11/22/2011 4:29PM

Aqueduct: Pletcher sorting out his holiday weekend runners


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Todd Pletcher appears to be taking the strengths-in-numbers approach to this weekend’s graded stakes at Aqueduct.

Though he is likely to scratch all three of his starters out of Thursday’s Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap, Pletcher is expected to have multiple-horse entries in three of Saturday’s four graded stakes races.

Pletcher said Tuesday he planned to enter both Calibrachoa and Caixa Eletronica in Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Cigar Mile. Those two, along with Driven by Success, were also entered in Thursday’s Fall Highweight at six furlongs.

While Caixa Eletronica is virtually certain to run in the Cigar Mile, Pletcher said he wants to see the final draw for the Cigar Mile before determining what to do with Calibrachoa, who did win the seven-furlong Bold Ruler at Aqueduct by 2 3/4 lengths.

Pletcher said he likes the outside post draw for Calibrachoa in the Fall Highweight but the fact the Cigar Mile could come up a five- or six-horse field plus the fact Calibrachoa is 5 for 5 at Aqueduct – 2 for 2 over the main track and 3 for 3 over the inner – makes that race attractive.

“Our original plan was to run both in the Cigar Mile. We’re leaning slightly that way,’’ Pletcher said Tuesday. “We’ll see how it shakes out.’’

Caixa Eletronica has won three of his last four starts in one-turn mile races, the lone loss being a third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap.

Pletcher has lined up Cornelio Velasquez to ride Calibrachoa in the Cigar Mile. John Velazquez rides Caixa Eletronica.

As of Tuesday, the only other confirmed starters for the Cigar Mile were Haynesfield, Sangaree, and To Honor and Serve. Three horses were supplemented to the field on Sunday, including More Than a Reason, who could help fill out the field.

Pletcher aims trio at Gazelle

Pletcher plans to run three horses – R Gypsy Gold, Savvy Supreme, and Love and Pride – in Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies.

R Gypsy Gold, a daughter of Bernardini, is coming off a two-length victory in the Real Prize Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 27. Savvy Supreme, winner of the Monmouth Oaks, was beaten one-half length as the favorite in the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks on Oct. 16. Love and Pride, third in the Real Prize, did win the Proud Spell Stakes at Saratoga in August.

The undefeated Awesome Feather, last year’s 2-year-old champion filly, heads the prospective Gazelle field. Others likely to run include Bryan’s Jewel, Daring Reality, Draw It, Ima Jersey Girl, Juanita, Miss Valentine, and Purple Cat.

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