12/31/2010 6:06PM

Machowsky mulls options for Caracortado



The Sunshine Millions Turf could be the next start for Caracortado, who was third in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds here at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. Caracortado finished 3 1/2 lengths behind race winner Twirling Candy despite racing in traffic on the turn of the seven-furlong race.

Trainer Mike Machowsky said that Caracortado would have made the race “more interesting” with a better trip.

“I think he would have been a lot closer,” Machowsky said.

Machowsky said two races on Feb. 5 are also possibilities for Caracortado – the $100,000 Thunder Road Handicap over a mile on turf or the $200,000 Strub Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Twirling Candy is being pointed for the Strub.

Smiling Tiger is bound for the $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes over six furlongs on Jan. 22, a possible prep for the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters in Dubai in late March.

“I think he’ll be really strong in that race,” co-owner Alan Klein said of the Palos Verdes. “That’s a good prep and we can decide if we want to take him to Dubai.”

Trainer loses two horses to injuries in back-to-back races

Look to the Sky, an $8,000 claimer who was pulled up on the turn of Thursday’s third race, emerged with an injury to her left foreleg, according to track stewards and will be bred in 2011, trainer Peter Miller said on Friday.

Look to the Sky, 7, won 8 of 44 starts and $113,050.

Miller had a tough day on Thursday. In the following race, his 2-year-old Saratoga Louie was vanned off after finishing last in a seven-furlong race for $50,000 claimers. Miller said that Saratoga Louis will require a layoff.

“He’ll be able to come back,” Miller said. “He’ll be off for a while.”