Mint Slewlep Proves to be Da Hoss

July 5, 2008

Mint Slewlep proves to be Da Hoss - Photo Jeff Coady / Coady Photography

Marshall Dowell’s Mint Slewlep closed stubbornly to wear down 8-5 favorite Salinja for a sharp win in the $60,000 Da Hoss Stakes Saturday at Colonial Downs.  

Mint Slewlep settled into a ground-saving trip near the back of the pack in the early stages of the one-mile turf event.  We’re Sailing sped away take control through early fractions of :23.93 and :47.77 as Mint Slewlep raced four lengths back around the first turn. 

Salinja made the first move on the far turn to get into second with second choice Giant Wrecker following him on the outside to move into third at the three-eighths pole.  Mint Slewlep advanced two-wide under Malcolm Franklin to establish striking position at the top of the lane.

Salinja inhaled We’re Sailing in upper stretch but Mint Slewlep was steadily gaining in the middle of the track and Bastille was flying on the far outside after trailing early. 

“When I got to the top of the lane he kicked in just right,” Franklin said.

Mint Slewlep finished up in 1:37.00 to win by three-quarters of a length over Salinja. Bastille’s rally fell a length and a half short. 

The Da Hoss was the 4-year-old Slew City Slew colt’s first stakes victory. 

Trainer Robbie Bailes deferred credit for the win.  “I have to thank Marshall and his wife Carol because they picked this spot.  I didn’t pick it,” he said. 

Dowell, a popular local owner from nearby Mechanicsville, Virginia, was equally humble after the $16.60 upset. “Well, it just goes to show you a blind squirrel gets an acorn every once and a while,” he concluded.

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