It was a back-to-back achievement for the 5-year-old son of Artie Schiller. With jockey Julien Leparoux aboard, CAROTARI blitzed his rivals and went gate to wire for the victory. This was his second start off a layoff so he was sharp as a tack. The task was to compete with seven others, going five furlongs over the Gulfstream Park grass. Let's recap the $75K Silk's Run Stakes.
The 7-5 favorite CAROTARI had the quickest early foot leaving the gate. He brought Julien Leparoux to the front and set early fractions of 21.55 for the quarter, 44.06 for the half. They raced compact through the backside and into the turn. CAROTARI skims the rail nicely, maintains his advantage while 17-1 longshot CITRUS BURST commences his rally to the outside. CAROTARI is asked to quicken and he does; speeding forward with good energy to win by almost two lengths. CITRUS BURST ran on to be second with THE CONNECTOR finishing third. They stopped the clock in 55.43.
CAROTARI paid $4.80 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.80 to show. He is by ARTIE SCHILLER out of SOOTHER by RAHY. He earned his 6th victory from 18 starts, pushing his earnings to $377,993. Brian Lynch was the winning trainer and William Branch, the winning owner.
In last year's race, CAROTARI won in a quicker time, almost a full second faster. But that's okay, considering he carried four more pounds than all of his rivals for this year edition. The important part is he's back at his high competitive level.
We're glad to see Julien Leparoux in the winning spotlight as well. He was off to a slower start this year, performing 3% lower than his win rate last year. We'll be rooting for his progress moving forward.
Note the game effort by the longshot placer CITRUS BURST, who was also making his second start off a layoff. He made a menacing move going 3-wide into the stretch, but could not do enough to challenge the winner. We can still expect him to improve off this effort.