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Six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will always have
a soft spot for Caixa Eletronica, a former claimer turned graded stakes
winner that was lost in freak training accident this winter at the age
Gulfstream Park, where Pletcher is on his way to an
unprecedented 11th consecutive training title, will run the $75,000 Caixa
Eletronica overnight stakes for older sprinters on Sunday.
“It’s cool. He certainly deserves it,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully,
it’s a race that sticks around for a while, because he’s worthy of
having a race named after him.”
Pletcher remembered Caixa Eletronica in his remarks when accepting
the Eclipse Award at the Jan. 18 ceremony, held for the second straight
year in the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream.
“To me, Caixa Eletronica personified everything that was terrific
about this game,” Pletcher said. “You can take a horse from a very
modest beginning, modest breeding, and compete at the highest level.
We’ll certainly miss him. He’s an all-time
Pletcher claimed Caixa Eletronica for $62,500 at Gulfstream Park on
March 9, 2011 on behalf of owner Mike Repole. The gelded son of
Arromanches won 11 of 29 races and purses of $1,601,800 for his new
connections, taking seven stakes, including the Fall Highweight (G3),
True North (G2) and Charles Town Classic (G2) in 2012 and Westchester
(G3) in 2011.
Overall, Caixa Eletronica won 23 races and nearly $1.9 million in
purses from 69 starts. He raced 13 times at Gulfstream with a record of
3-4-2, running sixth in the Hal’s Hope (G3) and third in the Gulfstream
Park Sprint Championship (G2) in 2011 before being claimed.
“I’m not [running] and I wish I was. We nominated a few just hoping,
but it didn’t work out,” Pletcher said. “When Mike Repole saw the race
he was like, ‘Man, I wish we had something to run in there,’ but we just