11/13/2012 2:31PM

Hollywood Park: Puype gets another Breeders’ Cup winner

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Emily Shields
Calidoscopio has 9 wins in 30 starts, while he is just 1 for 10 on turf.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Mike Puype won his first Breeders’ Cup race earlier this month, and eventually doubled the number of Breeders’ Cup winners in his barn.

Mizdirection provided Puype with his first win in a Breeders’ Cup race, in the Turf Sprint, but he also now trains Calidoscopio, the Argentine import who won the BC Marathon and has remained in this country.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do with him yet,” Puype said at Betfair Hollywood Park, where he is based. “He’s a hard horse to spot.”

True, there aren’t any stakes races mirroring the Marathon – 1 3/4 miles on dirt. Calidoscopio, 9, is clearly better on dirt, a surface over which he has 9 wins in 30 starts. He is just 1 for 10 on turf.

“He’s 20 times better on dirt,” Puype said.

In addition to Mizdirection and Calidoscopio, Puype also has a promising youngster in his barn in the 2-year-old filly Home Journey, who crushed an allowance field on Friday by 8 1/4 lengths for her second sprint win in as many starts. She will make her next start in the seven-furlong, $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for California-bred fillies on Dec. 9, Puype said.

“That’s one of the races they added on the schedule,” Puype said, referring to the lucrative Golden State Series. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
The full sister to the mighty ZENYATTA will be racing in the 4th race at Hollywood Park on Friday with Corey Nakatani in the irons. I'll be there to see what she is all about. Letx hope she pans out and is not a bust. She has big shoes to fill and no Mike Smith leads one to think about her ability. We'll see on Friday. STAY TUNED ON THIS ONE.........
HonDr Vin More than 1 year ago
how come no news about EBLOUISSANTE
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Why doesn't he get Porfido, some how then have a turf horse ?
David Morant More than 1 year ago
Love Porfido! My favorite horse running on SoCal right now. Glad to see you mention him. :) That being said, I spoke with Eoin Harty after Porfido's win last weekend and he's very loved and appreciated there, so I'm all for his staying there. Eoin says Porfido will definitely be running next year at age 11 also! Wonderful news! :D
russell More than 1 year ago
He's 9 years old. What can you do with him? That said I'm a moron for not betting him in the BC. My sole reason was that he was 9 years old.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
The man can train, gets there extremely early stays late and knows his horses, too many other trainers defer to their help, they arrive at 7-730 and ASK how each horse feels and is doing, they go get coffee and use the walkie talkie to communicate with the barn, they leave at 10 and wonder why they 1. lose 2. have horses get hurt 3. don't get new owners. Then they have the audacity to complain when other trainers have a higher win % than they do. LOL It's called laziness
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Great observation of a good Trainers' morning --- I think he'll look to send Scopey long.