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Full Salute Reports Home First In Select Stakes

June 12, 2016


Oceanport, N.J. – Morris Bailey’s Full Salute sat just off the early speed before grabbing command in the stretch and posting a length victory in the $60,000 Select Stakes before a crowd of 14,345 at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Full Salute stepped the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:03 flat and paid $6, $3.80 and $3 as the favorite in the field of seven colts and geldings.Easy River completed the $32.60 exacta and paid $4.40 and $3.20.It was another length and a half back to Henry the King, who returned $4.60 to show.

“When I was on him last time we had to go to the lead, but this time I didn’t want to gun it coming out of there,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez.“It was the perfect trip in behind horses and he was just the best horse in the race.”

Full Salute, a colt by Speightstown from the Milwaukee Brew mare Mazucambera, is now two-for-two at the meet, having won on dirt on May 22 against older rivals.His lifetime mark of 5-3-0 from 10 starts is good for earnings of $260,235.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, June 17 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.Friday’s card will feature a pair of steeplechase events.

As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.