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Pletcher Pair on the Improve

Caixa Eletronica and Christmas for Liam, who appear to be hitting their best stride at the respective ages of 6 and 4, are expected to represent the Todd Pletcher barn in next Saturday’s Westchester.


Caixa Eletronica kept strong company this winter at Gulfstream Park, defeating eventual Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap winner and Pletcher trainee Mission Impazible in a January 23 optional claimer and finishing third in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship on February 12. Those performances inspired Pletcher to claim Caixa Eletronica on behalf of Mike Repole for $62,500 out a March 9 Gulfstream optional claimer, a race he’d go on to win by a neck.


“Caixa Eletronica is a horse who caught my eye when he beat Mission Impazible in allowance race at Gulfstream, and he came back to finish second in the Mineshaft Handicap and win the New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds,” said Pletcher. “We knew what kind of horse Caixa Eletronica was: a consistent horse who was worth the money.”


The son of Arromanches will attempt to emulate stablemate Calibrachoa, who took the Grade 3 Toboggan and Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap after being claimed for $40,000 by Pletcher and Repole.


Like Caixa Eletronica, Christmas for Liam exits an optional claiming victory at Gulfstream, having drawn off to win by 7 ¼ lengths on April 3. He has made one other start this year, taking an entry-level allowance by 3 ½ lengths on February 27.


“Christmas for Liam is a big horse, and early on we felt like he’d improve as he got older,” said Pletcher, who conditions the homebred for the Estate of Edward P. Evans. “He has matured physically and he has matured mentally, and his two allowance races this year have been impressive. He’s the complete package as he is a horse who can carry his speed over a distance of ground. Everything he has done in those allowance races has indicated that he’s ready to run in a graded stakes.”





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