Salutos Amigos wins Belmont’s Bold Ruler Handicap

NEW YORK (AP) Salutos Amigos could be a late entrant in the Breeders’ Cup following Saturday’s victory in the $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old gelding was pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. The Breeders’ Cup seemed out of range when trainer David Jacobson opted to stay home and run in the Bold Ruler.

The win so impressed Jacobson, a co-owner of the horse, that now he wants the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup prize.

”I don’t know if it’s still an option, but if it is, we’re going to be on a plane to California on Monday,” Jacobson said. ”I was just waiting for a spectacular performance, and we got it.”

Salutos Amigos rallied to beat Confrontation by 3 1/4 lengths. Confrontation had come from seventh to take the lead at the top of the stretch, a winning move if not for the late surge that carried Salutos Amigos to his first stakes victory, and fifth win in 22 starts.

Cornelio Velasquez was aboard for the seven furlongs in 1:21.87.

Salutos Amigos paid $9.10, $5.30 and $3.80. Confrontation returned $7.80 and $5.50, and Romanish paid $4.10 to show.

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