Under consideration for the Jim Dandy is Tech Fall, who in his first stakes appearance finished fourth, beaten four lengths, in the Dwyer.
“Being by Birdstone, he wants to go forever,” said
co-owner Mike Caruso. “I spoke with [trainer] Tony Dutrow this morning,
and he said the horse came out of the race great, and he’s looking at
the Jim Dandy.”
The colt’s unusual name is actually a wrestling term,
which is not surprising considering that Dutrow’s three school-age sons
wrestle, and Caruso, a three-time NCAA wrestling champion, is a member
of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and my father used to
take me to Monmouth Park once a year,” said Caruso. “I bought a part of
a horse years ago, and it gets in your blood. This Friday will be the
40th anniversary of my first business, and during those years, going to
see the horses was a way to ‘get away’ for my late wife and myself. It
was our vacation.”
Among the horses Caruso has been involved with are Stadivisnky, who won last year’s Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park.
“For him to win the Jaipur and compete in the Breeders’ Cup [13th in the Turf Sprint] was a big thrill,” said Caruso.