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Breeders' Cup 2017

Caleb's Posse On Course for Carter

Caleb's Posse, ridden by jockey Rajiv Maragh and trained by Donnie Von Hemel wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 5, 2011.

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel issued an upbeat bulletin on Friday as Caleb’s Posse continues his preparations for the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap on April 7.


Caleb’s Posse, owned by McNeill Stables and Cheyenne Stables, breezed five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 at Oaklawn Park on Tuesday in what was his second workout since finishing a hard-charging second to Calibrachoa in the March 3 Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap on the inner track.


“It was a nice work,” said Von Hemel. “We’re happy and we’re looking forward to making the trip. It was standard for the way he’s been going over the track. It wasn’t unexpected.”


Von Hemel hasn’t determined whether Caleb’s Posse, winner of the 2011 Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, will have another breeze between now and the seven-furlong Carter.


“I always a have a plan in my head, but I try not to be too stiff about it,” said Von Hemel, who added that Caleb’s Posse on Tuesday will fly from Memphis to Newark before vanning to Aqueduct.


The Carter is expected to attract a select field, with five-time graded stakes winner Calibrachoa, Tom Fool third-place finisher Emcee, Grade 1 Forego victor Jackson Bend, Grade 1 Preakness hero Shackleford, and Tahitian Warrior expected to face Caleb’s Posse.


“It’s a Grade 1 and has a big purse, so it’s supposed to be a tough race,” said Von Hemel. “We’re happy and ready to give them a whirl.”


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Final works for Chad Brown’s trio of Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial Day stakes runners are planned for this weekend, with a final decision on breezes dependent on the weather.


Brown has Street Life, winner of the March 17 Broad Brush overnight stakes at Aqueduct, for the Wood Memorial and is looking at the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes for both Hardened Wildcat and Beggarthyneighbor. The latter duo most recently finished 1-2 respectively in the $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela at Aqueduct on March 10.


“Street Life is supposed to work tomorrow, weather pending,” said Brown’s assistant, Cherie DeVaux. “It’s supposed to rain a little bit tonight and all day tomorrow, so it depends on what they do with the racetrack. If they seal it, we won’t breeze, and we’ll wait until Sunday with all three of them.”


DeVaux said all three horses would work over the Belmont Park training track.


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I believe you are voting for the best horse. In my opinion that would be AK as CP couldn't even get into the races AK comepeted in successfully. Classic horses alway get the nod, if Dr. Fager couldn't get the 1 1/4 mile he would have just been another miler in years where Damascus would have been hailed as "great."
my last comment was a response to larooski. looking at it, it might have been confusing who I was responding to. Sorry
thanks so much. and you are also.
cool. I'm with the people who vote for the Eclipse. They know a few things about horse racing last I checked. Your entitled to your opinion though.
Im with footlick , In a year where no one stepped up Calebs Posse really was consistent and raced from January till November . My opinion is he ways the 3 yo standout.
Animal Kingdom won the Derby. Shackelford won the Preakness. Ruler on Ice won the Belmont. Stay Thirsty won the Travers. None of them beat older horses. Which of these brilliant horses deserve to be Three year old Champ? Just because a horse wins the Derby does not mean he deserved the title. I'm sorry you don't appreciate Caleb's Posse. I don't think he is a great horse, but I thought he had a better season than any of the others. But that is why we all have opinions.
My point was that all G1's aren't equal. If you want your 3yo champ to be a horse that lost the Southwest, Rebel, Arkansas Derby and Indiana Derby go ahead. If you want you 3yo champ to be a 1-turn specialist with distance limits, fine. If you want your 3yo champ to be a 3yo that didn't run in the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell, Travers or BC Classic go right ahead. You and I both know those are the major races for 3yos. Races CP didn't even run in because he had no chance. We all know the big dogs run in the Travers and not the Kings Bishop. They run in the Classic not the Dirt Mile because those races are better. Who gives a crap about the winner of the Dirt Mile? Why do you think horse like Uncle Mo and Hard Spun wanted the Classic instead of the Dirt Mile? Even though they were more suited for the DM? But if that's the type of 3yo champ you want, fine go right ahead. I'm just glad he didn't get the Eclipse.
And when did Caleb's Posse run in the Prioress????
timgsmith10 is right. We had Caleb's Posse who was the most consistent animal in his element, which was around 1 turn. The only other two would be Animal Kingdom who won the Derby and finished second in the Preakness, and Stay Thirsty who won at Aqueduct and Saratoga. Out of the three, I would have voted for Caleb's Posse. Xtra Heat already set the precedent when she was voted top 3 yr old filly of her year and she was a sprinter. The top 3 yr old does not necessarily need to be a Classic winner or a distance horse.
where in the rules does it say best 3 year old who can run 2 minutes? Id agree most years but honestly Calebs P was the best 3 yo in 2011 IMO
strong the whole year? Your not fooling me. The Ky Derby and Prioress are both Grade 1. Does that make them equal? All Grade 1's are not equal. If he was really that good he would have been in the Classic and Derby and all those other races he wasn't good enough for. AK won the $500K Spiral, KY Derby was a good 2nd in the Preakness and ran huge in the Belmont while injured. CP couldn't even muster up enough graded earnings to get into the Derby dispite running in the Southwest, Rebel and Arkansas Derby. CP barely beat Uncle Mo off a huge layoff, but if he was the real deal he would have been in the Travers instead. The Dirt Mile and Classic are both G1 but they aren't equal. Not even close.
Most consistent , strong the whole year. more G1s than any horse and won a breeders cup race? YES HE DID
No he did not get robbed. He couldn't even make the Derby field (God knows they tried). What did he do in the Arkansas Derby, KY Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell, Travers or BC Classic? That's where the real 3yo and BC racing is at.
Calebs posse is awesome!! Got robbed for 3yo
this is good to read, wasn't sure what was happening with Street Life. Haven't seen a work for him since the Broad Brush, unless I missed one.

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