Gaston and Anthony Grant's veteran performer Green Gratto broke through for his first top-level score in his 53rd career start, holding off 4-5 favorite Unified at the wire to pull the upset in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1).
- Bay Colt
- Born 2011
Green Gratto will be making his 52nd lifetime start when he faces seven opponents in the Tom Fool Handicap, in which he will carry high weight of 119 pounds. Chief Lion is a threat to compromise Green Gratto on the front end.
Salutos Amigos and Calculator, who both spent the winter in California but didn't meet up out there, will hook up back in New York as two late runners who should benefit from a hot early pace in the Carter.
Sassicaia and jockey John Bisono courageously split horses in deep stretch to register a victory in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Kid Cruz, a four-length winner of the Private Terms Stakes, takes a step toward a possible Preakness (gr. I) start as the 120-pound highweight in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
With a bullish juvenile sale market on the move, Fasig-Tipton enters its annual Florida sale of select 2-year-olds in training March 24 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
|Trainer||Rudy R. Rodriguez|
|Jockey||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|Owner||Robert V. LaPenta|
|Sassicaia View Five-Cross Pedigree||Bernardini||A.P. Indy|
|Candace in Aspen|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||$250,000|
|Two-year-old||Steven W. Young, agent||Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent||$1,600,000|