06/02/2013 5:22PM

Belmont Park: Brooklyn draws Calidoscopio, Ruler On Ice, Quick Casablanca

Barbara D. Livingston
Ruler On Ice, the 2011 Belmont Stakes winner, will run in Friday's Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap.

ELMONT, N.Y. – A Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner, a Belmont Stakes winner, and a multiple Group 1 winner in Chile were among the eight horses entered Sunday for Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap at 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park.

Calidoscopio, last November’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner at Santa Anita; Ruler On Ice, the 2011 Belmont winner at 25-1; and Quick Casablanca, who won Group 1 races on turf and dirt, likely will have to beat the improving Percussion, who has won three of four starts since being bought privately and moved to trainer Todd Pletcher.

In winning the Albert the Great Stakes here May 12, Percussion defeated Fast Falcon and Birdrun – the 2011 Brooklyn winner – both of whom are entered back in this field. Flashy Sunrise, who has won two straight allowance races, and Keep Me Informed complete the field.

Calidoscopio came over from Argentina last fall and upset the BC Marathon by 4 1/4 lengths at odds of 17-1. He stayed in Southern California with Mike Puype, who brought the 10-year-old back to the races in the Grade 3 Tokyo City at Santa Anita in March, when he finished fifth as the 5-2 favorite.

[BROOKLYN HANDICAP: Get Friday's Belmont past performances]

“In the Tokyo City, everything went wrong,” Puype said Sunday from Southern California. “He grabbed a quarter the day before; he had interruptions in training during the winter when we got off tracks. Before that, he was training out of his mind.”

Aaron Gryder, who has been aboard for Calidoscopio’s two races in the United States, will ride from post 4.

Ruler On Ice has only won once since the 2011 Belmont and comes off a dead-heat for second in the Majestic Light at a mile and 70 yards at Monmouth Park on May 25. Irad Ortiz rides from post 8.

Trainer Christophe Clement entered the Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca because he knows the 5-year-old horse wants to run a distance of ground.
“He stays,” Clement said. “It’s a question of what level will he stay? We’ll enter and have a look.”

The Brooklyn is the first leg of a daily double wager that links with Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Mr. Commons stays short in Jaipur

The connections of Mr. Commons were considering stretching out their turf miler to 1 1/4 miles in Saturday’s Grade 1 Manhattan. Instead, they decided to keep the 5-year-old short and entered him in Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Jaipur Stakes at seven furlongs.

“I want to run him longer, but the Manhattan is a particularly tough race, a Grade 1,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “That’s a tough race to experiment in, so we’d rather have him in a race we know he’s capable of handling. I do want to stretch him out at some point, but it’s his first race back after a while.”

Mr. Commons, who has finished second or third in five graded stakes since his last win in the Grade 2 Arcadia in February 2012, was one of nine horses entered in the Jaipur, with three additional runners entered for the main track only. He will break from post 1 under Luis Saez.

Beau Choix and Summer Breezing both won overnight stakes going seven furlongs at Belmont last year. Beau Choix missed the Fort Marcy after having an extremely fast workout the week of the race. Summer Breezing is coming off a sprint win over Keeneland’s Polytrack.

Next Question, who won the Grade 1 Nearctic at Woodbine last October, is seeking his first win since then.

Bruce Brown sends out the uncoupled entry of the front-running Spring to the Sky and the late-running Night Officer.

Big Screen, Joes Blazing Aaron, and Artest complete the main body of the field. Artest will be ridden by Gary Stevens, who last rode at Belmont on Oct. 30, 2005, when he won the Gaviola Stakes on turf aboard Joint Aspiration.

Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
If he grabbed a quarter the day before then why did you run him Puype?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
LOOKS LIKE THE WHOLE EXTRA SECURITY THING AT BELMONT WAS JUST FOR SHOW....it continues to be the miracle trainer capitol ....D. Jacobson continues to win and defy logic and even RUDY Rodriguez is showing signs of life again....i guess its business as usual...then again can anybody believe that these guys can really be supervised by penny pinching operations like NYRA.....the dope testing is a joke we all know that and then they try to pull the wool over our eyes with the surveillance nonsense. Really your watching RUDY and JACOBSON how?..as far as i know rudy trains at aqueduct then ships to Belmont so is there surveillance on the truck or can he just pull in somewhere and give the horse some water oats and vitamins.....here's an idea instead of smoke and mirrors why not have real testing done at a real lab not some university by students and have the collection of the samples taken while a law enforcement agent was present...ho yes and some pre race random testing like the do in England walk into the barn and test everybody and match it to the vet reports.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Great suggestions!!
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
ray - Ask Rudy & David For Samples
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
You know, I see your point, but your ignorance is showing. NO ONE...NO ONE will give a horse solid food during the shipping other than hay. It can cause colic, etc. Water at stops, yes, but here's the thing with that...it's the grooms and crew that do that mostly as the majority of trainers never actually travel in vans or planes with their horses. I'm SO sick of all this doping accusations. When was the last time a horse came back with drug positives in the Belmont or any of the Classics? You do know that of the 2 or 3 percent (yes, it's that low) of positives in ALL of horse racing that the majority of those tests come from Quarter Horses? God, educate yourself!