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I've seen all of his races and they were all very impressive ... He pretty much just blew away American Lion and Tiz Chrome Saturday ... and people seem to consider them Kentucky Derby contenders.
He's now 5 and 0 ...
Caracortado broke his maiden in a $ 19,000 Maiden Claiming at Fairplex and just won the Robert B. Lewis ... (Ergo ... A GREAT rags to riches story)
He wins EVERY race for fun and they've all been by 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 lengths ... (They obviously plan it that way ... Much like they run Zenyatta to win by the same margin)
Am I the only one who thinks he a legimate Kentucky Derby contender???
I'm a HUGE supporter of Lookin' At Lucky, but I think Caracortado will give Lookin' At Lucky all he can handle and maybe more in the San Felipe on March 13th.
Thoughts on him by some of the rest of the Forum?
If you haven't seen ALL of his races, I'd highly recommend viewing them.
Oh ... And by the way ... I'll finally be HOME in SoCal just in time to see that race and Zenyatta's ...
For me its tough evaluating 3yo's this time of the year, but supposedly Speed Figs & Graded Stakes are supposed to help you thru this process.
I say Caracortado has jumped into the Top 3 in So Cal for now with his Win this past weekend. now back to Speed Figs (notice I didnt say Beyers) & Graded Stakes. Like it or not G1 & G2 Stakes take precedence over G3 & Non-Graded Stakes. So if a horse Wins a Non-Graded Stakes with a decent speed fig then it cant be compared the same as a Win in G1 or G2 race with the same or close to the same speed fig.
Now if a horse Wins a G3 or Non-Graded stakes with a top speed fig then imho you can compare that victory to a G1 or G2 victory ala Smarty Jones when he won the Southwest Stakes with a top speed fig when that race was not even a G3 stakes.
My order of horses right as we speak & this is partially due to the scratch of the G3 Southwest stakes today are as follows & why.
1) LookinatLucky- Won & Placed in two synthetic G1's, but his next race should be on dirt, he's a son of Smart Strike so transfer to dirt should be positive.
2) Caracortado, Won G2 on synthetic, undefeated on synthetic. Can he transfer form to dirt?
3) JacksonBend, Won several stakes @ 2yo @ Calder, Placed in G3 with nice speed fig.
4) Rule, Won G3 on bull ring track, then Won G2 @ Tampa, competition still suspect as few Ky-Derby winners have ever raced @ Tampa, but he seems a good runner to include in your Tri & Super bets.
5) This slot is reserved for an unknown who hasnt jumped out yet, likely to come out of Fairgrounds or Oaklawn, we'll know by next Sunday.
Some of us have been following him for awhile..
It's a rare horse that can press a fast pace, sprinting in 1:09.. that can also sit back - without pulling - and let the jockey guide him around two turns on a moderate or slow pace. Racing is all about containing and dispersing energy.. and if the horse does it right, like Caracortado does, his potential can often be realized. Affirmed had those same qualities. He could press a sprinters pace if need be.. (like when he sprinted around the track with Syncopate) or he could relax off the pace. Always, he was within himself, never pulling, never causing problems for himself.
Caracortado may never be in that class, but he has all the tools.. I'm a fan
Not advocating it as I believe you stick with what works & don't make a change just to make a change, but I wonder if Atkinson will retain the mount once the whispering in Machowsky's ear gets louder as it becomes closer to Derby time ?
Last edited by Syncopate on Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride-
& If dirt were dollars we'd all be in the black
Carocortado is a nice ,professional horse. However,he beat next to nothing saturday. Not his fault ,though. Always interested in seeing how horses who pass readily on synthetics, fare on dirt(some,like stardom bound,cant).
Next to nothing? Tiz Chrome and American Lion aren't exactly chopped liver..
True, but both horses needed a race and I would also venture to guess that both trainers had no intention whatsoever of using up their horse to win (Harty even went so far to say that exact thing on live TV - and we know trainers never lie).
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