Following her win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, champion Caledonia Road had a chip removed from her ankle. According to drf.com, the daughter of Quality Road also came down with a minor illness in March, further delaying her sophomore debut. On Sunday, trainer Ralph Nicks sent Caledonia Road to post as the heavy favorite in a one-mile allowance race at Belmont Park. Junior Alvarado guided her to a 3 1/2-length score over the “good” track, completing the distance in 1:38.06.
“It's a tough race, the track was heavy, so I knew for her, to give me that kick she always has, I had to ask her a little more than I wanted to, because it's hard to quicken up on this track,” Alvarado explained. “But I was pretty comfortable. I didn't get worried. I didn't want to go too crazy, I was just asking her nice and gentle, and she got the job done today. [We] got her fitter for the next time.”
Caledonia Road will make her next start in the Grade 1 Acorn on June 8, if all goes well.
“She handled this probably a little better than I expected,” Nicks said. “I thought she was about 80 percent today going into it and she's obviously going to have to step up for the Acorn, but we got a race under her now, so we can handle her a little differently than if we just had to come in off the layoff.
“We didn't get to make the big dance in Kentucky [Oaks], but we're going for the [Grade 1, $700,000] Acorn [Saturday, June 9] and we'll go from there.”
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