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Calibrachoa Seeks First Grade 1 in Carter

Calibrachoa wins the 2012 Tom Fool Handicap.

Carter Handicap hopeful Calibrachoa returned to the worktab on Thursday by posting a 49.12 four-furlong breeze on the Belmont Park training track, his first work since his victory in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap on March 3.

 

Calibrachoa, a five-time graded stakes winner for owner Mike Repole, will attempt to capture his first Grade 1 race in the $400,000 Carter, a seven-furlong race that will be contested April 7, Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct.

 

“He worked here the other day, an easy maintenance work, and his appetite and is attitude is good, so we’re very pleased,” said Michael McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

 

In addition to Calibrachoa, who in 2012 swept the Grade 3 Toboggan and Tom Fool for the second straight year, and the Godolphin Racing/Darley Stable duo of Emcee and Crossbow, the Carter is expected to attract 2001 Preakness winner Shackleford, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Caleb’s Posse, 2011 Forego victor Jackson Bend, and 2009 King’s Bishop victor Capt. Candyman Can.

 

“I hope [Calibrachoa] likes the outer track as much as he likes the inner track, but it’s going to be a great race, obviously,” said McCarthy. “We’ll have our work cut out for us, for sure.”

 

The Pletcher barn plans to send out Gemologist in the Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial. The WinStar Farm color-bear is expected to fly from Florida to New York on April 4, the Pletcher confirmed via text message. Gemologist is unbeaten in five starts and enters the Wood off victories in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in November at Churchill Downs and in a Gulfstream Park allowance on March 16.

 

 

 

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