Bred: Mike Machowsky (Calif.)
Sire: Cat Dreams
Dam: Mons Venus, by Maria's Mon
Caracortado got his career started on the right foot when he won his first five starts, including the Grade 2 Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2010. The gelding suffered his first loss in the San Felipe Stakes that year and after a seventh in the Preakness Stakes, took a sixth month break. He returned that November and won an allowance before ending his 3-year-old season with a third place finish in the Malibu Stakes.
In 2011, he started his season with a win in the Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes and a second in a Grade 1, going on to place in two more stakes that year and win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile Handicap. Caracortado suffered an injury after winning the 2012 Grade 3 Daytona Stakes on January 8 of that year, coming back in September of 2013 to finish third in a prep race for the Breeders' Cup, where he finished fourth.