(The following notes are from Diego Mitagstein of Turf Diario, on the first leg of Rio’s triple crown for colts. The photo of Sal Grosso by Davi Oliveira.)
Sal Grosso, bred and owned by Goncalo Torrealba’s Stud TNT, conquered the Group 1 Grande Premio Estado do Río de Janeiro – Haras das Estrelas (G1) Sunday, the first leg of Gavea’s triple crown for 3-year-old colts over 1600 meters.
By Our Emblem, sire of Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, out of the Kenmare mare Ken de Saron, a Grade 3 winner in the US, Sal Grosso used the same come-from-behind tactics that 24 hours before Dolly Max had perfected to win the Gran Premio Henrique Possolo – Haras das Estrelas (see post below). The Our Emblem colt won by a half-length from Too Friendly in the time of 1:33.65 over a fast track.
Trained by Venancio Nahid, Sal Grosso won for the second time in seven starts today, flying the devil’s red and blue silks made famous in the US by Calumet Farm and later purchased by TNT.