The Victorian trainer/breeder operation of John and Frank Salanitri had much to celebrate on Sunday night following the win of I Love It in the Group 3 Vamos Stakes over 1400 metres at Launceston.
The John Salanitri-trained mare came of age as a sprinter when she powered her way to an emphatic win at Group level and broke Lady Lynette’s track record along the way.
I Love It is by Emirates Park’s Victorian-based sire Artie Schiller. She is out of Not That Innocent, a city winning mare previously owned by the Salanitris and now by trainer Greg Eurell. She was bred to Bullarook Park sire Lucas Cranach last season.
This was the second stakes win this month for Artie Schiller with Flying Artie having won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (and now second favourite for Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes).
In Tasmania, the mare’s regular rider Stephen Baster settled the mare third behind the leader Sh’bourne Spirit until the home turn where he eased her off the rails to challenge and she quickly put the end result beyond doubt.
“This definitely makes up for being beaten narrowly in Hobart last start,” said Salanitri stable manager Frank Salanitri.
“This mare means so much to our family and every time she races in one of these big races she always gives her all.
“We will now look at a raced for her at Flemington on March 5 or we might just give her a break straight away and have another look at the Group 1 Sangster in South Australia in a couple of m months.
I love It won the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy in Hobart at her first start in Tasmania last year and she returned to tackle the same race two weeks ago only to be beaten in a head-bobbing finish by Niello mare Nautical.
Those looking for their own Artie Schiller racehorse can buy from the four on offer at the Inglis Yearling Sale: