11/26/2013 1:07PM

Aqueduct: Caixa Eletronica seeks rare double in Fall Highweight

Barbara D. Livingston
Caixa Eletronica will try to become the fourth horse, and first male, to win consecutive Fall Highweight Handicaps.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – For all of the high-powered, strong-pedigreed horses trainer Todd Pletcher has obtained through the auction ring, a small minority have won as many races or earned as much money as Caixa Eletronica, a horse he acquired via the claim box.

Since owner Mike Repole and Pletcher claimed Caixa Eletronica for $62,500 at Gulfstream Park on March 9, 2011, Caixa Eletronica has won 11 races from 28 starts and earned nearly $1.6 million. Thursday, Caixa Eletronica, who overall has 23 wins from 68 starts, seeks to add to those totals while aiming for a bit of history when he runs in the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct.

The Fall Highweight, being run for the 100th time, highlights a nine-race Thanksgiving Day card with a first post of 11:25 a.m. and a last post of 3:10 p.m.

Caixa Eletronica will seek to join an elite list of repeat winners in the Fall Highweight that includes only the mares Ta Wee (1969-70), Honorable Miss (1975-76), and What a Summer (1977-1978). Back then, the race was run at Belmont Park in August.

Also, Caixa Eletronica attempts to join Punch Line (1998) as the only 8-year-olds to win this six-furlong race.

“It’s been a remarkable claim for us,” Pletcher said. “Mike Repole and I talk about it all the time; it’s cool to have a horse like him who runs in big races and there’s absolutely no pressure. Everything that he does is a bonus.

“We’re not managing a stud career, there’s no huge swings in his value if he wins or loses, it’s just all fun,” Pletcher added. “To have a horse like him that came from modest background that we were able to claim and win some big races with him it’s been a lot of fun.”

Last year, Caixa Eletronica, under 133 pounds, ran six furlongs in 1:08.69. Only three horses have been confirmed to have run faster in the Fall Highweight. Thursday, Caixa Eletronica will carry 132 pounds under Javier Castellano.

“He’s all racehorse and he loves the game and he’s had success carrying weight in the past, so I think the Fall Highweight fits him well,” Pletcher said.

Strapping Groom, winner of the Grade 1 Forego in the slop at Saratoga, is the starting highweight at 135 pounds. Trainer David Jacobson said Strapping Groom has been battling a bruised foot, but said Tuesday “if the race was today he’d be a go.”

Heavy rain was forecast Tuesday into Wednesday and depending how much fell – and if Wednesday’s card was run – could determine how wet the track might be Thursday.

Strapping Groom won the Forego in the slop. Caixa Eletronica is a two-time winner over wet surfaces.

Strapping Groom is one of two confirmed speed horses in the field. B Shanny is the other. B Shanny is coupled with The Lumber Guy, who has yet to win since taking the Grade 1 Vosburgh over a good Belmont track in October 2012. Mike Hushion trains both for Barry Schwartz.

Palace, claimed for $20,000, is in the best form of his career, but takes on graded company for the first time. Sage Valley has won a pair of Grade 3 sprints this year. Saturday’s Charm, third in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler, has a win and a second over Aqueduct’s main track.

Cyclops More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow Accuweather forecasts 19mph winds with 40 mph gusts. This is much worse than today. I say cancel again. Who cares they have the Casino. Yonkers is the same way. Casino #1, racing who cares.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
I couldn't concentrate on your comment when I seen your blog picture. BEAUTIFUL !!
Cyclops More than 1 year ago
Thank you. It takes a lot of work in the morning.
tim More than 1 year ago
Probably be cancelled! They should tell us when racing is back on. Now that would be an announcement
nick More than 1 year ago
Its nice to see a claimer move up like this horse has. I have claimed a few good ones myself but none as good as this. Visit web site Dental Discount Network for good dental deals
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Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
scram, no one is interested
kc m More than 1 year ago
back when the fall highweight handicap was the most important race for sprinters, tiny ta wee won it back to back. as a 3 yo, she won over the boys carrying 130 lbs; as a 4 yo she won as the highweight in the race carrying 142 lbs, spotting some of her rival 30 lbs. her times still rank up there with some of the fastest ever run in the race...she followed her 3yo win by winning the vosburgh, from 1967-1969, she and her brother owned the vosburgh...again, her times in the vosburgh still rank up there with the fastest times in the race ever; and her brother still holds the record for the fastest time in the race...dr. fager
Jock More than 1 year ago
I love your comment as I was a big follower of both Ta Wee and her brother. I was training horses at that time myself and I thought they were the fastest horses at that time. Dr. Fager broke the track record for a mile at Arlington Park and I was at the track when Ta Wee won caring 142 lbs. against the boys.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The Highweight here - and a lightweight at Churchill. You'll find him in the one post.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Cali "racing" is a joke - make that a huge joke. Game on Dude at 126 will carry less than ANY horse in the Fall Highweight.
tim More than 1 year ago
Hard knocker. Game old campaigner. Blue collar, lunch pail kind of horse. A real throwback to the days of Medical Pro and Catching Air who would face each other 2-3 times per month.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
All RACE-HORSE a gift to racing and a true pro. Don't know if he still has the speed to stay with these but if he gets close HE"LL WIN
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
I love this racehorse too. He gives you his all every time he steps into the starting gate. He's fast, game, consistent, and durable, what more can you ask for in a racehorse ? I've cashed a few tickets on the venerable old dude. And , yes I agree, I would breed to him and hope to get an honest , hard knocker, just like his dad .
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Thanks DRF for a free article. At least its about a horse I like
tim More than 1 year ago
They must have forgotten to tag this as drf plus. Mistake.
Rachel More than 1 year ago
Shhh, dont remind them
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
It's the only headline story that's free.
nick More than 1 year ago
I could be wrong, but I think that they charge for the articles that give you handicapping information, and the equine interest stories like this one are mostly free.
Rachel More than 1 year ago
We need horses like him at stud, not these run a year and then quit due to injury types. Pletcher is a fool not to take advantage of it.