10/06/2013 6:40PM

Belmont Park: Caixa Eletronica wins for 23rd time in Duck Dance

Barbara D. Livingston
Caixa Eletronica (right) shows he's still got it at 8, holding off Praetereo to win the Duck Dance Stakes on Sunday.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The 8-year-old Caixa Eletronica won the 23rd race of his career Sunday at Belmont Park when he rallied past pace-setting Star Harbour in the stretch and held off a late run from Praetereo to win the $100,000 Duck Dance Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

“He keeps amazing us you know,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains Caixa Eletronica for Mike Repole. “Twenty-three times in the winner’s circle. He’s a pretty special horse.”

Under Javier Castellano, Caixa Eletronica benefitted from a fast pace in which Star Harbour went the opening half-mile in 44.53 seconds.

Caixa Eletronica made a four-wide move at the five-sixteenths pole, went by Star Harbour inside the eighth pole, and had enough to hold off Praetereo, who was running back eight days after finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Kelso Invitational.

Caixa Eletronica, an 8-year-old son of Arromanches, is now 23 for 68 lifetime and pushed his career earnings to $1,848,505.

Pletcher did not have a next race picked out for Caixa Eletronica. Belmont hosts the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap here on Oct. 26.