04/01/2012 7:54PM

Santa Anita: Calimonco ends losing streak in Sidd Finch Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Calimonco wins the Sidd Finch Stakes by a half-length over Make Music for Me.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Calimonco ended a four-race losing streak in Sunday’s $79,950 Sidd Finch Stakes at Santa Anita, a victory that will result in an appearance in a graded stakes later this month.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Calimonco ($7.20) ran a mile on turf in 1:34.16. He took the lead with a little more than a furlong remaining and held off a late threat from Make Music for Me to win by a half-length. Pacesetter Dewey’s Special finished third in the field of six, losing by 1 1/4 lengths.

Haimish Hy, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 2010, finished fourth, followed by Dancing in Silks, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint; and Donato.

Calimonco was well placed on the backstretch, stalking Dewey’s Special, who set early fractions of 22.64 and 46.02 seconds. Quinonez urged Calimonco closer to Dewey’s Special at the end of the backstretch and raced on the outside of the leader on the turn.

“I thought I moved too soon, but I had to go when the hole opened,” he said. “I didn’t want to go around. When I asked him, he attacked the horse on the lead.”

Calimonco, 6, is by Storm Cat out of Sweet Life and is a full brother to Sweet Catomine, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2004; and Life Is Sweet, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Owned by breeders Marty and Pam Wygod, Calimonco has won 5 of 29 starts and $349,546.

Trainer John Sadler said Calimonco will be pointed to  the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on April 27 or the $150,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on April 28.