02/27/2013 5:33PM

Gulfstream Park: Carried Interest's return encouraging to Violette

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Rick Violette was pleased with almost everything about Carried Interest’s 3-year-old debut on Sunday. Everything, that is, except the final result.

Carried Interest, regarded among the top 2-year-old prospects on the East Coast last summer after defeating Palace Malice in his debut and finishing second behind Overanalyze in the Futurity at Belmont, was beaten a half-length by City of Weston after setting a hotly contested pace in his return. He received a career best 94 Beyer Speed Figure in defeat.

“He ran his eyeballs out,” was Violette’s reaction immediately after the race. “I would have liked to have had the trip the winner had. We didn’t leave [the gate] like ‘boom’ and then we committed, but if we had let [Pro Prospect] go, we might have been pressing him. But I liked the way he came back late, like he was trying to put his head back in front again. Other than not winning, it was a great effort.”

Carried Interest, who missed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to a nagging shin issue, may need a little extra time off between starts to recuperate from Sunday’s gut-wrenching performance, Violette said.

“He was tight enough to do this but he ran hard,” said Violette. “We are thinking of maybe bringing him back in the Bay Shore. It depends on what we do with Clawback. I’d eventually like to try stretching Carried Interest out. He’s out of a Quiet American mare, so you’d think there’s a shot he’ll go longer. We’ll just see how the timing works out.”