Sharp Saratoga Maiden Winner Calibrate To Be Pointed To Breeders’ Futurity At Keeneland

Following a decisive debut victory on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Calibrate will take things up several notches for his next start likely to take place in the Grade 1, $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the son of Distorted Humor registered an 80 Beyer Speed Figure in the 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight.

“We’ve thought he was capable of it but whether you can duplicate training to the afternoon is a question mark,” said Winchell Thoroughbreds racing and bloodstock manager David Fiske. “He ran professionally and didn’t get a break any time. All in all, it was the effort we hoped for, but you never know until they go in the gate. I think the plan is to wait for the Breeders Futurity at Keeneland and hopefully the Breeders Cup at Keeneland.”

Fiske said winning with a 2-year-old at Saratoga is no easy task.

“We don’t bring a whole lot of 2-year-olds up there. You need to have a specific type of horse,” Fiske said. “My experience in the past is that 2-year-olds can be reluctant to run through the kickback, so you have to have something with gate speed to get them forwardly placed.”

Calibrate did just that utilizing front-running tactics to win by 4 1/2 lengths under Ricardo Santana, Jr.

Calibrate will see two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Futurity and Fiske said based off the horse’ pedigree the added distance be right within his wheelhouse.

“By Distorted Humor out of a Dynaformer mare, he should be able to go two turns,” Fiske said.

Bred in Kentucky by Don Alberto Corporation, Calibrate is out of the unraced mare Glamour and Style and was purchased for $340,000 from last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Fiske said owner Ron Winchell developed an affinity for Calibrate at the yearling sale, where he was consigned by James B. Keogh, mainly based off the consultation of Dr. David Lambert of Equine Analysis Systems.

“He was not one of the standouts at the sale. And to Ron’s credit, I tried to get him to stop bidding at $300,000 as we thought he’d go for $250,000 to $300,000,” Fiske said. “Dr. Lambert has a photographic test. It’s a measuring algorithm that he’s done on thousands of horses. Heart scans, pedigree analysis and other things like that. This horse really had pretty high marks and ones that scored the way Calibrate did were pretty few and far between. I think Ron had it in the back of his mind that we may not get another horse that scored the way he did.”

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