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Breeders Cup 2015

Machowsky Hasn't Given Up on Caracortado

Caracortado captures the 2010 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita

It’s been almost a year since Caracortado won the Daytona Stakes with a scintillating last-to-first victory that had racing experts mentioning his burst in the same breath as those of a Thoroughbred of yesteryear whose stretch rallies made him a household name, Silky Sullivan.

Caracortado hasn’t raced since. The California-bred gelding who turns six on New Year’s Day came out of the Daytona on Jan. 8, 2012 with an injury to the frog on his front foot. He did resume breezing on occasion, but one false start after another kept him from getting back to the races.

Mike Machowsky hasn’t given up on the rags-to-riches son of Cat Dreams, owned by Steve Altman (AJL Productions), Don Blahut, Tom Kagele and Machowsky, who races as Lo Hi Stable.

“He’s doing fine,” the trainer said of Caracortado, who rallied from 13 lengths back at the half-mile marker in the about 6 ½ furlong Daytona to win by a length and a quarter under Rafael Bejarano.

“The horse is galloping, but there are no plans for him right now,” Machowsky said. “We had to let the frog grow back in. When he breezes again depends on the weather.

“Every time the track gets muddy, I tack-walk him instead of train him. That’s probably what created the problem before.”

Meanwhile, Caracortado (scar face in Spanish) rests on his laurels, which were quite extensive before he was sidelined. After an inauspicious $40,000 maiden claiming win in his debut, at Fairplex Park on Sept. 24, 2009, he reeled off four more consecutive victories, including the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in February of 2010.

In 19 career starts, he has nine wins, two seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $864,105. Meanwhile, the racing world will stay tuned.



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Older Comments about Machowsky Hasn't Given Up on Caracortado...

I've been continually checking out Caracortado's Equibase page to see if he has been working out.. He hasnt been except for a couple of days last summer so I was delighted to read this as Caracortado has been one of my favorites since he was 2. I canmot tell you how many times I've watched his Daytona....AMAZING!
He looked like he was shot out of a rocket launcher in the Daytona.
I was wondering why no workouts had been posted. That Daytona was so fun. Especially hearing the call--I was saying something like, "No, he's starting to RUN."

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