06/11/2013 3:32PM

Hollywood Park: Puype making stakes plans for Calidoscopio, Mizdirection

Barbara D. Livingston
Calidoscopio (left) rallies past Percussion to win the Brooklyn Handicap by a length at Belmont Park on Friday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – After mixed results at Belmont Park last weekend, 2012 Breeders’ Cup race winners Calidoscopio and Mizdirection will head to Del Mar later this summer.

Trainer Mike Puype has tentative plans for Calidoscopio, who won the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap last Friday, and Mizdirection, who finished fifth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes on Saturday.

Calidoscopio, winner of the BC Marathon last November, is a candidate for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on the synthetic main track July 26. A 10-year-old, Calidoscopio has never raced on a synthetic track and would need to train well at Del Mar to run in the Cougar II, Puype said.

“I won’t know whether he likes it until I can get him down there and work him,” he said.

An alternative race is the $200,000 Greenwood Cup over 1 1/2 miles on dirt at Parx Racing on Sept. 2 “if I can make good transportation arrangements,” Puype said.

The BC Marathon is a long-term goal for Calidoscopio.

Mizdirection won the BC Turf Sprint against males last November, and the same race is in the plans this fall. In the Just a Game Stakes, Mizdirection led for the first six furlongs of the race over a mile, but faded to finish 8 1/4 lengths behind winner Stephanie’s Kitten on a yielding turf course.

Puype said before the race that he feared Mizdirection would not like a rain-soaked course.

“I knew I was in trouble,” Puype said. “I’m not making excuses. The distance was not the issue. Her stride was not the same. She didn’t look comfortable to stretch her legs out. It didn’t happen.”

Puype said that Mizdirection will have “one or two more races for sure” before the BC Turf Sprint. One option is the $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar on Sept. 2.

Louie Carnesco More than 1 year ago
Mizdirection is an amazing racehorse. Im a huge fan.
tim yu More than 1 year ago
I'm A huge Mizdirection fan, watched all her races, I too was worried about the surface, I could tell going into the final turn her stride wasn't the same she hated the soft surface, Puype isn't making excuses that exactly why she didn't fire, she hated the soft going.
Peter May More than 1 year ago
I'm not saying this to be too complimentary to Calidoscopio, but depending on how the 2nd half of the year shakes out, Pupye should be thinking BC Classic. There are too many defections from top 3-year olds that never make it to the Breeders Cup. If Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man and whoever else don't look dominant, run him for the big money. It seems nuts to say that. Its not a matter of the quality of Calidoscopio, but more the lqck of quality of the rest of the Classic division horses. He might win it just like Drosslemeyer a couple years ago.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
I'd have to agree. Wait and see approach.
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
I think 1 1/4 on the Santa Anita pavement would be out of the question. Last year he had a 1 3/4 against really week competition for the most part.
Ghostzapper More than 1 year ago
It's just too short. His running lines are funny to see if you read his south American form, too. 1 7/8 race "Best stride late." You look at that and try to figure out what he's doing in North America. I wouldn't mind seeing him in that Arlington St. Leger race or whatever they are trying to call it at 1 13/16 on Turf.
Old timer More than 1 year ago
too short... the horse doesn't even think about running until 1 1/8 miles. They used to have a stake race at Aqueduct (Display Handicap) at 2 1/4 miles (twice around the oval) and the same horse won it multiple times. (Paraje) He just loved the marathon distance. But he did not win much otherwise.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
His running style dictates 1-1/2 miles OR longer.
LESLIE More than 1 year ago
Not all horses like different surfaces, Matt. It would be interesting to see him in the classic, is it a possibility that he could shorten to 10 furlongs? Orb doesn't like the inside for instance, Riva Ridge didn't like mud (might well have had a triple crown winner a year earlier except for that) among other instances.
Matt More than 1 year ago
quit making excuses!
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
What part of "I'm not making excuses ..." Did you not read?
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
In a country that makes excuses for everything, that wasn't one of them.
Darrin More than 1 year ago
Hey Not Impressed,the horses nowdays suck,and are bred for sprints....27 and change for the final 1/4 in the Belmont proves that.The Yellow Ribbon will be 6f before long.They would only have 1 or 2 females that could even stagger home at 10f...Rags to riches and Winningcolors,and,Zenyatta are females of the past.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
The intelligence or lack there of displayed here is mind boggling at times. What are you ninety? I think the track may have played a role in the final quarter of the Belmont.
B More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the track played a role in the mediocre Belmont, but what the man said is true and you shouldn't be so rude. As everyone knows, we now breed for speed and have for quite a while and it is catching up to us. No more mile and a half JCGC (never mind when it was 2 miles!), no more mile and a half Coaching Club American Oaks, no more mile and a quarter Woodward, no more mile & a quarter Suburban. Jeez, we can't even have a mile and an eighth Mother Goose anymore. So many mile & an eighth races have been reduced to a mile and a sixteenth that it is ridiculous. I really dislike that distance and it is becoming so commonplace in recent years. It's not a distance race (though by today's standards maybe I'm wrong!) and it's not a sprint. It's not anything of importance. With the exception of the "classics", many, if not most, stakes races have been downsized in distance continuously over the years. Just another part of the sport's downhill route. The industry could change this slowly destructive path if it wanted to, but it would take time and there is too much greed in the sport for the masses to collectively join in trying to change things. Eventually, if you want to see truly good horses run long distances, you will have to go to Europe where we sold much of our best long distance stock to.
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
The degradation of the 'Fllies' Belmont', aka the CCA Oaks, is one of greatest the NYRA crimes against tradition. DId you know that in the famous Bobinski-Zamoyski tables of racehorse families, the CCA Oaks was the 3yo filly race was got the designation 'UO', meaning the USA's premier Oaks race? The NYRA treated it like a weekday overnight 'stakes', putting the name on an Alabama prep.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Wow, the Yellow Ribbon used to be 10f, now it's 8.5f? This is why I keep losing interest in a lot of these races. We keep shortening them up for whatever reason instead of leaving them alone. Why can't we have longer races and the BC? I still think the BC has destroyed a lot of the great races around the country. Ridiculous.
LESLIE More than 1 year ago
The female version of the breeders cup classic used to be 10 furlongs, then Lucas got them to shorten it and probably cost him the race the year they did. His filly was proven at 10 furlongs, that years winner wasn't and there was some indication that she might well have been caught at 10 and the Lucas filly missed by a very short margin by running out of time.
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
You have it backwards. The Lukas filly, Winning Colors, was on the lead and the horse who ran her down in the final strides was Personal Ensign, a full sister to a Widerner and Suburban winner (both 10f dirt). At 10f, Personal Ensign, for Shug, would have won by much more were it still at 10f, IMHO.
Curtis Wright More than 1 year ago
The race known for years as the Yellow Ribbon has not been shortened. The original Yellow Ribbon, run at Santa Anita during the Oak Tree meet, has a new name and is still run under the same 10f on turf conditions. The name Yellow Ribbon now is used for what used to be the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar which has been 8.5f on turf for years. The Palomar was lengthened from 8f and before that was 7.5f, a distance no longer contested at Del Mar.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Thank you Curtis! At least someone here thinks before they post.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Amen! And yes, thanks for clarifying that, Curtis.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Thank You. No whinig, no complaining....Just plain old facts...How refreshing.
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
But it is true that many races for females have been reduced in length. Just last year the G1 mares' race at Saratoga was reduced to 9f. The Hempstead used to be 9f, now 8.5f. Meanwhile, 2yo races are being lengthened unnecessarily - the Remsen was once a one-turn mile, so was the Champagne. Two -turn races for 2yos are being carded in August and September! Before we know it, all TB races will be at 1 1/16, like the trotters all go 1 mile. You want boring.....,
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
This is probably the single most informative post I have ever read in the DRF comment section.
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
One day (maybe in the next few years) when Stronach changes the Rodeo Drive Stakes to something else I wonder if another track would pick up Rodeo Drive just as quickly.