Salty Strike

Churchill Downs notes: Salty Strike well-spotted in Friday's Dream Supreme

Among the attractions on an excellent Friday undercard is the $65,000 Dream Supreme, an overnight stakes slotted as the second of 12 races. Salty Strike, a winner in 4 of 8 starts this year, looks like the horse to beat in a field of seven fillies and mares going six furlongs.

Ellis Park: Gardenia Stakes boasts classy field led by Sassy Image

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Sassy Image will be seeking her first victory of the year in her third start on the comeback trail.

The 31st running of the the Grade 3 Gardenia Stakes on Saturday - the showcase of the Ellis Park meeting in Henderson, Ky. - shapes up as arguably the best race in the track’s 90-year history. The field of 11 fillies and mares includes four graded stakes winners: Salty Strike, Juanita, Joyful Victory, and Sassy Image.

Prairie Meadows: Favorites Salty Strike, River Bear score in co-featured stakes

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Salty Strike, under Shane Laviolette, surges to get up by a nose in the Prairie Rose.

ALTOONA, Iowa -- Salty Strike's determined late bid was good enough for a nose victory over the game pacesetter Starlite Starbrite in Friday night's co-featured $60,000 Prairie Rose Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Under a stiff drive from jockey Shane Laviolette, favorite Salty Strike ($3.80) registered her fifth lifetime tally and her first outside of her favored Churchill Downs main track. Trained by Ken McPeek for owner Craig B. Singer, Salty Strike managed a rally over a sloppy track, covering the six furlongs in 1:09.85.

Prairie Meadows: Pair of festival prep races top card

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Outta Tune has progressed from low-level claimer to a graded stakes winner since last July.

ALTOONA, Iowa – With the Iowa Festival of Racing looming large the last weekend of June, Prairie Meadows conducts local preps for the Festival’s two sprint races, the $100,000 Saylorville and the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap, this Friday night.

Churchill: Salty Strike comes up the rail to take Dream Supreme

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Mike Smith guides Salty Strike to a four-length score in the Dream Supreme.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a battle of Churchill Downs specialists, Salty Strike proved the queen of the Churchill main track by defeating favored Dancinginherdreams by four lengths in the $87,700 Dream Supreme Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard.

The race was essentially won with a move on the turn under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who sent Salty Strike toward the inside to rally, saving valuable ground.

Churchill Downs: Cruz guides Salty Strike to Dogwood score

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Salty Strike wins the Dogwood at Churchill Downs for her first stakes score. The win was the first in a stakes at Churchill for her jockey, Manny Cruz.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Salty Strike surged to her first stakes victory Saturday, getting a perfect stalking trip under Manny Cruz in the 37th running of the Grade 3, $109,300 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Oaklawn's Honeybee draws diverse group of 3-year-old fillies

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Rigoletta has shipped to Oaklawn Park from Southern California for Saturday's Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – With Gulfstream Park-based Salty Strike arriving at Oaklawn Park over the weekend and Rigoletta touching down in Arkansas late Wednesday morning from Southern California, the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee will have coast-to-coast representation Saturday.

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