06/02/2013 4:22PM

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.

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“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.