Race of the Week 2017

Forgotten Caracortado Healthy Again

Come January, it will be two years since Caracortado ran his last race. A persistent problem with the frog in his right front foot forced the California-bred gelding to the sidelines following a win in the Grade III Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita in spectacular come-from-behind fashion on Jan. 8, 2012.

The ailment finally resolved, Caracortado is scheduled to work in company Friday morning at Santa Anita, after which trainer and part owner Mike Machowsky plans to start the son of Cat Dreams in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on opening day next Friday.

The frog is an integral part of a horse’s hoof located on the underside. It acts as a shock absorber for the foot and facilitates circulation when it makes impact with the ground.

Machowsky’s major goal for the 6-year-old chestnut gelding is the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over the same course as the Eddie D. on Nov. 2.

“He had lost that whole frog and it took a lot of time to strengthen and grow out properly,” Machowsky said. “It’s never to going to look perfect. There’s always going to be a little deformity to it because of the way it’s grown back.

“But we’ve been able to string together works and it’s looking good now.”

Caracortado has nine wins, two seconds and three thirds from 19 starts, with earnings of $864,105. The rags-to-riches gelding broke his maiden in his first start, winning a $40,000 maiden claiming race at Fairplex Park on Sept. 24, 2009.

As a 3-year-old in 2010, he won the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, was fourth in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, missed by a head in the Grade I Kilroe Mile on turf as a 4-year-old, and won the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on grass at 4 and the Daytona at 5 before his extended sabbatical.

 

 

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I know there will be a lot of happy fans when he returns.

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