2021 Salvator Mile Contenders & Odds at Monmouth Park

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Monmouth Park Press Release
Updated: June 10, 2021

Pirate's Punch and Ny Traffic took turns with impressive performances a year ago at Monmouth Park. Now they'll match their considerable talents in the same race at the track.

Pirate's Punch, idle since the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 7, and Ny Traffic, who made his return to racing on May 2, top a field of 10 for the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile, the headliner on Monmouth Park's Saturday, June 12th card.

2021 Salvator Mile Field & Odds

Race 10 at Monmouth Park on Saturday, June 12 - Post 4:28 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Galerio 6-1 Pablo Morales
118 Lbs
Dale Bennett
2 West Will Power 6-1 Nik Juarez
118 Lbs
Kelly Breen
3 Bal Harbour 6-1 Mychel Sanchez
118 Lbs
Gregory Sacco
4 Green Light Go 8-1 Dylan Davis
118 Lbs
Jerry Hollendorfer
5 Informative 30-1 Jose Ferrer
118 Lbs
Uriah St. Lewis
6 Croatian 15-1 Hector Diaz, Jr.
118 Lbs
Jerry Hollendorfer
7 Ny Traffic 9-5 Paco Lopez
118 Lbs
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
8 Basin 8-1 Albin Jimenez
122 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
9 War Stopper 12-1 Ruben Silvera
118 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
10 Pirate's Punch 5-1 Robby Albarado
118 Lbs
Grant Forster

When last seen at Monmouth Park, Pirate's Punch won the Salvator Mile in 2020 - a race after being disqualified from a victory in the Grade 3 Iselin Stakes. Ny Traffic was second in last year's Grade 1 TVG.com Haskell Stakes, beaten a nose by 2020 Horse of the Year Authentic.

Rounding out the Salvator Mile field are Bal Harbour, Basin, Croatian, Galerio, Green Light Go, Informative, War Stopper and West Will Power.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred, Pirate's Punch needed surgery to remove a chip from one of his knees shortly after the Breeders' Cup, with trainer Grant Forster now eager to get him started on his 2021 campaign.

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"After his surgery we took our time with him and did the proper rehab. Hopefully we have a foundation in him," said Forster. "He's doing fantastic. He seems like he's a bigger, stronger horse this year.

"Since we put him back in training he hasn't missed a day of training, hasn't missed a work, hasn't missed a gallop. He has been ultra-consistent and we think we have him ready to run and ready to get back in the game and get going."

The 4-year-old Ny Traffic, in his first race since the Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3, impressed in his 2021 debut, blazing to a 6¾-length victory in an allowance optional claimer at Belmont Park on May 2.

"He came back in a big way. He won emphatically," said trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. "We were hoping he would win but we never envisioned he would run like that in his first race back after seven months off.

"It's a long year and he has a lot in front of him. We're hoping this race can be a building block for the year."

Ny Traffic, a son of Cross Traffic-Mamie Reilly by Graeme Hall, has a 3-3-2 line from 12 career starts, with lifetime earnings of $612,220. Despite that, he has yet to win a graded stakes race.

"He came close (in last year's) Haskell," said Joseph. "He definitely has a graded stakes win in him. Hopefully it's this year - and maybe this weekend."

Ny Traffic is owned by John Fanelli, Cash is King LLC, LC Racing, Paul Braverman and Team Hanley.

Pirate's Punch, a son of of Shanghai Bobby-Catch the Moon by Malibu Moon, sports a 5-3-4 line from 18 career starts with $332,751 in earnings. He is owned by Gulliver Racing LLC, Craig W. Drager and Dan Lehan.

Saturday marks the 74th running of the Salvator Mile.

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