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Calidoscopio winning the Breeders' Cup Marathon. Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

Hace poco más de un año, partió de la Argentina Calidoscopio: la esperanza albiceleste para el Breeders´Cup Marathon.

El caballo de nueve años, con seis previas temporadas completas en las pistas, había sacado pasaporte para cruzar la cordillera tras vencer en Palermo por dos cuerpos en el Clásico Belgrano, prueba clasificatoria para el Marathon. 

El Belgrano, celebrado en Junio, representaba únicamente su tercera actuación del 2012 por lo que llegaba fresco.

Calidoscopio había partido de Argentina un 15 de agosto, y recién el 25 de setiembre, un mes después de haber desembarcado en el stud de Mike Puype en Hollywood Park, el hijo de Luhuk cumplía con su primer ensayo de cara al "Marathon", que estaba cada vez más cerca y a sólo 36 días.

Por entonces la aventura parecía complicada. Detalles logisticos habían retrasado la preparación de Calidoscopio. Mientras tanto sólo lo podían caminar, sin pisar la cancha, que además estuvo cerrada por algunos días para recibir mantenimiento. Sin embargo, su peón Adrián Torres y su galopador Mario Londaitz no se desanimaban y mantenían la ilusión de llegar a la "Marathon". Poco días después llegaría de Buenos Aires su preparador, el carismático Guillermo Frenkel Santillán y junto con él, su asistente Miguel Cafere. Con el equipo ya completo, ajustaron los relojes y consultaron por un jockey. Puype recomendó al experimentado Aaron Gryder y empezaron los ensayos.

Llegó la tarde del 1ro. de Noviembre en Santa Anita y fiel a su modalidad, Gryder no lo contrarió y trajo a Calidoscopio último lejos del puntero Jaycito y sólo tras pasar los primeros 1,400, comenzó entonces a descontar. Pocos segundos después, allá por el poste de los últimos 600 se aclaró todo y apareció el "Ovni¨con su tranco arrollador.

GRYDER CELEBRATES WINNING THE MARATHON

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

¡Argentina!...¡Argentina!...¡Argentina!...fue el grito de un centenar de hinchas albicelestes que tampoco habían cruzado la cordillera en vano. Habían llegado a alentar a su engreído y Calidoscopio se hizo presente en los tramos postreros logrando una desbordante hazaña y consiguiendo para su elevage de origen una relevancia nunca antes alcanzada, pues a sus nueve años, Calidoscopio se convertía en el caballo con más edad en ganar una Breeders´Cup y en el primero entrenado en Argentina. Antes que Calidoscopio, los argentinos Bayakoa, dos veces (1989-´90), Paseana (1992) e Invasor (2006) también habían dejado su huella.

CALIDOSCOPIO'S CONNECTIONS IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

Pasaron los merecidos festejos del Marathon y Calidoscopio permaneció al cuidado de Puype.  Tras un fallido quinto puesto en Santa Anita, Calidoscopio volvería a dar espectáculo. Esta vez, sería con ocasión del Brooklyn Handicap, el último mes de Junio en Belmont Park. Una vez mas, Calidoscopio, despreocupado del tren de carrera impuesto esta vez por Percussion, corría último dando serias ventajas. Y una vez más, en una tarde gris y lluviosa, Calidoscopio descendió de las nubes y apareció como un luminoso "Ovni" para pasar de largo en la recta y llevarse una nueva, aplaudida  y espectacular victoria.

Poco después llegó el anuncio de su retiro al Haras La Quebrada, lugar que lo vio nacer. El caballo argentino que en Gryder encontró a su socio perfecto, se despidió de las pistas por la puerta grande llevándose con él una nueva ola de seguidores que aplaudieron su gloria y fueron testigos de su arrolladora estela de cometa. 

Según algunos analistas, la comparación entre las edades equinas y humanas anda en una proporción promedio de 4 a 1. Es decir, cuando Calidoscopio ganó la "Marathon" estaba en unos 35 o 36 años de un atleta humano, lo cual ya no es poco decir. A su favor tenía la experiencia y la paciencia. Pablo Falero, quien lo conducía en Palermo, había encontrado la manera correcta; sabía que al caballo le gustaba venir desentendido, respirando sin prisa, y arreciar girando la última curva. Aaron Gryder lo escuchó y luego se lo agradeció públicamente.

Añejo, como los mejores viñedos argentinos, los que deslumbran al mundo con su calidad. Cuando tenía 4 años, unos australianos descartaron comprarlo porque tenía muchas figuraciones y pocos triunfos. No sabían que lo mejor estaba recién por destaparse.

CALIDOSCOPIO WINS HIS FINAL CAREER START

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Photo courtesy of Coglinese Photos

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Calidoscopio: The UFO from Argentina

A little more than a year ago, Calidoscopio departed from Argentina: the white and sky blue hope for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

The 9-year-old horse, with six previous full racing seasons on the track in his native country, had been granted his passport to cross the Andes after scoring by two lengths at Palermo Racecourse in the Clasico Belgrano, a qualifying “Win and You’re In” event for the Marathon.

The Belgrano, held in June, represented only his third start of 2012, so he arrived fresh.

Calidoscopio had left Argentina on Aug.15, but it wasn’t until Sept. 25, a month after arriving at Mike Puype’s stable at Hollywood Park, that the son of Luhuk stepped on the racing track for his first workout ahead of the Marathon, which was inching closer and was only 36 days away.

By then the adventure seemed complicated. Logistical details had delayed the preparation of Calidoscopio. Meanwhile, he could only walk without going to the track, which was also closed for several days for maintenance. However, his groom, Adrian Torres, and exercise rider, Mario Londaitz, were not discouraged and kept the dream alive of reaching the Marathon.

A few days later his trainer, the charismatic Guillermo Frenkel Santillan, along with his assistant, Miguel Cafere, arrived from Buenos Aires. With the team already complete, clocks were tightened and a jockey was requested. Puype recommended the experienced Aaron Gryder and rehearsals began.

The afternoon of Nov. 1 arrived at Santa Anita and, true to form, Gryder let him relax and placed Calidoscopio in last, a long way behind pacesetter Jaycito. After completing the opening seven eighths of a mile, he commenced his run. Leaving the three-quarter pole, he began to advance and swung out six wide straightening into the stretch, when suddenly everything cleared and the UFO came with his sweeping stride.

GRYDER CELEBRATES WINNING THE MARATHON

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

“Argentina! Argentina! Argentina!” was the cry of hundreds of Argentine fans who also had crossed the Andes, not in vain. They had come to cheer one of their favorites, and Calidoscopio made his presence felt in the closing strides to accomplish an amazing feat and an achievement for his bloodlines. At nine, Calidoscopio became the oldest horse to capture a Breeders’ Cup event as well as the first victor trained in Argentina. Before Calidoscopio, Argentine-breds Bayakoa (twice 1989-’90 ), Paseana (1992) and Invasor (2006) had also left their mark with Breeders’ Cup triumphs.

CALIDOSCOPIO'S CONNECTIONS IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

Deserved celebrations of the Marathon passed and Calidoscopio remained in Puype’s care. After a failed fifth-place finish at Santa Anita, Calidoscopio would give a new show. This time, it would be in the Brooklyn Handicap in June at Belmont Park.

Calidoscopio, dropping well back from the opposition between calls and a long way back from the pace established by Percussion, ran last early in the Brooklyn, unhurried and giving a serious amount of ground. And once again, on a gray and rainy afternoon, Calidoscopio descended from the clouds and appeared as a bright UFO to pass his rivals and gain another spectacular victory.

Soon after came the announcement of his retirement to Haras La Quebrada, his birthplace. The Argentine horse found in Gryder his perfect partner and walked away from racing through the front door, taking with him a new wave of fans who savored and applauded his glory and witnessed his sweeping comet trail.

According to some analysts, the comparison between equine and human ages computes to an average ratio of about 4-to-1. That is, when Calidoscopio won the Marathon, he was about 35 or 36 years of age for a human athlete, which is no understatement. To his credit, he utilized his talent, experience and patience to become a Breeders’ Cup winner.

Pablo Falero, who was his regular pilot at Palermo, had found the right style; he knew that the horse liked to become disengaged, saving his energy before accelerating on the far turn. Aaron Gryder followed his instructions and then thanked Falero publicly.

Calidoscopio improved with age as do the best Argentinean vineyards, which dazzle the world with their quality. When he was a 4-year-old, some Australian buyers ruled out purchasing him because he had many placings but few triumphs. They did not know that the best in Calidoscopio had yet to be uncovered.

CALIDOSCOPIO WINS HIS FINAL CAREER START

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Photo courtesy of Coglinese Photos


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Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

Image Description

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

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