Saturday, Belmont Park
TRUE NORTH H.-GII
, $400,000, BEL, 6-9, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:09 2/5, ft.
1--CAIXA ELETRONICA, 117, h, 7, by Arromanches
1st Dam: Edyta, by Skip Away
2nd Dam: Let the Mystery Be, by St. Jovite
3rd Dam: Charming Tiara, by Alydar
O-Repole Stable; B-Richard Rowan (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-Javier Castellano; $240,000. Lifetime Record: 54-18-7-11, $1,395,704. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 115, c, 4, First Samurai
--Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance. ($400,000 yrl '09 KEESEP). O-Zayat Stables, LLC; B-Oakbrook Farm (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen; $80,000.
, 119, h, 5, Hold That Tiger--Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road. ($40,000 yrl '08 WASSEP; $32,000 RNA yrl '08 KEEJAN). O-Alan Klein & Phil Lebherz; B-Dr Rodney Orr (KY); T-Jeff Bonde; $40,000.
Margins: 3/4, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 3.60, 13.00, 3.90.
Also Ran: Hamazing Destiny, Crossbow, Pacific Ocean, Royal Currier, Giant Ryan.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Caixa Eletronica came from a seemingly impossible spot to grab Justin Phillip in the True North, a race marred by the breakdown of GI Vosburgh S. winner Giant Ryan (Freud) at the eighth pole. Claimed by these connections for $62,500 in March 2011, the Repole runner was third to stable companion and fellow former claimer Calibrachoa (Southern Image) in the GIII Toboggan H. Feb. 4, then weakened to sixth in the GII General George H. 16 days later and got some time off. Caixa Electronica stretched out to a route of ground for the GIII Charles Town Classic Apr. 14, and that audacious decision paid serious dividends, as the chestnut strode home a three-length winner, but he came back down to earth with a fourth behind Shackleford (Forestry) in the GI Met Mile H. May 28. Back on just 12 days' rest, Caixa Eletronica settled near the tail of the field, as Pacific Ocean (Ghostzapper) and Giant Ryan set off at a breakneck pace. He began to find his best stride as the speed duel took its toll, knifed through a narrow gap between Hamazing Destiny (Salt Lake) and Smiling Tiger and was up in the waning strides. "I had a great trip and the race set up perfectly for me," said winning rider Javier Castellano. "The fractions were what I was hoping for and when I asked him to run, he responded great. He never gave up down the stretch too." Giant Ryan fractured both left front sesamoids and sustained ligament damage in back of his left front ankle and was vanned off the track in a splint.