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Jul 01, 2011

United Nations and Salvator Mile at Monmouth Saturday


Oceanport, NJ (Sports Network) - A pair of major stakes races are on tap Saturday afternoon at Monmouth Park. The $750,000 United Nations Handicap and $200,000 Salvator Mile have attracted entries of 10 and seven, respectively.

The Salvator Mile will go off first at 5:30 p.m. (et). The seven horse field is led by Morning Line, runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. The 2010 Pennsylvania Derby winner will be joined by fellow four-year-olds Rule, Soaring Empire and Cactus Charlie.

Here is the full field from the rail out: Rule, Garrett Gomez; Morning Line, Eddie Castro; Soaring Empire, Jose Lezcano; Kensei, Edgar Prado; Motovato, Joe Bravo; Cactus Charlie, Shannon Uske and Friesian Fire, Gabriel Saez.

The United Nations, 1 3/8-miles on the turf, is led by defending champ Chinchon. The six-year-old Irish-bred won last year's race by 1 1/2-lengths after trailing the nine-horse field.

Also entered is 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer. The six-year-old is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Brooklyn Handicap on the dirt at Belmont Park.

Here is the complete field in post position order: Bourbon Bay. Alan Garcia; Teaks North, Eddie Castro; Eldaafer, Paco Lopez; Pulsion, Channing Hill; Sleepless Knight, Jose Lezcano; Bold Hawk, Elvis Trujillo; Stacelita, Joe Bravo; Belle Watling, Edgar Prado; General Perfect, Shannon Uske and Chinchon, Garrett Gomez.

Pulsion and Belle Watling will race as an entry, both trained by Patrick Biancone.

The United Nations Handicap, with a 6 p.m. post, is part of the Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' series. The winner will receive an automatic spot in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday, November 5 at Churchill Downs.

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