Photo: Hollywood Park
his first start since finishing seventh in the Preakness May 15, Caracortado
was extremely impressive in his turf debut in the $55,504 feature Thursday at Hollywood Park.
was one of five non favorites to win in the Pick Six races, so there will be a
carryover of $54,204.98 when racing resumes Friday. Post time is 7:05 p.m. The
Pick Six begins in the third race.
new rider Joe Talamo, Caracortado, a 3-year-old Cat Dreams gelding and the
Maria’s Mon mare Mons Venus, exploded in the final furlong to win going away in
his first race against older.
to save ground after breaking from the rail, the 7-2 second choice swung
outside for room at the top of the stretch and accelerated in the middle of the
course to prevail by 1 ¾ lengths over 8-1 shot Cherokee Heaven and eight
in partnership by Blahut Racing LLC and trainer Mike Machowsky, who also bred
the chestnut in California,
Caracortado ran the six furlongs in 1:07.79. It was the fastest clocking at the
distance over the Hollywood
Park turf since
Scottsbluff set the course record of 1:07.54 July 15, 2007.
win was the sixth in nine starts for Caracortado, whose biggest victory came in
the Robert B. Lewis, a Grade II, Feb. 13 at Santa Anita. He’s earned $296,520.
returned $9.60, $6.20 and $3.60. Cherokee Heaven paid $8 and $6.20. He finished
one length in front of 3-1 favorite Amazombie. The show price on Amazombie was
Strike finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind Amazombie, then came
Stoneside, Dance With Gable, who is also trained by Machowsky, Hidden Blessing,
Cape Truth, Lieve and Bradium.
the Friday night races, a concert starring Ozomatli will begin – approximately
10:30 p.m. – at the North Park Lawn.
feature attraction Friday is the $50,000-added Life is Sweet Stakes. Ellafitz
is the 8-5 morning line choice in the race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16
miles over Cushion Track.