The Summit of Speed at Gulfstream Park features two Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In races, the Princess Rooney Stakes (G3) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3). Both July 1 contests will feature runners purchased by Sallusto & Albina as will the United Nations Stakes (G1) up the east coast at Monmouth Park.
Lightstream – $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2)
Sallusto & Albina private purchase Lightstream ships in from New York for the Princess Rooney, one of the premier North American races for female sprinters. A daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, Lightstream was a three-time stakes winner last year as a three-year-old. Two of those victories were in graded company, the Beaumont Stakes and the Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland and she added a pair of Grade 1 placings along the way. The Brian Lynch trainee enters the Princess Rooney off a third in the Bed o’ Roses Invitational (G3) on June 9. A victory would give Lightstream an automatic, fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Del Mar on November 4.
Royal Squeeze – $250,000 Smile Sprint Stakes (G3)
Royal Squeeze, already a multiple stakes winner at Gulfstream Park, goes for his biggest victory in the Smile. Winner of the Tarpon Stakes as a sophomore in 2015, the son of Wildcat Heir scored a win in the Jeblar Stakes in his lone 2017 appearance on April 30.
Trainer Ralph Nicks has guided Royal Squeeze through a series of stout works since, culminating in a 4-furlong gate breeze on June 28 in :49 flat.
“He’s doing well and I’m expecting a good effort from him,” said Nicks after the work. “(The Smile) will be a very good measuring stick”
A win in the Smile would earn Royal Squeeze a stall in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) starting gate come November. He was purchased by Sallusto & Albina bloodstock agents at the 2014 OBS March Two-Year-Old In Training sale for Newton Anner Stud.
Beach Patrol – $300,000 United Nation Stakes (G1)
While not an official Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ event, the United Nations is one of the more important races on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). In fact, two of the past 10 BC Turf winners have emerged from the United Nations – English Channel (2007) and Main Sequence (2014). Beach Patrol will seek to add his name to that list. The Lemon Drop Kid colt captured the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes in 2016, less than three months after being purchased privately by Sallusto & Albina. He’s placed in a trio of graded heats since, including seconds in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (by a nose) on Kentucky Derby Day. Should Beach Patrol prevail he would become the second Sallusto & Albina bloodstock private purchase to capture the United Nations after Teaks North in 2011.