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.”