03/20/2013 5:05PM

Aqueduct: Discreet Dancer to run in Grade 1 Carter

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Kenny Martin
Grade 2 winner Discreet Dancer will seek his first Grade 1 win in the Carter on April 6.

Discreet Dancer, the authoritative winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 9, will attempt to become a Grade 1 winner when he runs in the $400,000 Carter Handicap here April 6, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday.

Discreet Dancer is one of three horses Pletcher is scheduled to run in stakes on the April 6 card here. Verrazano is slated for the $1 million Wood Memorial, while Princess of Sylmar will go in the $250,000 Gazelle.

Discreet Dancer is 4 for 5 lifetime, with his only loss coming in the Fountain of Youth last year in his only start around two turns. The Carter is run at seven furlongs.

“Not one hundred percent sure what his best distance will turn out to be,” Pletcher said Wednesday in a rare March appearance at Belmont Park. “Considering the options, seven-eighths is a good spot to try. If he were to run well, that could set him up for the Met Mile.”

Others expected for the Carter include Fort Loudon and Comma to the Top.

HonDr Vin More than 1 year ago
verrazano=Eskendereya
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Fortunately for Pletcher he took his time with The Dancer! He needed to mature. They brought him along too fast last spring. Much too fast! Now he's inherited the lead in the eastern sprint division. He's absolutely no match for Fort Larned at a distance. FL is a monster, and we'll forgive him for stumbling last out...