10/06/2013 7:40PM

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

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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.

Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
This is an example of a RACEHORSE All the respect and love in the world for these type of horses The stars of this great sport
Kimberly Shugars More than 1 year ago
I love this horse, he just keeps on getting it.. His name translated means Cash Machine. In responce to the comment about Pletcher being his trainer, i think the horses saving grace was Pletcher didnt get a chance to ruin him as a 2 or 3 yr old because he was claimed by Repole as a 6 yr old in 2011. Agree with whoever said we need to breed to horses like this. Hope Repole gets him a sweet stud deal when he retires.
Mad Vaper More than 1 year ago
I love Caixa....have cashed a bunch with him but also lost a bunch. He needs the perfect set up. They should consider the BC sprint....when they go 43:3 he'll start winding up...lol. Yeah I know he's lost a step but he still steps up and surprises
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
The old guy was swimming the last 16th.
Don Martello More than 1 year ago
Mike Repole will do the right thing with this horse when the times comes.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Sure hope so...
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Owners should do the right thing with EACH horse...not just the winners...remember that.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Never forget the Immortal John Henry won Horse of The Year @ 9...ty...
Hail No More than 1 year ago
6 years ago today, Oct 8th, a sad day
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
love this type of horse. His sire arromanches was the same way a tough gritty win machine.and was ignored by breeders just as this horse will be also.we should be breeding to horses like this who have proven durability and heart and not explosive 2 yos capable of 2 good races before they break down.
Perl More than 1 year ago
This horse is pure hickory. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Surprised the Pletcher haters have not lined up to crucify him for running a horse this old
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
this horse did not go to pletcher until late in his career had he been with pletcher as a 2yo he would be long gone.show me another example of a horse with 68 starts that started his career with pletcher.there are none.or even 30 career starts.
Mad Vaper More than 1 year ago
I think your blame of pletcher is misguided. The guy drives me nuts with all the long spacing. If you ask me he's too soft on them and then maybe asks them to do too much at some point. But he certainly is working them like Baffert does or running them every other Week like Lukas does.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Pletcher this pletcher that blah blah blah gafl!
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
Love Caixa Eletronica. Went to the window many times with that horse. Counted my money when Star Harbor had to run 44 and change for the half! Hope they retire him soon, though. He's lost a step but still can run. Would hate to see him die on the track one day. Like Saginaw and so many others.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Send him.to Bc dirt mile with your other four horses lol