09/20/2013 3:41PM

Santa Anita notes: Caracortado set to return in Eddie D Stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
Caracortado is set to return to racing in Friday’s Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – A foot injury that has kept Caracortado from racing for nearly 20 months appears to be in the past.

Next Friday at Santa Anita, trainer Mike Machowsky will learn whether the 6-year-old gelding can regain the form that led to five stakes wins. Caracortado will be entered in Friday’s Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course on the opening day of the track’s autumn meeting. A win could lead to a start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here Nov. 2.

In early 2012, Caracortado lost the frog – the fleshy area on the underside – in his right front foot. The recovery took much longer than Machowsky expected.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” he said.

The injury was detected after Caracortado won the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes on the hillside turf course in January 2012, his most recent start.

“After he won the Daytona, I galloped him in the mud.” Machowsky said. “He had a little blood on his foot. We soaked it and thought he had an abscess.”

The injury was detected in the following weeks and turned out to be more severe. Caracortado had three recorded workouts in the summer of 2012 before being sidelined again. He had one workout in June of this year before Machowsky opted to give the gelding another break.

“I had him going earlier this year and he got tender in one spot,” Machowsky said.

Friday, Caracortado worked six furlongs in 1:13.80. Machowsky timed him in 1:13.40, including a final three furlongs in 35.40 seconds.

A winner of 9 of 19 starts and $864,105, Caracortado is expected to give a top effort in the Eddie D Stakes, named for the popular retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.

“He’s pretty close to being ready,” Machowsky said. “He always runs well fresh. If the foot stays good, we’d like to run him in the Breeders’ Cup.”

The Eddie D Stakes is expected to include defending champion Unbridled’s Note, who was second in the BC Turf Sprint last November, and Chips All In, who won the San Simeon Handicap on the hillside turf course in April.

The race had 29 nominations, and it could be divided into two $75,000 races, according to racing secretary Rick Hammerle. The Eddie D has an advertised purse of $100,000.

Mizdirection training up to Breeders’ Cup

The Eddie D Stakes will not include Mizdirection, winner of the BC Turf Sprint last November.

A 5-year-old mare, Mizdirection will be trained up to the BC Turf Sprint, trainer Mike Puype said Friday. Mizdirection breezed a half-mile in 48.40 on turf Friday.

Mizdirection has won 3 of 4 starts this year, with her only loss a fifth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park in June, her most recent race.

Slim Shadey set for John Henry Turf

The Eddie D Stakes is the first of seven graded stakes from Friday through Sunday on the first weekend of the meeting.

There are five Grade 1, $250,000 races Saturday which are preps for Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 1-2 – the FrontRunner Stakes for 2-year-olds, Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, Rodeo Drive Stakes for turf females, and Awesome Again Stakes for older horses.

Sunday, the main race is the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship over 1 1/4 miles on turf. The John Henry is designed as a prep for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 2.

Slim Shadey won the 2012 John Henry before finishing eighth in the BC Turf. This year, trainer Simon Callaghan said Slim Shadey is doubtful for the BC Turf, largely because of the distance and the tough competition.

“I would like to get this race over and make a decision,” he said. “We probably won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup this year. We’d like to find something easier.”

Slim Shadey, 5, has won three graded stakes on Santa Anita’s turf course in the last two years.

“He seems to be so much better on this turf course,” Callaghan said.

The competition in the John Henry will include Vagabond Shoes, who won the Del Mar Handicap in August, and Indy Point, who won the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar in July but was last of 13 in the Arlington Million on Aug. 17.

Friday on the turf course, Vagabond Shoes worked seven furlongs in 1:27.60, while Indy Point went a mile in 1:39.60.

Track to offer pick-six bonus on Sundays

Santa Anita will offer a $50,000 bonus for pick-six pools on Sundays this fall when the bet does not have a carryover from the previous day, the track announced Friday.

In addition, the popular 50-cent pick-four wagers will have guaranteed pools of $200,000 on weekdays and $400,000 on weekends.

The promotion was done in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Owners of California in an effort to stimulate wagering on the pick six, which has been overshadowed by the pick five in recent years. A similar promotion was in place for the pick six at Del Mar this summer.