June 8 – Thoroughbred owners entrust bloodstock agents to find horses that can compete on racing’s biggest stages. With 18 stakes worth a combined $9.35 million in purses, there are few bigger stages than the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. So it’s no surprise to see that Sallusto & Albina-purchased runners figure prominently in over a quarter of this weekend’s big Belmont stakes events:
Stallwalkin’ Dude – $250,000 True North S. (G2) on June 9
Stallwalkin’ Dude always runs his race and is quickly becoming a New York favorite. Purchased privately by bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto and partner Hanzly Albina, the millionaire seeks his eighth stakes victory and second graded trophy in the True North. Two 21st century Eclipse Award Sprint Champions have captured the True North – Speightstown (2004) and Benny the Bull (2008), another Sallusto & Albina private buy.
Update: Stallwalkin’ Dude finished 2nd, earnings now $1,400,852
Lightstream – $250,000 Bed o’ Roses Inv. (G3) on June 9
Multiple graded winner and multiple Grade 1-placed Lightstream makes her second start of 2017 in the Bed o’ Roses. Thoroughbred agents Sallusto & Albina purchased her privately prior to her score in last April’s Beaumont S. (G3) at Keeneland. That was the beginning of a stellar 2016 campaign which included additional wins in the Soaring Softly S. and Raven Run S. (G2) over older rivals, as well as placings in important Grade 1’s like the Mother Goose S. and Test S.
Update: Lightstream finished 2nd, earnings now $500,820
Beach Patrol – $1,000,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan S. (G1) on June 10
Beach Patrol was purchased privately by Sallusto & Albina last June. Within three months he had collected the trophy for the Grade 1 Secretariat S. The son of Lemon Drop Kid enters the Manhattan off a narrow second to Divisidero in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) on Kentucky Derby Day. An earner of nearly $800,000, Beach Patrol again meets Divisdero, along with three other Grade 1 winners in the Manhattan.
Tommy Macho – $1,200,000 Metropolitan H. (G1) on June 10
Tommy Macho was extremely unlucky not to win the April 8 Carter H. (G1) after a world According to the chartcaller he ‘altered out to the two path and was met and bumped by Unified, apused briefly in tight between foes near the sixteenth marker losing momentum as a result’. Another Sallusto & Albina bloodstock agency private purchase, Tommy Macho has won a trio of graded stakes and amassed a $622,920 bankroll for owners Paul P. Pompa, Jr. and J Stables. The Sallusto & Albina assisted yearling purchased & managed Silver Train captured the Met Mile in 2006.
Blessed Halo – $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2) on June 10
A Woody Stephens victory by the up-and-coming Blessed Halo would be the second by a Sallusto & Albina purchase this decade. D’Funnybone scored in the important three-year-old sprint stake in 2010, one of his four graded successes. Blessed Halo was purchased last summer for ZRJ Stables after a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Dr. Fager S. at Gulfstream Park. The David Cannizzo pupil broke through with a sharp Maiden Special triumph at Belmont on May 13 to earn his way into graded stakes company. Blessed Halo is a son of the rising young stallion Kantharos, a Sallusto & Albina pinhook.