Bet on the Carter Handicap
The Carter Handicap is a Grade 1 race at Aqueduct currently offered for a purse of $500,000. Inaugurated in 1895, the Carter is named for William Carter, a Brooklyn tugboat captain, who financed the first running of the race. The Carter has been contested at seven furlongs since 1903 claiming many of racing’s elite sprinters and middle-distance runners as past winners. The race is held on the same day as the (G1) Wood Memorial and (G1) Gazelle Stakes.
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Carter Handicap Betting Odds
For the second year in a row, the Carter produced nice payoffs, with a $10 Win in 2014 topped by a $240 exacta and $1700 trifecta in 2015, thanks to 53-1 Green Gratto and 31-1 Dream Saturday getting on the ticket. With 3% win-or-lose rebates on all straight wagers and 5% back on exotics, horseplayers are able to maximize betting value at Bovada's racebook.
2017 Carter Handicap Contenders
The sloppy track did not interfere with a thrilling finish in the 2016 renewal of the Carter Handicap as Dads Caps briefly spurted away from the field in mid-stretch looking to secure his third straight Carter victory. But it was not to be, as the favored Salutos Amigos launched a wide rally and kept charging to outclose west coast invader Calculator by a head at the wire. The win marked Salutos Amigos' fourth victory in six starts at the Big A and netted his connections the $240,000 winner's share of the purse. The six year-old David Jacobson trainee cemented his reputation as one of the best sprinter's on the east coast, with Calculator losing nothing in defeat. It was another length and a half back to the gutsy Dads Caps who completed a trifecta worth $189 on a $2 base wager.
2016 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Salutos Amigos $5.10 $3.30 $2.50
2nd: Calculator $4.90 $4.00
3rd: Dads Caps $4.40
(Also Ran: Anchor Down, Stallwalkin' Dude, Sassicaia, Majestic Affair, Green Gratto)
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Dads Caps joined an elite group of two-time Carter winners in 2015. In the race’s rich history only Audacious (1920, 1921), Osmand (1928 1929), Flying Heels (1930, 1931), Forego (1974, 1975), and Lite the Fuse (1995, 1996) have won the Carter more once. Thoroughbred immortals such as Beldame (1904), Old Rosebud (1917), Tom Fool (1953), Bold Ruler (1958), King’s Bishop (1973), Gulch (1988), and Artax (1999) have also won the Carter. Artax holds the speed record, blazing through the seven furlong distance in an astounding 1:20.04 in 1999, and later winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Old Rosebud is the only horse to win the Carter and Kentucky Derby, but former Carter champion Bold Ruler sired the legendary Secretariat who won the 1973 Triple Crown including the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths.