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Salsa Bullet Takes John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Gate to Wire

Tags: Blue Eyed Sweetie, Commonwealth Stable, Eibar Coa, Florida Million, Holidaysatthefarm, John Franks, Salsa Bullet, Seth Benzel, Racing News | November 13, 2010

Following are quotes from the connections of Commonwealth Stable's 2-year-old filly Salsa Bullet, winner of the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:

Winning trainer's quotes:
Seth Benzel- "It wasn't necessarily our plan of attack to go to the lead, but she broke so sharply and nobody challenged her.  She got away with an easy lead and [jockey Eibar] Coa dictated the pace, slowing it down, and she had enough in the end to get the job done.  The Tropical Park Oaks sounds good [possible next race for her on Jan. 1]."

Note: Benzel is a New York-based trainer who is stabled at Palm Beach Downs for the winter.  This was his first starter at Calder.

Winning jockey's quotes:
Eibar Coa - "I didn't know exactly what to expect in this race pace-wise.  As it turns out, we went so slow in the beginning of the race, I couldn't help but to be on the lead.  As a matter of fact I was laughing to myself when I got to the backstretch and the rest of them were letting me get away with those easy fractions.  I was expecting someone to challenge me at that point, but it never happened so, better for me.  I was lucky to have the right horse in the right place."

Top three finishers and payouts:
1st         Salsa Bullet                   $15.60  $5.20    $3.60

2nd        Holidaysatthefarm                     $2.40    $2.10

3rd        Blue Eyed Sweetie                                $3.00

Running time - 1:47.07

About John Franks:
An oilman from Louisiana who founded Franks Petroleum in 1962, John Franks also had other investments in real estate, cattle, pecan farming and Thoroughbred racehorses.  Since entering the racing business in 1979, he had won four Eclipse Awards as the country's leading owner in 1983, 1984, 1993, and 1994.  He raced many stakes winners, including Calder winners Fig Fest, Dance For Thee, J J's Dream, Kiss A Native, Excellent Luck and Blissful Kiss.  He owned and operated Franks Farms Southland Division in Ocala, Florida and had been a strong supporter of the Florida Stallion Stakes program at Calder.  Mr. Franks passed away on December 31, 2003 at age 78.