‘Hurrying Up And Waiting,’ Morrison Hoping Carrera Cat Will Be Ready To Pounce

Trainer John Morrison is keeping his barn in good order led by popular New York-bred stakes winner Carrera Cat, who breezed a bullet half-mile in 47.01 on April 16 on the dirt training track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Owned by Stone Bridge Farm and Very Un Stable, the 5-year-old daughter of Courageous Cat enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019 winning four-of-eight starts including a score in her stakes debut in the Union Avenue in August at Saratoga Race Course.

Morrison said Carrera Cat, bred in the Empire State by W.S. Farish, enjoyed some downtime at Camden Training Center in South Carolina after completing her campaign with an off-the-board effort in the NYSSS Staten Island in November at the Big A.

“She’s back for another campaign. We’re just hurrying up and waiting. Hopefully, we get back to running soon,” said Morrison. “She needed a little break. She’s probably about a month away from being race ready.

“She danced every dance and tailed off a little bit at the end of the year,” continued Morrison. “We gave her some time off in Camden and she’s been back here for about a month now and settled back into her routine.”

Live racing on the NYRA circuit is currently on hold due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but more than 1,300 horses continue to train at Belmont Park.

Morrison said the talented bay, who boasts a record of 16-5-3-2 and purse earnings in excess of $300,000, will be pointed towards New York-bred sprint stakes.

“Everything will have to be revamped and we don’t know yet what the stakes schedule will look like, but the plan would be to follow the filly and mare state-bred stakes schedule,” said Morrison.

Morris said the Union Avenue score by Carrera Cat was a special one for the barn when besting graded-stakes winner Holiday Disguise and stakes winner Jc’s Shooting Star.

“We had targeted that race from her second start off the layoff in May and she came into the race the right way,” said Morrison. “She beat a really good field that day. We were so pleased with her.”

Morrison said he is also looking forward to bringing Stone Bridge Farm homebred The Last Ace back to the races following an impressive 6 ¼-length debut win on February 29 in a 6 ½-furlong state-bred maiden sprint at the Big A.

“He’s the real deal,” said Morrison of the 3-year-old son of Honor Code, who is out of Acey Deucey, who won the Grade 1 Prioress for Morrison in 2005.

Piloted by jockey Kendrick Carmouche on debut, The Last Ace turned away three foes when challenged around the far turn to win handily, while garnering a 77 Beyer for the gate-to-wire score.

Morrison said The Last Ace needed time to develop.

“He was a very immature 2-year-old and he had a lot of developing to do, so we took our time with him,” said Morrison. “It sure looks like it’s paying off now.”

The veteran conditioner said he will continue to allow The Last Ace to grow into himself and mature when live racing resumes.

“Right now, he seems to be versatile,” said Morrison. “We’d like to try and get to an ‘a other than’ and with this break we’ve had, we know all the races will come up pretty tough.

“In his training, he seems to have moved forward off that maiden victory,” continued Morrison. “He’s the reason you get up in the morning. You watch him train and you wish every horse in the barn could be like him.”

Morrison said he intends to have his stable ready to roll when live racing is able to resume in New York.

“We have five in the barn and five more at Camden ready to come up if all goes well,” said Morrison. “When we do start up, we should be hitting the ground running…literally.”

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