El Celestial wins Caribbean Speed Cup for father-son duo

by | 12.11.2011 | 8:04am
El Celestial, Clasico Velocidad del Caribe
El Celestial, Clasico Velocidad del Caribe

Deirdre Biles, in Panama for the Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Hipodromo Presidente Remon, reports for Bloodhorse.com on Saturday's Copa Velocidad del Caribe (Caribbean Speed Cup), won by El Celestial – trained by Carlos Salazar, the son of the track's president.

El Celestial, a son of the Red Ransom stallion Trident, was bred by Haras San Miguel, one of Panama's leading breeders.


Biles, who presented the trophy to the winning groom, was joined in the winner's circle ceremonies by Tom Thornbury and Will Mayer of Keeneland and David Vance, consultant and former U.S. track executive.

“The current father and son duo, who are large, husky men, both had tears in their eyes following the race, and the elder Salazar got to present the winning trainer's trophy to the younger,” writes Biles.

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