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
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.