Carried Interest Set for Gulfstream Allowance

Last year's Futurity runner-up at Belmont makes 3-year-old debut for Rick Violette.

Carried Interest showed considerable promise in two starts in New York as a juvenile last summer for trainer Rick Violette and makes his 3-year-old debut in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, Carried Interest won his debut at Belmont Park in early July and finishing second to highly-regarded Overanalyze  in the Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont in his most recent start Sept. 30.

Carried Interest is entered in Gullstream's's third race with Joel Rosario in the saddle. Drawing post 2, he faces five other 3-year-olds in the six-furlong test for non-winners of one event that carries a $54,000 purse.

"He's very talented, but developed sore shins that became chronic," said Violette from Ocala on the morning off Feb. 22. "We kept going (training) for a while but finally just decided to stop on him and give him plenty of time. He's doing well. He's very fast, but there is some other speed in the race. We'll just see how it develops."

Carried Interest is a Kentucky-bred son of Henny Hughes out of the Quiet American mare Missamerica Bertie. The chestnut colt was purchased for $130,000 at the Ocale Breeders' Sales Co. March 2-year-old auction.

Last season was bittersweet for Violette and his stable as he also had another superbly talented 2-year-old prospect in Klaravich Stables and Lawrence's Spurious Precision. The son of High Cotton won both of his starts including the Saratoga Special (gr. II). However, he broke down training in September for the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) and had to be euthanized.

"He was exceptional," Violette said. "It was a real kick in the gut. You just have to go on."

One of Carried Interest's main rivals in Sunday's race will be Rick Shanley's Pro Prospect with Edgar Prado riding for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. Pro Prospect is also by Henny Hughes and was a $52,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase. He ran twice last year at Monmouth Park and also makes his 3-year-old bow here.

Pro Prospect finished third in his debut June 23, a race won by Plesa-trained stablemate Itsmyluckyday , winner of the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). Pro Prospect came back to break his maiden July 29 by four lengths.