10/18/2012 5:36PM

Belmont Park notes: Violette weighs options with Carried Interest


ELMONT, N.Y. - After giving Carried Interest a strong gallop at Aqueduct on Thursday morning, trainer Rick Violette said he still has not yet decided where Carried Interest, runner-up in the Futurity at Belmont, would make his next start.

His options are the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 or the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.

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“Still on the fence,” Violette said. “We have to pre-enter Monday. I think he’ll benefit from today. The door is still open for both places.”

Violette did point out that Carried Interest could earn more money winning the Nashua than the Juvenile Sprint because he is eligible for a $100,000 bonus that the New York Racing Association awards to any horse who won a maiden race during the Belmont spring meet and goes on to win a graded race at a NYRA track later in the year.

Fall festival next two weekends

Belmont Park will host a fall festival on the last two weekends of the meet.

There will be a farmer’s market with local autumn produce, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch. The farmer’s market will be located in the backyard festival tent, offering fruit and assorted goods from local farms.

New York crafters and food purveyors will sell locally made products in the grandstand.

The Belmont meet ends Oct. 28.