Salvator Mile (Monmouth Park) Predictions & Betting Odds

Salvator Mile

If you're playing only to win, go with my top pick Ny Traffic (5/2)

Salvator Mile Post Position and Odds

Check out our predictions and odds for the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park!

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 GALERIO 12/1
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P Morales D Bennett
2 WEST WILL POWER 9/2
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N Juarez K Breen
3 BAL HARBOUR 12/1
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M Sanchez G Sacco
4 GREEN LIGHT GO 8/1
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D Davis J Hollendorfer
5 INFORMATIVE 30/1
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J Ferrer U St Lewis
6 CROATIAN 20/1
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H Diaz Jr J Hollendorfer
7 NY TRAFFIC 5/2
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P Lopez S Joseph Jr
8 BASIN 6/1
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A Jiminez T Pletcher
9 WAR STOPPER 12/1
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R Silvera T Pletcher
10 PIRATE’S PUNCH 4/1
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R Albarado G Forster

Best Bets For the Salvator Mile

Here are my plays ($40 in total)

$5 Exacta Box Ny Traffic, West Will Power, and Galerio = $30

$5 Exacta part wheel Ny Traffic over West Will Power and Galerio = $10

Salvator Mile Top Pick

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Our Pick
Ny Traffic (5/2)
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Ny Traffic and Pirate’s Punch, two horses that turned in big performances at Monmouth Park last summer, top a field of ten older males set for Saturday’s Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park.

An impressive winner of his return race last month at Belmont Park, Ny Traffic is the likely favorite. He ran several strong races last year, but none were better than his just miss second behind Authentic in the Grade 1 Haskell, in his lone performance at Monmouth Park. The loss by a nose was actually one of three consecutive runner-up performances in graded stakes for the son of Cross Traffic.

Meanwhile, Pirate’s Punch ran two big races at Monmouth in 2020. The son of Shanghai Bobby was disqualified from victory in the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes before impressively getting the win in last year’s edition of the Salvator Mile. The 5-year-old gelding has not started since last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and had surgery to remove a chip from one of his knees shortly after that race in November.

Another who should get plenty of support at the windows is West Will Power. A lightly raced son of Bernardini, the Kelly Breen-trained 4-year-old will make his stakes debut on Saturday after winning a Keeneland allowance by daylight in his most recent start. Never worse than second in five career starts, he won his first two career starts at Monmouth Park last year.

How to Watch the Salvator Mile

Salvator Mile Race Information
Race Salvator Mile (Grade 3)
Location Monmouth Park
Time Saturday, June 12 — 4:28 pm Eastern time
How to Watch TVG
Purse $150,000

Race Analysis

Ny Traffic


A return to his best form of last year will make this Saffie Joseph, Jr.-trained runner the horse to beat in Saturday’s Salvator Mile. Judging by his return performance on May 2, the classy New York-bred looks to be on the verge of a very good season. Despite not yet winning a stakes race, he proved his class with several strong performances in 2020 against some of the best 3-year-olds in the country last year, including Authentic and Maxfield.

With good tactical speed, he should be in the race from the outset, and with a liking for the Monmouth Park strip, he should be ready to finally breakthrough for a graded stake win. He is the top pick.

Pirate’s Punch

This well-bred son of Shanghai Bobby turned in the best performances of his career last summer at the shore oval. Like the top pick, the defending champ of the Salvator Mile has good tactical speed and a liking for the track. He’s been away, though, since fading out of the picture in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He also had surgery soon after that race. At his best, he could win, but I will take a wait-and-see approach with him following the layoff.

West Will Power

This one may be the wildcard of the field. He is sure to get some action at the windows, but the Bernardini colt could well be worth the odds. Not only is he 2-for-2 over the track, but he comes in off an overpowering win on an off-track at Keeneland. Given some time between races, look for him to be raring to go back at his home base. While he does stay in touch early, he may have enough closing punch to be picking up the favorites late. He is a very dangerous newcomer to graded stakes racing.

Basin

Bouncing back and forth between sprinting and routing, this 4-year-old son of Liam’s Map brings plenty of class to the table for trainer Todd Pletcher. A Grade 1 winner at Saratoga as a Juvenile, he finished second in two tough graded stakes last year, including the Arkansas Derby. With a couple of sharp sprint races under his belt this year, look for him to be ready for the mile trip on Saturday in his third start of the year. I do like a couple in here better, but he is certainly in with a shot.

Green Light Go

An extremely promising 2-year-old, this son of Hard Spun has yet to live up to those lofty beginnings to his career. The good news is that he does come off a win in a solid allowance race at Oaklawn Park last time. The win followed a fifth-place finish behind the streaking Silver State in the Essex. Another who wants to be close to the early pace, he will need to take a step forward to beat the best in here. It’s possible that he can, but I like too many others better.

War Stopper

The second runner from trainer Todd Pletcher, this son of Declaration of War looked to be turning the corner this winter with two smart allowance scores at Gulfstream Park. Unfortunately, he was not able to keep the winning going when he returned to the stakes competition in his last two. He is probably better than he showed in his last race, but still, his three previous tries in graded stakes competition leave him on the outside looking in against this bunch.

Galerio

This Maryland shipper brings in plenty of good form to the Jersey Shore. In fact, he has not finished worse than second in 15 consecutive races. That is quite a streak, but of course, many of those races came against quite a bit cheaper. Still, he has proven he belongs against stakes horses with a trio of solid second-place finishes this year at Laurel. This will be his toughest test yet, but I believe he has a real shot to succeed despite the bump up in class. He is my top longshot.

Bal Harbour

This one will be making his 2021 debut on Saturday after going 0-for-5 last year. Having said that, he was at least competitive in three stakes races at Monmouth Park last season, including finishing third behind Pirate’s Punch in last year’s Salvator Mile. This year’s bunch only looks tougher, though, and coupled with the layoff, I find him hard to recommend.

Croatian

A seven-time winner, this son of Medaglia d’Oro is the most experienced horse in the field. Unfortunately, the class of horses he has faced in his career do not match up at all with what he will face on Saturday. It is worth noting that his final race of 2020 was a sharp win at Monmouth, but still, he looks to have found a very tough spot in the Salvator Mile.

Informative

While there is some back class in his past performances, this son of Bodemeister from the barn of Uriah St. Lewis just does not bring the kind of form to believe that he can make any serious noise against this solid field.

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