02/04/2012 5:58PM

Aqueduct: Calibrachoa repeats feat in Toboggan

Barbara D. Livingston
Calibachoa improves to 4 for 4 over Aqueduct's inner track by taking the Toboggan for the second straight year.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Calibrachoa kept his perfect record over Aqueduct’s inner track intact with a solid 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct.

 It was the fourth win in as many starts over the inner track for Calibrachoa, who also won the Toboggan last year when the purse was $100,000.

Calibrachoa won despite stumbling badly at the start under Cornelio Velasquez. Calibrachoa quickly recovered, however, stalked the speedy Diski Dance through a half-mile run in 46.07 seconds before taking over just outside the eighth pole. Diski Dance, the longest shot on the board at 19-1, held second by three-quarters of a length over Caixa Eletronica. He was followed in the order of finish by Candyman E, Flat Bold, Rule by Night, and Dr Disco. Candyman E was vanned off, apparently lame.

Calibrachoa, a 5-year-old son of Southern Image owned by Mike Repole and trained by Todd Pletcher, covered the six furlongs in 1:09.47, the fastest time of the meet, and returned $2.90 as part of the favored entry with Caixa Eletronica.

Pletcher said he wasn’t too worried by Calibrachoa’s stumble given how quickly the horse recovered and gained an attending position.

“I thought he recovered quickly enough; I was watching the head-on and then when I looked at the pan he was right there,” Pletcher said. “The other horse had a tougher trip down the backside. He got slammed around pretty good but still ran on well.”

Calibrachoa, who hadn’t run finishing third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last Nov. 26, will likely come back in the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool here on March 3, Pletcher said.

 Pletcher said Caixa Eletronica will likely wheel back in the $150,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 20.