Caracaro To Breeze Twice At Saratoga Before Departing For Churchill Downs

Global Thoroughbred and Top Racing’s Caracaro, runner-up in the Grade 3 Peter Pan and Grade 1 Runhappy Travers this summer at the Spa, continues to train and develop in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., ahead of his upcoming start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on September 5 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Gustavo Delgado, the lightly-raced Uncle Mo colt has accumulated 60 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, including 40 for his strong second in the 10-furlong Travers won by Tiz the Law.

Delgado’s son and local assistant Gustavo Delgado, Jr. said acquiring the points for a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in September was paramount.

“The main thing is that we wanted to get the points to get to the Derby and he did that,” said Delgado, Jr. “He’s on the improve. He will tell us how much he can improve over the next few races.”

Caracaro graduated at second asking in a one-mile maiden special weight on January 11 at Gulfstream Park, an impressive six-length score that garnered a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. The colt’s numbers have continued to climb earning a 96 Beyer off a six-month layoff when second to Country Grammer in the nine-furlong Grade 1 Peter Pan and moved forward once more when stretched out to 1 1/4-miles in the Runhappy Travers, where he posted a career-best 101 Beyer.

Delgado, Jr. said Caracaro should continue to move forward and will benefit from stronger breezes ahead of his Derby run.

“We didn’t have as much time between races to train him [for the Travers]. We just had slow breezes,” said Delgado, Jr. “Now, we will have two proper breezes, with one on the 22nd and then one more before we leave.”

Caracaro is slated to ship to Kentucky on August 31 for his final Derby preparations. He will need to make up ground on likely race favorite Tiz the Law, and Delgado, Jr. is cautiously optimistic his colt can continue to find more.

“I watched the aerial replay of the Travers and you can tell that after the wire the horses that kept going were Tiz the Law and Caracaro,” said Delgado, Jr. “We were five lengths behind, but he carried on. He was behind horses for part of the trip and he seemed to accept that and ran well. He wasn’t fighting the kickback.

“Hopefully, that’s a good sign,” added Delgado, Jr. “This is a very nice horse. For me, he must be among the top five 3-year-olds now.”

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