The 1944 Carter Handicap,
which was run on June 10th, produced racing’s first triple dead heat
in a stakes race. On that day, Bossuet, Wait A Bit, and
Brownie hit the wire as one. The
1977 Carter was run in two divisions and resulted in a double dead heat between
Quiet Little Table and Gentle King.
year’s elite field of six has the makings for another historic finish. The
horses have impeccable records at the Carter distance of seven furlongs.
Jackson Bend (3 for 3), Caleb's Posse (2 for 2), Calibrachoa (1 for 1), and Emcee
(1 for 1) have perfect win records at seven eighths of a mile. Shackleford (1 for 2) and Tahitian
Warrior (2 for 4) have both been victorious at this distance.
only are these horses seven furlong specialists, but they are also fast.
Jackson Bend ran five consecutive 100+ Beyer Speed Figures prior to his third
place finish in the March 10th one mile Gulfstream Park Handicap
(G2). Caleb’s Posse has posted a 110 and 111 BSF in his last two graded stakes.
Calibrachoa ran a 111 and 106 in his last two races. Emcee has only three
career races and the most recent pair produced 108 and 107 BSFs. Tahitian Warrior had 105 in his sloppy
Feb. 10 win.
running styles are the final piece that could cause a blanket finish.
Shackleford, Emcee, and Tahatian Warrior like the front end. Calibrachoa can go
out early or stalk and Jackson Bend and Caleb’s Posse like to come running at
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champions have won the Carter Handicap going back to 1953 when Tom Fool became
Horse of the Year. 1999 champion Artax set the stake and track record with a
time of 1:20.04. Bold Ruler (1954), Star de Naskra (1979), Gulch (1988),
Housebuster (1991), and Kodiak Kowboy (2009) also won championship honors.
took Horse of the Year honors in 1974 and 1975, both years in which he won the
Carter. Forego, who had just won the mile and a quarter Widener Handicap,
defeated the great Mr. Prospector in 1974. Enjoy the video of the 1974 Carter.