The Stars and Stripes festival highlights the penultimate Saturday of the Belmont Park Spring/Summer meeting and Sallusto & Albina purchases figure prominently in two of the five stakes on the card.
$350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G2) a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ race
The Sallusto & Albina private purchases Tommy Macho and Stallwalkin’ Dude are among the players in this important stop on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). In fact, the winner of the Belmont Sprint Championship earns an automatic berth in the Sprint, held this year at Del Mar on November 4.
Millionaire Stallwalkin’ Dude breaks from the rail in the 7-furlong event and is coming off a big second to Roy H in the Grade 2 True North Stakes. He was assigned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort, among the top one-turn figures of the year. An earner of over $1.4 million, the gallant gelding races for trainer David Jacobson and Head of Plains Partners.
Multiple graded winner Tommy Macho has also earned a 105 Beyer this year for his dominant score in the January 14 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3). The Sallusto & Albina bloodstock agents private purchase has completed the trifecta in three straight outings since, including a big third in the historic Met Mile (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day. Tommy Macho races in the colors of Paul Pompa Jr. and J Stables for whom he’s earned the bulk of his $742,920 bankroll.
“It was a really good purchase,” Pompa said of Tommy Macho last month. “He’s been hard-knocking for the last two or three years…”
$1,200,000 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1)
Sallusto & Albina bloodstock recently brokered a deal to acquire an interest in Donegal Racing’s Arklow. The son of Arch is emerging as one of the best best three-year-old turf runners in North America as evidenced by his one-length tally in the Grade 2 American Turf on the May 6 Kentucky Derby Day card. He defeated Good Samaritan and Big Score that afternoon, two of his rivals in the Belmont Derby. Trained by Brad Cox, Arklow will break from post 6 under Hall of Famer Mike Smith.
Both races will be televised live on NBC Sports with coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. eastern