The second Grade 1 stakes on Wood Memorial day at Aqueduct is the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) for older horses at 7 furlongs on the main track. A short field of just 5 (4 betting interests) went to post on Saturday, with Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Caleb's Posse sent off as the 11-10 favorite off his close second in the Tom Fool Handicap (G3) last out. In to challenge him included the two-horse Godolphin entry of Emcee and Tahitian Warrior, as the joint 2-1 second choice, and 3-1 third choice Shackleford, seventh in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream. 9-2 Jackson Bend, third in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) completed the field.
Jockey Jesus Castanon sent Shackleford to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 23.67 and 46.98 while pressed by Emcee and Jackson Bend. On the turn, Jackson Bend moved up to challenge, gaining a short lead into the stretch through 3/4 in 1:10.15. Caleb's Posse, last through the first 5/8 mile, closed late but just missed as Jackson Bend held him off by a nose in 1:22.32 over the fast main track. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Shackleford third, with the Godolphin pair bringing up the rear.
Also on the card were the Wood Memorial and Bay Shore Stakes