Calibrachoa reeled in his entrymate Driven by
Success to give trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole of Repole Stable a
sweep of the top two spots in the $65,000 Gravesend on Saturday at Aqueduct
Claimed for $40,000 by his current connections out of a 4 ¼-length
victory at the Big A on October 14 in his most recent start, Calibrachoa settled
in fifth as Driven by Success dueled with Footcandles and Ju Jitsu Jax through
an opening quarter-mile in 22.13. David Cohen gave Calibrochoa his cue midway
on the far turn, and the colt made a steady run on the outside to grab the lead
with a sixteenth to travel en route to a 1 ½-length triumph.
“We didn’t want Calibrachoa and Driven by Success butting
heads, so I told David to keep an eye on him and the others,” said
Pletcher. “He settled into a good spot, tipped out wide, and finished
strongly. We’ll probably send him to the Toboggan [Grade 3, $100,000,
Calibrachoa, part of a coupled entry that went off as the 3-2 favorite,
returned $5.00 to his backers in the crowd of 5,160 and completed six furlongs
in 1:08.85. Previously trained by Steve Asmussen for breeder Nelson Bunker
Hunt, the 3-year-old son of Southern Image is 5-3-1 from 11 starts and has
earned $160,540, including the $39,000 winner’s share of the Gravesend purse.
“[Calibrachoa] was pretty straight-and-narrow,” said Cohen.
“He settled well, circled the field, and gave me a very strong finish. He
was obviously very well prepared.”
The Gravesend was one of four wins on
the day for Cohen, who also took Race 4 with Dr Disco ($4.10), Race 7 with
Black Pen ($3.40), and Race 9 with Fortheloveof Anna ($7.20). The all-Cohen
Late Pick 3 paid $36.60 for a winning $2 wager.
finished third in the Gravesend, with Ju Jitsu
Jax, Ravalo, Footcandles, and Jack On the Rocks completing the order of finish.
Mesa Sunrise was scratched.