Crafty C. T. only reached the winner's circle two times from seven starts in 2002, but ran a handful of winning races anyway, according to Zucker. In addition to capturing two optional claiming events, the horse placed in four Grade 1s -- the Met Mile, Cigar Mile, Breeders' Cup and Ancient Title Breeders' Cup - and one other non-graded stakes. Zucker is looking forward to some better racing luck in 2003 for the barn's sprinting star."He really faced a tough bunch of horses last year and just couldn't get lucky a lot of the time. In the Breeders' Cup he ran very well to finish third. Second money would have been better, but how can I not be happy with finishing third by a length to the sprint champion?"In the Cigar Mile, he was really moving at the end and I think, had he gone with Congaree early, might have been right there at the wire. But Patrick (Valenzuela) made a decision and thought the pace was too fast, so he took back off and after that, got pushed back behind a wall of horses and never really had a chance. Pat made the decision he thought was best at the time and unfortunately it didn't work out the best for (Crafty C. T.) In the Met Mile (gr. I) he was forced to race so wide. Everyone was coming off the rail and pushing Crafty C. T outward while at the same time letting others through along the rail. Any time you let a good horse like Swept Overboard (the winner of the Met Mile) a clean run like that, you're usually running for second-place money."If all goes well Zucker said Crafty C. T. will be in the starting gate for the March 2 San Carlos (gr. I), which is set at seven furlongs. Though accomplished at three-quarters of a mile, Zucker believes Crafty C. T. to be at his best from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile.
"He's no slouch at six furlongs, but he may be at his best a bit farther. He's definitely the most unlucky of the quality sprinters, but we hope to turn that around this year."