Gary Capuano to send out two in Carousel

He won’t have the favorite, but trainer Gary Capuano is expected to have two legitimate shots to win Friday’s $100,000 Carousel Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 1 ⅛-mile Carousel is one of six stakes on the December 30 card, and Capuano is slated to send out multiple stakes winner Malibu Beauty and the lightly raced Intrepid Dream. The morning line favorite is Hybrid Eclipse (3-1), an easy winner in the Thirty Eight Go Go over the strip last time out.

ZWP Stables’ Malibu Beauty is a three-time stakes winner including the 2021 Miss Disco at historic Pimlico Race Course. The Thirty Eight Go Go marked the first time in five starts she hadn’t been first or second, having won the Peach Blossom and George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware Park this summer and fall.

Malibu Beauty is 5-1 on the morning line and will have Jaime Rodriguez in the irons.

Capuano also entered Paul Fowler Jr.’s homebred Intrepid Dream (7-2), a Maryland-bred daughter of Jess’s Dream. He had nominated the 4-year-old filly to the Thirty Eight Go Go but opted instead for a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance the next day, which she won to extend her win streak to three races. She won an open allowance in the Delaware Park slop Oct. 26 – her first start in 14 months.

“She’s really, really big and she’s not real fast. At least, she never really shows it in the morning. She does show up in the afternoon,” Capuano said. “She’s one of those plodding horses. She’s huge and she’s just got one kind of pace. She doesn’t have a huge turn of foot, but she’ll just keep grinding and grinding and grinding and if you come back to her at all, she’s going to be there.”

Intrepid Dream will make her stakes debut under return rider Carlos Lopez from outermost Post 11.

“She’s steady and you’ve just got to keep working on her and she’ll just grind it out,” Capuano said. “We’ve run her two turns all the time because in the mornings and what have you, she’s never shown any kind of early speed, but she does break well and she has put herself in the races. We’ll see.”