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
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
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.