Mike Machowksy said Monday morning that Caracortado would not make the inaugural running of the Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day Sept. 29. The
trainer, who celebrates his 47th birthday on Wednesday, said he still
hoped to make the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on
“He won’t make the Eddie D, but I hope to make the Breeders’ Cup,”
Machowsky said. “I’m waiting for the frog (an integral component of the
hoof) to fill in completely.”
Caracortado has been out of action since the Daytona Stakes at Santa
Anita last Jan. 8, when he suffered a burn on the frog of his right
front foot. Machowsky had hoped to have the late-running California-bred
chestnut ready before the Eddie D, formerly run as the Morvich Stakes
at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, but the injury has taken much longer to
properly heal than initially anticipated.
Caracortado, a rags-to-riches gelding who won his first five starts,
including Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes as a 3-year-old,
has nine wins from 19 career starts, with earnings of $864,105.