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Smooth Air Sticks Around for Salvator

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Trainer Chad Brown and Smooth Air are in the getting-acquainted stage.

“We are still getting to know him,” Brown said.

Trained throughout his career by Bennie Stutts Jr., Smooth Air was transferred to Brown following his second-place finish in the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park on May 25.

Smooth Air will be one of top choices Saturday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. The Salvator is a Win and You’re In race, guaranteeing the winner a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

Smooth Air, 4, has won 6 of 15 career starts, including three Grade 2 stakes, the Hutcheson and the Ohio Derby in 2008 and the Gulfstream Park Handicap this March. After taking the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap, Smooth Air was second to Bribon in the Met Mile, which put him over the million-dollar mark in earnings. Owner Brian Burns decided after the race to keep the horse in New York rather than send him back to Florida with Stutts.

“He ran out of our barn for the Met Mile and he just stayed here after the race,” said Brown, a former assistant to Bobby Frankel. “He seemed to come out of the race fine.”

Smooth Air finished seventh last October in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic. The recent one-mile efforts do not mean he will be permanently shortened up.

“This seems like a good distance for him,” Brown said. “I don’t think he’s limited to one mile, by any means.”

Paco Lopez has the return call.

The Salvator drew a competitive field of eight, including Two Step Salsa, third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He was purchased by Godolphin Racing after that and wintered in Dubai, where he won the Grade 2 Godolphin Mile.

Smooth Air to Run in Texas Mile

Smooth Air and Jonesboro will each take their shot at becoming a millionaire April 25 when they square off in the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

Mount Joy Stables’ Florida homebred Smooth Air will be the probable post time favorite based on his last out victory in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 14, which gave him the third grade II score of his career. In 2008, the son of Smooth Jazz—Air France, by French Deputy won the Hutcheson and Ohio Derby during his successful sophomore campaign.

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Smooth Air Takes Gulfstream Park Handicap

Mount Joy Stables’ 4-year-old Florida homebred Smooth Air wore down the leaders in the deep stretch of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 14 at Gulfstream Park to score a 1 1/4-length decision over Rolbea Throughbred Racing’s 5-year-old Finallymadeit.

Ridden by Paco Lopez, Smooth Air was making his second start this year after finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita in late October for trainer Bennie Stutts Jr. The son of Smooth Jazzrelaxed off the pace down the backstretch of the one-mile test as Finallymadeit dueled for the lead with Robert Clay’s Formidable before rallying down the outside in the field of six older horses. Formidable held third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.

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