Multiple graded stakes winner Caracortado will miss the $1 million GEICO Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint with a slight quarter crack in the right front hoof, trainer Mike Machowsky confirmed Nov. 2.
Caracortado, a 6-year-old Cat Dreams gelding, was brought back from more than a 20-month absence after shedding the frog on the same front hoof to race again this year. He finished fourth in the Sept. 27 Eddie D. Stakes last time out.
Machowsky said Caracortado was fine when he walked early the morning of Breeders' Cup Day 2, but then a piece of gravel was detected in his hoof. When the gravel was blown out, it appeared that there was a quarter crack about a quarter of an inch long.
The trainer said Caracortado was jogged on the lane next to his barn and was inspected by state veterinarians before the decision was made to scratch.
"It is not a big thing but the timing couldn't be worse," Machowsky said. "Knowing him, he will probably be fine this afternoon and go to the track tomorrow. I had five months of uninterrupted training with him since he came back."
Machowsky trains the chestnut for a partnership group that includes Blahut Racing, Donkey Island Racing, and the Kagele Brothers.