Articles: Press Release
Spring Salute Wins Grade II Ferguson
Landslide Farm's Spring Salute out-jumped a nine-horse field to capture the
$50,000 Grade II Zeke Ferguson Memorial Handicap at Colonial Downs on Friday
October 6th. Dismissed at 13-1, the grandson of Hoist the Flag romped to a 7
1/2 length victory over 33-1 shot Al Skywalker, keying a $388.40 exacta. The
winner is trained by leading steeplechase trainer (measured by money-won)
Sanna Neilson. Pompeyo (Chi), who is also trained by Ms. Neilson, finished
Spring Salute established a new stake record covering the 2 1/4 miles over a
firm course in 3:59.31. He surpassed the previous record of 4:00.75 set by
Dalton River in 1998. "I'm not surprised" said a thrilled Neilson after the
race. "He ran well at Saratoga this year, and showed signs of being a good
horse when he was younger. It's on to Far Hills and the Breeder's Cup now."
Winning jockey Craig Thornton kept Spring Salute in sixth place for most of
the race before gradually moving him into contention down the backside the
last time. Spring Salute split horses around the final turn and drew off from
the rest of the field impressively. "He really jumped well" said Thornton in
the winner's circle. "I taught him to jump back at Sanna's farm, and he
showed today that he learned his lessons well."
For more on the Ferguson, including the complete order of finish, Click here.