourth-level optional-claiming race at Aqueduct in April and the Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth in May. His Beyer Speed Figures have climbed in his last four starts, going from an 89 on turf to a 106 in the Majestic Light.

Race Day was purchased by owner Matt Schera for $285,000 out of last November’s Keeneland breeding stock sale and turned over to Todd Pletcher. He finished third, beaten a half-length, in the one-mile Fred Hooper at Gulfstream Park in his first start for his new connections and has since won two stakes at Oaklawn Park.

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Race Day won the Grade 3 Razorback by a neck in March and then scored by 3 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on April 11, earning a 110 Beyer. This will be his first race since the Oaklawn Handicap.

Race Day breezed May 3 at Keeneland but didn’t work again until June 8. He comes into the Salvator off a series of four works, including two five-furlong bullets at Belmont Park.

"He's been training super," Pletcher said. "I'm very pleased with how he is coming into the race."

The 10-horse Salvator field has quite a bit of speed, with Bradester and Valid entered. That could work in Red Vine’s favor as he is more apt to come from off the pace than Race Day.

Salvator Mile, Race 10

Key Contenders

Red Vine (Last 3 Beyers: 106-98-94)

◗ Ran by Valid in upper stretch to win the Majestic Light by two lengths.

Race Day (Last 3 Beyers: 110-106-104)

◗ Has earned $519,000 in three starts this year, far more than his purchase price.

◗ Although he was prominent from the start in both of his Oaklawn wins, he has won from off the pace several times.

Pants On Fire (Last 3 Beyers: 81-91-104)

◗ He has raced at Monmouth every season since 2010 for owners George and Lori Hall and trainer Kelly Breen, winning the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, Grade 3 Pegasus, and Skip Away. His local record is 7-3-1-1.

◗ Was in contention entering the stretch of the Met Mile last time out but tired to finish seventh.

Valid (102-98-88)

◗ Has turned in three straight bullet works at Monmouth since finishing second to Red Vine.

Bradester (80-81-105)

◗ Raced very well at Monmouth last year, finishing a close second to Valid in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup and second to Itsmyluckyday in the Salvator Mile.

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