03/22/2011 3:37PM

Campaign mapped for Caracoratado

Shigeki Kikkawa
Caracortado is expected to make his next start in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita on April 9.

The 2011 campaign for Caracortado will be purely North American and focus on the top grass races leading to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Trainer, breeder, and co-owner Mike Machowsky said Tuesday that the spring schedule for Caracortado will include the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita on April 9, Grade 1 Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs on May 7, and Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on July 2.

Machowsky had considered an international campaign for Caracortado, who was not originally nominated to the Breeders’ Cup.

“The breeder was too cheap to pay the $500,” Machowsky said, poking fun at himself.

However, the Breeders’ Cup initiated an open enrollment program this spring that allows non-nominated horses to be nominated for $25,000, which Machowsky said will be paid.

“I can do Dubai or Hong Kong next year,” Machowsky said. “I want him good and fresh going to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Caracortado has won seven races and $551,520 from 12 starts. He finished second to Fluke in Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 5.

Fluke will skip the Arcadia, according to trainer Humberto Ascanio, which means Caracortado will be heavily favored in the mile turf race that will be run on Santa Anita Derby Day. The Woodford Reserve will be run at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day.

“It will be a good test to see how he handles that turf course and the crowd,” Machowsky said.

The Breeder’s Cup will be run Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs.