Barn Notes

He Can Run Looks for Upset in Saturday's Decathlon Stakes

Posted Friday, May 9, 2014

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Trainer Buddy Carlesimo enjoyed a huge upset in last year’s $150,000 Salvator Mile when Raging Daoust posted a nose victory at 33-1.  Carlesimo will be looking to pull off yet another upset this Saturday, when he saddles He Can Run, installed at 20-1 on the morning line, in the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes, feature on the Opening Day card.

            “He’s never been worse than third in five starts at Monmouth, so that certainly doesn’t hurt,” said Carlesimo, who trains He Can Run for the partnership of Costabile and Juliano.  “He’s a very smart horse.  He always saves something; the trick is to get him to use it in the lane.”

            He Can Run comes into the six-furlong Decathlon off a third-place effort over the Atlantic City turf on April 26.  He spent the winter competing at Parx, but now returns to Monmouth, where he’s a two-time stakes placed runner.

            “This race came up tough, no question about that,” Carlesimo said.  “But he’s a runner.  He’s versatile and he’s coming up to the race good.”

            A 5-year-old gelding by Successful Appeal from the Seattle Slew mare Another, He Can Run sports a lifetime record of 10-3-5 from 28 career outings.  He’ll break from post three in the 11-horse field with jockey Victor Santiago in the irons.

            The Decathlon goes as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.


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