Carrick upsets Analyze It in Arlington's Secretariat Stakes

August 11, 2018 06:20pm
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The Grade 1, $400,000 Secretariat Stakes looked like Analyze It’s chance to shine after getting away from Catholic Boy. Instead, Carrick ran down the favorite at odds of 38-1, grinding down the Arlington turf course Saturday for an upset.

Carrick, trained by Tom Morely, was making only his fourth career start in the Secretariat. The Giant’s Causeway colt started as a debut winner in maiden claiming company in May, picked up a starter allowance victory the following month and finished third in his stakes debut, the Grade 3 Kent, a month ago.

Now, only three months after his first career start, Carrick is a Grade 1 winner.

“We were confident,” owner Jerry Crawford, of Donegal Racing, said in the winner’s circle. “We knew he’d run well, but to beat this field is really extraordinary.”

Going into the Secretariat, a 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds, Analyze It was the American horse to beat. The Chad Brown trainee had finished a close second to Catholic Boy twice, and the only horse that appeared to stand in his way was Hunting Horn. The Royal Ascot winner and European invader had finished third behind Catholic Boy and Analyze It in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational, beaten 1 ¾ lengths.

Hunting Horn and Analyze It sat behind Real Story, who sped through the first quarter in 22.80 before slowing down to 47.27 and 1:11.62. Carrick and jockey John Velazquez were a couple more lengths back in fifth, waiting to chase the favorites.

Real Story weakened when the final turn for home came and Analyze It caught up to Hunting Horn. The two entered the final stretch together, but Carrick was also up for the challenge, going three wide to make his move. Hunting Horn lost his kick, leaving Analyze It on the lead. Carrick would not shake loose though, and the longshot continued to cut away the ground between him and Analyze It, grinding out a neck victory.

The final time was 2:01.04.

“He broke well and going past the wire for the first time he settled really well,” Velazquez said. “By the backstretch I was in a perfect position and I was very happy with the way he was doing things. After that, really, I was just waiting for the stretch run to see how he would respond for me and he responded, and he responded right away.

“I wanted to wait a little longer and not make a premature move, but he handled it very well.”

Analyze It, ridden by Jose Ortiz, had to settle for another close runner-up finish.

“My horse ran good. It might be farther than he wants to go, but he tries,” Ortiz said. “He hasn’t disappointed and he performed really well.

Rounding out the order of finish was Bandua, Platinum Warrior, Captivating Moon, Ming, Untamed Domain, Hunting Horn, Real Story, Sniper Kitten, Dubby Dubbie, Lucius Tiberius and Pont Du Gard.


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