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
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
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.