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Breeders Cup 2015

Craving Carats Ready for With Anticipation

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Donegal Racing’s Craving Carats breezed five furlongs in 1:00.95 this morning on the main track in preparation for his next engagement, Thursday’s Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation.


The 1 1/16-mile grass race for 2-year-olds became a target for the Dale Romans-trained son of Street Sense after he scored a gate-to-wire turf maiden win August 4 at the Spa. In that race, he beat nine other horses, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.96.


Craving Carats is a seasoned runner, with four races under his belt. Romans said he doesn’t believe the colt needs the lead to win.


“I don’t think so; he was just the fastest in that race,” Romans said. “I won’t be surprised if he sat off the pace [in the With Anticipation]. I love Street Sense. I think he’s going to be a serious sire. I have three of them, and they all seem to have quality to me.”


Craving Carats made his first two starts sprinting on dirt, stretched out to seven furlongs for his initial turf start and then scored in his first time going two turns.


“He’s such an easy-moving horse,” Romans said.


Romans also said that Preakness and Metropolitan Handicap winner Shackleford is on course for his run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego, a major seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, on September 1 at the Spa.


Shackleford will work an easy half-mile Sunday morning for the race, said Romans, who is blotting out the eighth-place finish in the mud his colt turned in last out in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on August 5.


“I’m just saying it was the mud and keep pushing forward,” Romans said.




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