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Calidoscopio Rallies From Far Back to Win Brooklyn Handicap; Souper Speedy Promoted to Victory Over Stablemate in Jaipur

By Jon Forbes | 06/07/2013 07:09 PM ET
PHOTO/Adam Coglianese

Calidoscopio may have needed a telescope to see the leaders along the backstretch, but the long-fused 10-year-old erased a 22-length deficit with a dramatic stretch run to win the 125th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap on Friday at Belmont Park.

An Argentine import who won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon last November, Calidoscopio took his customary spot at the back of the pack as the field ran into the clubhouse turn of the 1 ½-mile race.

Aaron Ryder began to scrub on Calidoscopio at the half-mile pole, and his mount pulled within 5 ½ lengths with a quarter-mile to travel.

Pacesetter Percussion repulsed a bid from Fast Falcon at the head of the stretch as Calidoscopio continued his charge, racing down the center of the track. With 30 yards to travel, Calidoscopio forged to the front en route to a one-length triumph.

“He gallops pretty much for the first mile, mile-and-an-eighth, and then from that point on, we pick it up and he just continues to grow in his stride,” said Gryder. “I felt good at the three-eighths pole. I’m sure, visually, it didn’t look that impressive, but I know he just keeps getting stronger. At the eighth pole, I said, ‘I think I can get there,’ and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘I’m going to run them down.’ He’s such a character. He’s been racing for eight years and he’s seen it all.”

Calidoscopio, owned by Dona Pancha, completed the distance over the sloppy main track in 2:31.64. Off at 7-1, he returned $17 for a $2 win wager.

In Argentina, Calidoscopio won eight stakes, including the 2009 Group 1 Republica Argentina via disqualification. He came to the United States to win the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in his final start for trainer Guillermo Frankel, then was transferred to Southern California-based conditioner Mike Puype. In his only other start for Puype, the son of Luhuk was fifth in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup on March 23 at Santa Anita.

Calidoscopio improved his record to 11-5-8 in 42 starts. He has now earned $975,154, including $120,000 for his Brooklyn win.

Fast Falcon was third, followed by Keep Me Informed, Ruler On Ice, Flashy Sunrise, Birdrun, and Quick Casablanca.

In the $150,000 Jaipur, favored Souper Speedy was promoted to victory in the seven-furlong sprint, which was contested on the main track after being transferred from the Widener turf course.

One of three main-track-only starters in the field, Souper Speedy was kept in the clear by jockey Jose Lezcano as he raced in fourth on the backstretch. After advancing into third nearing the half-mile pole and second by the five-sixteenths, Souper Speedy set his sights on his stablemate, pacesetter Big Screen.

Souper Speedy steadily drew closer to Big Screen, who drifted outward. After the tandem brushed in the waning strides, Big Screen hit the wire a head in front of Souper Speedy.

The stewards called for an inquiry and disqualified Big Screen, placing him second and awarding the victory to Souper Speedy, who is trained by Tom Albertrani for Live Oak Plantation.

“Both horses were actually in a good spot if the races came off the turf,” said trainer Albertrani. For me, I couldn’t separate either one of them before the race. I knew both of them were going to be very, very tough together. I was actually hoping for a dead heat in the final strides. Unfortunately, [Big Screen] got taken down. I had one happy owner for a couple of minutes, and then vice versa. They both ran well.”

Souper Speedy, a homebred son of Indian Charlie and a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Brilliant Speed, returned $5.10 for a $2 win wager. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:22.09.

With the victory, Souper Speedy’s record stands at 3-2-1 in seven starts. The $90,000 winner’s share of the Jaipur purse lifted his earnings to $231,634.

Politicallycorrect was third, followed by Reload and Next Question. Mr. Commons, Beau Choix, Night Officer, Spring to the Sky, Summer Breezing, Artest, and Joes Blazing Aaron were scratched.


Brooklyn/Belmont Double Will Pays


The following are the $2 Brooklyn/Belmont Double payouts for Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap winner Calidoscopio (No. 4) with:

No. 1 – Frac Daddy, $799

No. 2 – Freedom Child, $129.50

No. 3 – Overanalyze, $182.00

No. 4 – Giant Finish, $800.00

No. 5 – Orb, $44.60

No. 6 – Incognito, $342.50

No. 7 – Oxbow, $241.00

No. 8 – Midnight Taboo, $828.00

No. 9 – Revolutionary, $102.50

No. 10 – Will Take Charge, $430.00

No. 11 – Vyjack, $403.00

No. 12 – Palace Malice, $242.00

No. 13 – Unlimited Budget, $235.50

No. 14 – Golden Soul, $171.00