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They don’t build them like Caixa Eletronica anymore

Caixa Eletronica 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire


Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out several runners in with a chance in graded stakes this coming holiday weekend at Aqueduct. Of them, probably the two most well known could not be any more different. In the Cigar Mile, he has Verrazano, among others, going after the big prize. Well intended since the beginning, Saturday’s test will be the final career start for the three-year-old multiple graded stakes winner, who is a one season and done performer. On the other end of the spectrum, Pletcher will also be running Repole Stable’s Caixa Eletronica in Thursday’s Grade 3 Fall Highweight, and this one is anything but a one season and done type.

When Caixa Eletronica rolled by Star Harbour in the stretch, and then had enough in reserve to keep the late charge of Praetereo at bay by a half-length in his most recent start, it represented the 23rd trip to the winner’s circle for the eight-year-old son of Arromanches. The victory in Belmont Park’s $100,000 Duck Dance Stakes was as popular a one for his many fans as it was for his connections. Now 23-for-68 lifetime, Caixa Eletronica has not only amassed career earnings of $1,848,505, but he has also collected quite the loyal fan base, who enjoy seeing the non-gelded runner still getting it done after all these years. Count his trainer among his numerous admirers.

"The cool thing about him is he's kind of a no-pressure horse; we feel as if everything he does is a bonus," said Pletcher. "He's still doing well after winning 23 races and he seems to love what he's doing."

It’s been nearly three years since Pletcher and owner, Mike Repole, snatched up the then six-year-old for a $62,500 claiming tag. Since, Caixa Eletronica has been as reliable as they come, compiling a record of 11-5-4 from 28 starts, while adding more than $1.5 million to his career earnings. Among his many wins for Repole and Pletcher, include a smart score in last year’s Fall Highweight. Taking the historic race by four lengths while toting 133 pounds, it was one of his best performances. If he is to repeat on Thursday, it will be at the expense of an even stronger field.

As the 7-2 third choice on the morning line, Caixa Eletronica will break from post position 2, and will have leading rider Javier Castellano in the saddle once again. Among the salty group lining up to stop his second straight win in the Fall Highweight, include Grade 1 Forego winner Strapping Groom. He finished fourth last time in the Bold Ruler, but has already accounted for three stakes since being claimed by Drawing Away Stable in May. Kentucky Derby winning rider, Joel Rosario, will ride Sage Valley, who has a pair of graded stakes win this year, including Saratoga’s James Marvin. Trainer Mike Hushion sends out a pair, in the speedy New York-bred, B Shanny, and last year’s Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up, The Lumber Guy. And Linda Rice has entered the streaking New York-bred, Palace, who comes off two straight stakes wins.

It’s a solid field, but no one should come away surprised if Caixa Eletronica does it again, because that is what he does.

"In a lot of these cases, when you're running horses in significant races there's a lot on the line in terms of their stud value, or their residual value and all those things," said Pletcher. "In his case, we can enjoy it and that makes it kind of fun and pressure-free."

Caixa Eletronica may not have the breeding value of a Verrazano, or hosts of others for that matter, but for many that will be watching his 69th lifetime start on Thursday, he has a whole lot more. Just ask his legions of fans.



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WHat the heck happened Fourth place?
Can't go against Strapping Groom.
Caixa, Strapping Groom, Sage Valley, Palace.
Sullivan,speaking of Ricl Porter.look at Parx race 6.They look to have a nice firster in Tiffany.
Sullivan,spending is irrelevant and relative.It is only important to those who attend the sales ,that do not have the big stacks.I can speak from experience.At the sales,after we identified the hips we were interested,we set a value on each one.As the bidding goes on and the value has been reached(say $200K for arguments sake) In the mind set to those who have the funds.It no longer becomes the value set.It is all about how much do you want the horse.It becomes a game of chicken to some. Now you hear a competittor bid $25 K. Are you now prepared to lose the horse you love for a mere $25K. then so on and so on. That is why you sometimes have these extraordinary bids on horses. All you need is 2 parties to fall in love with the horse. Believe me,when the bidding stops.More than likely sanity set in rather than these guys running out of money. Many have Monopoly money when bidding.
They only spend money on the good ones and they don't put more in yhan yhey can expect to get out. Why you might spend $600k+ or more, I know.not
Amino,in my opinion.Rick Porter and his group of advisors are probably the smartest and shrewdest racing operation in the U.S.A . These guys either through breeding or purchasing at the sales.They always come up with the stars,does not hurt to have their bankroll.But i have seen many squander bankrolls before.
Fun fact >> Rick Porter’s 1st choice as a name for this year’s Derby colt was Arromanches {the French town where the D-Day artificial harbor was built}, but he had to settle for Normandy Invasion.
There is a reason for that Shores.Called justfiable skepticism.x
Also, Arromanches's last stud fee before he died was $750. That's... wow. It's amazing that all of Caixa's success didn't raise his stud fee at all.
I mean, he'd get any mare he wants from me.... I've also seen him run in person eight times, and boy is he fun to watch. What a good old horse he is. Tries so hard every time, too.
Spooky Mulder another great old runner
lots of old claimers in NY were great as geriatrics: Creme de la Fete and others
many standardbreds garner their fastest miles after 8 years old
Musketier was just an example. I couldn't think of another horse off the top of my head winning graded stakes at 10. 4-5 times is wrong on my part. His average a year was slightly higher. Plus running on turf probably a touch easier on the legs.
Amino- They only accept Bit coins.
Dr.fager record mile, shared with Najan?..lol. Najan carried 112 the doctor 139..lol. What i was really trying to say about Musketier, was more about how Roger treated him. Knowing he was a Veteran runner, he would race him 4-5 times and spread those out thoorugh out the year. He is easy on his horses, and wants them retired sound. Simmard is another. But I completely understand that no horse is more important then another, and all their safety is of the upmost concern. I agree 1000%. Saginaw was run 13 times last year at age 6,10 starts at 5 and 7 this year until he broke down at age 7. 30 starts in 3 years.
Every horse and jockey in every race need the benefit of a safe trip. Caixa's sire, Arromanches, managed to run 78 times over an eight year period and retired sound as far as I know. Hopefully that sturdiness exists in Caixa as well. As AndyScoggin said above, you have to love this horse.
Musketier now standing for a *private* fee.

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