04/02/2012 3:52PM

Aqueduct: Von Hemel looks forward to extra furlong for Caleb's Posse in Carter

Barbara D. Livingston
Caleb's Posse (left) is unable to catch Calibrachoa in the Tom Fool.

Caleb’s Posse appeared to simply run out of ground when beaten a neck by Calibrachoa in last month’s Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at six furlongs over the inner track.

The rematch is set for Saturday in the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter, which will be run at seven furlongs over the outer track. Caleb’s Posse is 2 for 2 at seven furlongs, with one of those victories coming in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga.

“It’s pretty apparent that that’s better for us,” trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Monday from Oaklawn. “The seven-eighths is a good distance for us.”

Caleb’s Posse conceded four pounds to Calibrachoa in the Tom Fool. The same 122-118 pound spread will be in place Saturday. Caleb’s Posse was expected to arrive at Aqueduct on Tuesday after vanning to Memphis and flying to Newark, N.J.

Calibrachoa, who is undefeated over the inner track, is 2 for 3 over the outer track, including a victory in the Bold Ruler last Nov. 5, his only start at seven furlongs. Others pointing to the Carter include Forego winner Jackson Bend (120 pounds), Preakness winner Shackleford (119), and the Godolphin-owned entry of Tahitian Warrior (115) and Emcee (114).