At this time last year,
Homewrecker Racing’s Custom for Carlos had won the Grade 3 Mr.
Prospector at Gulfstream Park and was pointing for Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Toboggan
Stakes on the Gotham Day undercard, a race in which he yielded a neck decision
to Wall Street Wonder.
This year, the Grade 3 Tom Fool
has replaced the Toboggan on Gotham Day, and while Custom for Carlos again
exits the Mr. Prospector stakes, this year he was beaten four lengths by sprint
champion Big Drama while earning a 109 Beyer Speed Figure to the winner’s
“He’s always been a quality
horse,” said trainer Eddie Kenneally. “He was coming off a huge layoff in the
Mr. Prospector, but we expected a good race from him because he was training
really well and he came up to the race really sharp.”
Custom for Carlos injured a hoof
in his stall the night before a planned run in last year’s Grade 2 True North
Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, and was forced to scratch. The 5-year-old son
of More Than Ready has been a regular on the worktab at Palm Meadows since
early November and recorded three bullet works leading up to the January 15 Mr.
“He came back [from the layoff] as
good or even better than you might expect from a horse of his caliber,” said
Kenneally. “He’s been doing really well since that race and he has the
advantage of having a race over the inner track last year. Even though he
didn’t win, he ran a big, big race.”
Kenneally said Custom for Carlos
would breeze five furlongs at Palm Meadows on Saturday before shipping to New
York on Wednesday.