08/01/2013 11:10AM

Calidoscopio to stand at Haras La Quebrada in Argentina

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Tom Keyser
Brooklyn Handicap and Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Calidoscopio will return to his birthplace, Haras La Quebrada in Argentina, to begin his stud career.

Calidoscopio, the winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Marathon whose final victory came in a dramatic running of the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap earlier this year, will stand his first season at stud at Haras La Quebrada in Argentina, Racing Post reports.

The 10-year-old son of Luhuk will return to his birthplace to stand at stud, having been foaled at the Buenos Aires-area farm in 2003. He became a staple in the long distance ranks of his native country, winning or finishing in the money in 21 stakes races, highlighted by a win in the Group 1 Republica Argentina in 2009.

A victory in the Group 2 General Belgrano earned Calidoscopio a “Win and You’re In” spot to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita, which he annexed in his signature last-to-first style to become the oldest winner of a Breeders’ Cup race.

After being transferred to trainer Mike Puype, Calidoscopio raced twice more in the U.S., highlighted by his headline-grabbing win in the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn on June 7. In that race, he spotted the field more than 20 lengths through the first half-mile before charging six-wide down the stretch to prevail by a length.

Calidoscopio was retired after the Brooklyn with 11 wins in 42 starts for earnings of $975,154. All but one of his career starts came at distances of 1 1/4 miles or longer, with the lone exception being his debut at a mile.

Calidoscopio is out of the Argentine Group 2-winning Lefty mare Calderona, who is the dam of eight winners from nine foals to race, including Argentine Group 1 winner Cumbrecita and multiple stakes-placed winner Claremont. He is from the family of Argentine Group 2 winner Rey Anjiz and Chilean Group 3 winner Huaso Celebre.

Haras La Quebrada welcomes Calidoscopio after its spot on the roster for successful young Coolmore stallion Scat Daddy opened up last week. Scat Daddy, slated to stand the Southern Hemisphere season at Haras la Quebrada, suffered dehydration in transit to South America and was returned to Kentucky.