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Aqueduct Racetrack: Grade 1 Carter

Rajiv Maragh rides Caleb's Posse in the Grade 1 Carter
Rajiv Maragh rides Caleb's Posse in the Grade 1 CarterMatthew Stockman/Getty Images
Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IApril 7, 2012

The $400,000 Carter is so deep with that talent that the no matter what horse you like, you're going to get great value.

I look at Shackleford and his his 8-1 morning line and can't believe that he's the long shot in the race. The last time this super-talented four-year-old was at least 8-1 was the Preakness. I absolutely love the four furlong work in 47.1 on April 1.

Emcee is 7-2 and has appears to have a decent shot to win this seven furlong race. Despite having just one win in three career starts, this Kiaran McLaughlin horse won his only start on a fast track by nearly five lengths in 1:09.3.

Calibrachoa is the main speed in this field and has a win at seven furlongs. This Todd Pletcher horse has 10 career wins in 20 starts, including two wins in three career starts over the main track. This is the horse that will have the lead at the top of the stretch.

Jackson Bend was very mediocre in his last race, when he finished third in at Gulfstream behind Mucho Macho Man and Tackleberry. This five-year-old is undefeated in three starts at the distance and will be a huge stretch threat.

I really think any horse can win this fantastic race but my pick is Caleb's Posse, who appears ready to win another Grade One. In his last start, Caleb's Posse closed strongly but failed to catch Calibrachoa. The added furlong today is what will allow Calbe's Posse to turn the tables.

Caleb's Posse will win the co-feature in 1:22 flat in a tight finish over Jackson Bend and Emcee.

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