06/07/2013 6:50PM

Belmont: Calidoscopio comes from far back to win Brooklyn

Barbara D. Livingston
Calidoscopio (left) makes up a 22-length deficit in the final quarter-mile under Aaron Gryder to overtake pacesetter Percussion in the Brooklyn Handicap.

ELMONT, N.Y.  - Reprising his last-to-first victory in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last fall, the 10-year-old Calidoscopio made up 22 lengths in the final half-mile under Aaron Gryder to win Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap at soggy Belmont Park.

 Percussion, who made all the pace under John Velazquez, had to settle for second, five lengths ahead of Fast Falcon. Keep Me Informed, Ruler On Ice, Flashy Sunrise, Birdrun, and Quick Casablanca completed the order of finish.

 The win was the 11th from 42 career starts for Calidoscopio, who has now pushed his lifetime earnings to $927,282.

 Calidoscopio was so far back early in the race that his trainer, Mike Pupye, thought he was going to be eased.

 But entering the far turn, he saw Calidoscopio begin to pick things up and began to feel confident.

“I knew he was in stride before the turn,” Puype said. “Even though he was still way back you could see he was in rhythm. In the Breeders’ Cup he did the same thing. He wasn’t even in the race and before you know it he just started gobbling up ground. He absolutely just exploded when it was time to do his thing.”

 Aaron Gryder, a former New York-based jockey who hadn’t won at Belmont since 2005, said he just rode the horse like he did in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, when he rallied from 20 lengths back to win that race. In the Tokyo City, his first race this year, Calidoscopio was placed closer to the pace and he finished a dull fifth.

 “He showed that he can make up ground. He likes to just relax the first mile - it’s probably why he gets the distance so well,” Gryder said. “At the five-eighths pole I started picking them up. It takes him a little while to get going but he just keeps building with every stride.

 “It was our plan to leave him back there and we were just hoping it was his plan to come catch them.”

 Calidoscopio covered the 1 1/2 miles over the sloppy track in 2:31.64 and returned $17 to win.


Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Wow! His dam was 20 y/o when she foaled him in 2003. Princequillo close for her and Dr. Fager on the sire side. Kewl!
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Got up early Saturday morning and checked the drf stakes replays first thing. Saw the name, the distance, and the jockey and had to look at the clip. I immediately went to utube, found the clip and shared it on facebook. Unfreakinbelievable! I posted on my lil sis' wall and she had one word to say, "Dayum!"
Mike B More than 1 year ago
This was a cross over hit story on both racing and regular news, and I just saw it on regular news/online sites. What a class act--Gryder thanked the exercise rider right away and the whole crew who got him ready, acknowledging the team effort from trainer to grooms and exercise riders. It takes a lot of work to get a horse ready to race, especially a 10 year old one... Would also like to see US focus more on longevity as a desired trait in breeding (not so much those washed up by 3YO).... So we get more of these stories.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
OMG! What a fabulous race! Calidoscopio's win in the Breeders' Cup Marathon was one of the best races Breeders' Cup weekend, and left a vivid, indelible memory in my mind. Way behind, he inhaled everyone and everything at Santa Anita to win the race in such impressive fashion that I my mouth was on the ground at the same time I was clapping for him. What a performance! Boy, was I ever impressed. And when he won, a quarter of the stands erupted in jubilation and Happy Dancing as a huge contingent of his connections celebrated his victory. I've never forgotten that race. Fast forward to June, 2013 and the Brooklyn Stakes at Belmont Park. Calidoscopio runs the same exact kind of race, coming from two zip codes away to win in the slop over every horse in the race. Calidoscopio's win was a thing of beauty to behold! My mouth was once again on the floor while I clapped for him - thrilled at what I had seen, and jubilation in the stands as Calidoscopio's entourage went bananas in celebration, dancing and shouting at the top of their lungs. - LOL. What a performance by Calidoscopio! WOW! I waited for him to unleash that deep close kick and man, did he not disappoint me in his effort! I've been waiting to see him again in another race since the BC Marathon and Thank God this is the race I saw him in. I was waiting for this and I'm thrilled to see this master at work again. At 10 years old, this horse is a marvel at this day and age. Fabulous ride by Aaron Gryder, fabulous talent by Calidoscopio. Amazing race! Unbelievable win! Congratulations, Calidoscopio! You are an Argentinian wonder!
Juan Vallejo More than 1 year ago
see all calidoscopio's races at www.elturf.com
john mccormick More than 1 year ago
reminds me of zenyatta, announcer and all
Terri Drennen More than 1 year ago
Hi, love Zenny, but I don't even think she would have caught this fella, this was a determined horse, and I hope the owners give him a GREAT life!!
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
I don't believe what I just saw!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Keep an old horse happy and sound , and this is what you get, Awesome job !
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I agree. 10 is not really that old for a horse if he's cared for. Look at how old some of the jockeys are.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Missed him on Friday but still love this ol' horse. Hopin' Puype never abuses him again.
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
I bet on Rosario's horse. (Quick Casablanca) In the end all I could do is smile, stand up and applaud. That was great to see.Well done Grandpa, well done.
AndrewK More than 1 year ago
wow, great ride from gryder, best part was announcer chuckling like he didn't think the old battle horse could get there
charles b More than 1 year ago
Great to see this old campaigner win a G2 race. Very patient and professional ride by Aaron Gryder. Remember Aaron as an apprentice in So. Calif about 25 years ago. Glad he got a much deserved victory.