The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Sports Columns

June 9, 2013

What horse racing is really about

I love horse racing. Sometimes I watch it on HRTV or TVG when I don’t know the horses competing.

So, of course, I watch the Triple Crown races, including Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Congrats go to Palace Malice, who won that race and capped a really entertaining series that produced three different winners.

But what horse racing really embodies, for me, happened the day before at Belmont Park on a sloppy track during the running of the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap.

That race revolved around a 10-year-old horse named Calidoscopio, who previously won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon and was bred in Argentina.

When this eight-horse field hit the half-mile pole, a third of the way through the race, Calidoscopio, ridden by Aaron Gryder, was 22 lengths off the lead and about a dozen in back of the seventh place horse. He was so far behind that the cameraman lost track of him during much of the race.

But as the field turned for home, Calidoscopio began to make his move.

“He wasn’t even in the race and before you know it, he started gobbling up ground,” the horse’s trainer Mike Puype told Claire Novak of the Bloodhorse magazine. “He absolutely just exploded when it was time to do his thing. I couldn’t be happier. Belmont is such a long track. You have so much running to do here. Aaron hit him left-handed and got him in the sweet part of the track. He got them at the right time.”

This was no collection of nags that Calidoscopio had to catch. One of those horses in front of him was 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice. But by the far turn, Calidoscopio had completed most of his trip back into contention. Not far past the top of the stretch it was only a matter of whether he had enough time to catch leader Purcussion, who was trying to wire the field.

Text Only
Sports Columns
AP Video
LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's 49ers Open Posh, High-tech Stadium in California Jeter, Trout Lead AL to All-Star Game Win Kluwe: I Hope Vikings Make Investigation Public College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Argentina Fans Sad but Proud in Loss Germany Wins the World Cup 1-0 Raw: German Players Head to World Cup Final LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Raw: Fans Gather for Argentina-Netherlands Match Froome Crashes Out on Bumpy 5th Tour Stage Sterling Testifies in Los Angeles Clippers Trial
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Pacers match Portland's offer sheet to center Roy Hibbert?

Yes, Hibbert is important to the team and the community
No, four years and $58 million is too much
Not sure, I like Hibbert but think the money could be better spent elsewhere
     View Results