06/29/2013 10:47AM

Hollywood Park: Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Calidoscopio retired

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Tom Keyser
Calidoscopio ended his career with a dramatic victory in the Brooklyn Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Calidoscopio, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita last November, emerged from his win in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park on June 7 with heat in a leg and has been retired, trainer Mike Puype said.

The 10-year-old Calidoscopio is expected to return to Argentina in coming months, Puype said. Calidoscopio began his career in Argentina before being sent to the United States last fall in advance of the BC Marathon.

“He’s got some heat in his right front leg,” Puype said Saturday morning. “He’ll need some time right now. Other than the Breeders’ Cup, there is nothing else to go for this year. He’s got one race on his agenda.”

Owned by Dona Pancha, Calidoscopio won 11 of 42 starts and $975,154. This year, he had two starts, a fifth in the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita in March and the win in the Brooklyn at 1 1/2 miles, when he closed approximately 22 lengths in the final mile with a six-wide rally to win by a length.

Puype said that Calidoscopio’s age was a determining factor in the retirement decision.

“If he was younger, it wouldn’t be an issue,” he said. “He’s a distance specialist and there aren’t many races that he can run in. It was my recommendation to stop on a high note.”

In the BC Marathon at 1 3/4 miles, Calidoscopio scored a 17-1 upset, closing from last of 13 to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

Amanda Mitchell More than 1 year ago
What this breed NEEDS is a horse like this in the breeding shed. Speed runners don't have the heart, stamina, or endurance that this horse has and can provide. The three biggest races in the USA require distance runners - we will NEVER see all three won by one horse until this is realized.
Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
Way to go Mr. Puype!! A classy move from a class act. Here's to your recent success, and the thriving of your stable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the posters below are correct. The American breeding industry favors speed, not distance. So Calidoscopio would have a hard time here in the breeding shed, too bad because he sure is a runner. The Brooklyn win was amazing since very few horses closed any ground during Belmont weekend. He made up over 20 lengths!
Kerry Metivier More than 1 year ago
B: What are you talking about? No interest in distance. The three most cherished victories in US racing: two are run at a mile and a quarter and one at a mile and a half. When is the last time you heard any breeder say, "wow, I sure hope this horse turns out to be a good six furlong runner."? Never. Please. Stop making untrue negative comments.
B More than 1 year ago
Shame, but he was 10! He was a through back to horses of yesteryear. His last race was very exciting. So, now he retires for stud duty in Argentina as obviously this country has no interest in breeding for distance.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
An amazing horse. Watching Calidoscopio in the Brooklyn was pure joy. At ten yo, he deserves a happy retirement. I wish all the TB's in the US could race past 3yo. Congrats to Calidoscopio and all the connections!
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
There needs to be more distance dirt stakes for horses like Calidoscopio to run in.
KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
Thanks for doing the right thing !!
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
What a cool horse to watch run! Sad to hear he's injured and will be retired, but it was great that his Argentine connections left him in this country for all of us to enjoy his three races here. Too bad American breeders are largely indifferent to his potential to add stamina to the U.S. gene pool.
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
Gotta love his come-from-behind running style! Hope he enjoys his retirement.