Grand Experiment

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Don’t expect a modern-day version of Paul Revere with calls for “the Venezuelans are coming, the Venezuelans are coming” to ring out at racetracks and sales grounds around the U.S. anytime soon, but owners with deep pockets and skilled horsemen from that troubled nation will be showing up more and more in the coming months.

Venezuelan owner El Capi Racing made a splash at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings earlier this week, going to $2 million to purchase a colt by Tapit that topped the auction and plunking down another $400,000 to buy a Tiznow filly.

Gustavo Delgado, the trainer of two Triple Crown winners in his native Venezuela, hopes to do the same when he starts longshot Grand Tito against a loaded field in today’s $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. The 5-year-old son of Candy Ride is the second longest price of the 10 entered in the body of the Grade 2 stakes at 1 mile on the grass against the likes of King Kreesa, Mshawish and last year’s winner Seek Again.

Delgado isn’t deterred.

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