12/18/2011 7:28PM

Hollywood Park: Stud plans for Calimonco put on hold

Benoit & Associates
Calimonco, winning the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar, could make his next start in the Daytona at Santa Anita on Jan. 8.

The Del Mar stakes winner Calimonco will remain in training in 2012, postponing for at least a year a scheduled trip to stud, trainer John Sadler said on Sunday.

The decision was made after Calimonco finished third in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26, 2 3/4 lengths behind Jeranimo.

“He ran so well in the Citation,” Sadler said. “We talked a little bit and the plan is to go one more year.”

Sadler said that the $100,000 Daytona Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Jan. 8 could be Calimonco’s next start.

“We have a lot of options,” he said.

Owned by breeder Marty Wygod and Don Cohn’s Ballena Vista Farm, Calimonco has won 4 of 27 starts and $294,466. He won the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar in July. Calimonco was expected to go to stud at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.

By top stallion Storm Cat, he is a full brother to the 2004 champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies that year; and Life Is Sweet, the winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.