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Carried Interest Targets Saratoga Special

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Carried Interest, trained by Rick Violette for Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, made an impressive debut last month at Belmont, earning a 90 Beyer Speed Figure in a five-furlong race that he won by a half-length and will make his next start in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on August 12, the trainer said.


“He’s doing great,” said Violette of the Henny Hughes colt. “He ran very fast, it looks like he beat some very nice horses in the race, and all systems are go.” 


Though Carried Interest led for most of that race, Violette thinks he can vary his racing style. 


“The added distance [of the 6 ½-furlong Saratoga Special] is significant, but he doesn’t have to be a rocket,” said Violette. “I think he could certainly stalk or lay off the pace, but he’s obviously fast enough to take over if they let us do that.” 


As well as Carried Interest raced last month, Violette thinks he’ll be even better next time.


“I do think there’s room for improvement,” he said. “He’s shown quite a bit of talent, he’s gotten dirt in his face, he’s done everything well. He’s got a great brain.”


Last year’s winner of the De La Rose, Trix in the City, will make her third start off a layoff on Saturday when she tries to repeat her 2011 performance in the race, stretching back out to a mile after two sprint races in which she finished second and third. The 6-year-old daughter of Friends Lake will race without blinkers for the first time in several years.


“She can be a nightmare in the paddock,” said Violette, “which she was in her last start. She should have run better than that.”


The lack of blinkers, he said, means that Trix in the City will likely not be on the lead; she set the pace in her two most recent victories. 


Trix in the City, owned by Patsy C. Symons, was off from October of last year until February; another three-month break followed a race at Gulfstream in which the mare was eased.


“There was nothing serious wrong with her, just nuisance stuff you couldn’t go forward with,” Violette said.


“It’d be nice to win this race again and she’s doing good, but it’s certainly not a lay-up.”



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