03/24/2013 5:09PM

Santa Anita: Calidoscopio raced in Tokyo City Cup with minor injury

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Tokyo City Cup winner Sky Kingdom is likely to switch from dirt to turf for the San Juan Capistrano Handicap on April 21.

Calidoscopio, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon here last November, finished fifth in Saturday’s Tokyo City Cup despite grabbing a quarter in training the previous day, trainer Mike Puype said.

Puype said Calidoscopio was evaluated and a decision made that he was capable of running.

“I thought we’d done enough” treatment, Puype said. “I would have scratched him if I didn’t think he was good.”

A 10-year-old Argentine-bred horse, Calidoscopio, the 5-2 favorite, finished 9 1/2 lengths behind race winner Sky Kingdom, closing from last to be nearest to the leader at the finish.

“The pace was dawdling,” Puype said. “They walked and kicked home.”

Sunday, Puype’s focus was improving the condition of Calidoscopio’s foot.

“His foot is really sore today,” Puype said. “I’ve got to get the soreness out.”

Sky Kingdom, trained by Baffert, could make his next start on turf, possibly in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf on April 21. By Empire Maker out of the Kingmambo mare Sky Beam, Sky Kingdom won his first stakes in the Tokyo City.

“He’s bred for the grass,” Baffert said.

Baffert had two wins on Saturday. He won a seven-furlong maiden race with Zee Bros, a colt by Brother Derek.

Zee Bros won by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:22.08, earning a strong Beyer Speed Figure of 101. “He’s fast,” Baffert said.

Code West, second in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Code West will start as a top contender in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.