Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica square off

August 30, 2013 04:19pm
Saginaw 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese
There’s race riding, Angel Cordero, Jr. was famous for it, and then there is race writing. In what was clearly a case of the latter, Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica both qualified for a starter-allowance, optional claiming race thanks to having started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2011-2013. Under the conditions of the race, Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica were both assigned 130 lbs and will spot the other seven entrants 14 lbs.
The pair has only met one previous time, and that was over a year ago in the G1 Metropolitan Mile Handicap. Neither came away a winner that day, however, as the tough as nails Shackleford shot straight to the lead and refused to back down even when Caleb’s Posse rocketed down the center of the track to just miss by a nose at the wire. Caixa Eletronica finished 4th, and Saginaw finished 6th and last.
Since that race, the duo have combined to race 25 times, winning 15 times, placing twice, and running third once. The routes they have taken, however, have been vastly different. Caixa Eletronica finished out his 2012 season racing exclusively in graded stakes company. He rebounded smartly next out to win the G2 True North Handicap but didn’t win again until taking down the G3 Fall Highweight Handicap in his season finale. The Arromanches gelding began his 2013 season with an overnight stakes win, but after throwing in two disappointing efforts in graded stakes company, trainer Todd Pletcher dropped him back down in class. The “Cash Machine” responded with two wins in two starter events before most recently running 5th to Justin Phillip in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes.
Conversely, Saginaw has run almost exclusively in overnight stakes and has only recorded two defeats in the interim. Trainer David Jacobson and owners Drawing Away Stables obviously have figured out the key to success with the popular gelding. Since being claimed by DAS on March 8 of last year, Saginaw has gone 17: 14-1-1, with his only off the board placing in last year’s Met Mile. He has obviously been a win machine and that is at least thanks in part to smart management.
You can imagine that at this level, it had to have been pretty difficult to find opponents to enter the starting gate with the two seasoned, accomplished veterans, but racing secretary P.J. Campo’s race writing creativity paid off. Thanks to being spotted 14 lbs, 7 other colts and geldings have been entered to tango with Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica, including Private Tale. Also set to give the “Cash Machine” and the “Win Machine” a run for their money are Maui Mark, Tummel, Kingsford Drive, Bernie the Maestro, Where’s Danny, and Metaurus.
Back in May, Saginaw just barely nosed out the plucky Private Tale while toting the same impost. Caixa Eletronica has previously won carrying 133 lbs. In a testament of true sportsmanship, Jacobson said that he didn’t mind the impost so long as he was at equal weights with the other horse and that he always hoped to be the highweight because it meant that he has a horse that’s been doing really well. Let that be a lesson in sportsmanship to all the trainers of successful stakes winners that have complained or opted to skip a particular race due to weights. 


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Older Comments about Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica square off...

I'm really looking forward to watching this race.
SaginAWESOME baby!
I ❤ Saginaw❤ He's Di King Of New York To Me! Heart Of Steel...
Great matchup! Two grandpa's dueling it out. 7yr old vs 8 yr old proven veterans. Good to see these two horses still putting gutsy efforst each time out. GL to both!
I have come to appreciate the conerted effort Caixa puts put each time but his style is such that it almost beats him before he starts being so far out of it.
Now this is a match-up that has my attention ... In many ways, this is what racing is all about!

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