Bred: Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider (Ky.)
Sire: First Samurai
Dam: Apt, by A.P Indy
Carve won his first two races by a combine 4 1/2 lengths before moving up to stakes company in the Rebel Stakes where he placed sixth.
The First Samurai Son raced well in the competitive field of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby finishing third, but had a dissapointing seventh place finish in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes. Not a month later, the colt took third place in the Long Branch Stakes.
Carve boasts a good family, by Champagne Stakes (G1) winner First Samurai and out of Apt, a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Blame.