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MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER DHAAMER & BREEDERS’ CUP CHAMP, 10-YEAR-OLD CALIDOSCOPIO HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP AT 1 ½ MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2013)—Idle since running second, beaten a neck, in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 25, multiple stakes winning Dhaamer joins 10-year-old Argentine-bred Calidoscopio, idle since winning the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Marathon on Nov. 2, atop a field of eight veterans set to contest Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles on the main track.
Although four out of his five lifetime wins have been on turf, Dhaamer, a 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding trained by Mike Mitchell, was second, beaten a neck, in last year’s Tokyo City, which was his U.S. debut.
A winner of the Grade III Sunset Handicap going 1 ½ miles on turf July 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Dhaamer will be making only his second career start on dirt this Saturday.
Calidoscopio shocked the racing world by winning the 1 ¾ miles Breeders’ Cup Marathon at odds of 17-1 in his U.S. debut. Twenty lengths off the pace after six furlongs, Aaron Gryder orchestrated a last-to-first run that resulted in a Beyer Speed figure of 99 and Calidoscopio’s third win from four starts last year.
The complete field, from the rail out for Saturday’s Grade III Tokyo City Cup is as follows:
Dreamcatcher, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit, has recency in his corner as he comes off a fourth place finish going 1 1/8 miles on turf March 3. A solid third, beaten one length in a similar second-condition allowance going 1 ¼ miles on turf Jan. 6, the John Sadler trainee won a first-condition allowance at that distance on Nov. 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms and Jim Bashor, Dreamcatcher will be trying natural dirt for the first time on Saturday. Primarily on turf, he has demonstrated an ability to sit mid-pack or make a run from well off the pace. With $117,530 in earnings, his record stands at 11-2-2-2.
Sky Kingdom will be making his third start off a layoff for Bob Baffert and should be considered armed and dangerous in the Tokyo City. Idle since he was well beaten at 7-2 in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4, 2012, he was a game winner of a second condition allowance going a mile over a wet fast track on Jan. 24. Following that race, he came back to run an even third in a classified allowance going a mile on Feb. 22.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Empire Maker, Sky Kingdom is owned by Westrock Stables LLC and will again be ridden by Martin Garcia, who has been aboard in his last four starts—winning twice. Look for him to be forwardly placed in his first attempt beyond a mile and a sixteenth. Sky Kingdom’s record stands at 8-3-0-1, with earnings of $173,730.
Claimed by trainer Dan Hendricks for $32,000 on Jan. 12, Batti Man was subsequently second, beaten a half length stretching out in a first condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 22 and appears to be the fastest horse early in the Tokyo City. With Joe Talamo aboard, he opened up by three lengths going by the half mile pole in his most recent and had two-length advantage at the top of the stretch.
With Talamo committed to Dreamcatcher, Brice Blanc will try his hand for the first time aboard the 5-year-old Argentine-bred gelding. Both of his lifetime wins have come on natural dirt and he’ll be going a route of ground for the second time in his career.
Owned by Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables, Batti Man has an overall mark of 14-2-3-3, with earnings of $75,944.
Trained by Craig Dollase, Oilisblackgold has the distinction of earning the highest last-out Beyer Speed figure in the Tokyo City, as he was assigned a 100 Beyer for winning a second condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles on Feb 24. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Tapit, he has been first or second, primarily pressing the pace, in three out of his last four starts.
Well beaten at 17-1 in the Grade II Strub Stakes in 2011, Oilisblackgold will be making his second stakes start on Saturday. In his only other marathon try, he sat second early and ended up fourth, beaten two lengths, in a first condition allowance going 1 ¼ miles on turf at Santa Anita on March 24, 2012.
Owned by Class Racing Stable, Oilisblackgold has earned $218,240 from an overall mark of 24-3-6-5.
Sold privately following his win in the Grade III, 1 ½ miles Cougar II Handicap run on Polytrack at Del Mar July 27, veteran Richard’s Kid will attempt to put the brakes on a six game losing streak in the Tokyo City.
A dedicated deep closer, he was last early in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, but made little impact, finishing sixth, beaten 11 ¾ lengths by runaway winner Game On Dude.
Tyler Baze will again ride the 8-year-old Maryland-bred horse by Lemon Drop Kid and will no doubt employ similar tactics in the hopes the veteran stakes winner will come flying the final quarter mile.
Trained by Doug O’Neill and owned by Dan Kenney, Triple B Farms, Westside Rentals.com and partners, Richard’s Kid, a winner of the Grade I Pacific Classic in 2009 and second to Game On Dude in last year’s Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, has earnings of $2,301,885 from an overall mark of 41-11-3-9. He has a win, a second and a third-place finish from three tries at 1 ½ miles.
Following his Breeders’ Cup Marathon victory, Calidoscopio was transferred from Argentine trainer Guillermo Frankel to Mike Puype’s barn at Santa Anita. Beginning with a five furlong breeze on Jan. 1, the 10-year-old veteran has had six recorded works in preparation for the Tokyo City Cup, and condition may be a question with bigger “fish to fry” on the horizon.
Ridden to perfection by Gryder on Nov. 2, Calidoscopio comes off a tremendous year and his connections no doubt again have the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November at Santa Anita as their ultimate objective in 2013.
Owned by Stud Dona Pancha, Calidoscopio is indeed a racing rarity, a 10-year-old in peak form who remains a stallion prospect. With nine of his 10 career wins coming on natural dirt, his complete record stands at 40-10-5-8, with earnings of $803,282.
Eased in the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Marathon on Nov. 2, Jaycito came back to win a classified allowance going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park. In his next start, he was eased again in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 5.
Transferred from Bob Baffert to Simon Callaghan following the San Pasqual and the result was similar going a mile on turf in a third condition allowance Feb. 28, as the 5-year-old gelding by Victory Gallop was last throughout and was beaten 28 lengths.
A winner of the Grade I Norfolk Stakes at two, Jaycito, owned by Zayat Stables LLC, is obviously in search of a form reversal. With an overall record of 15-3-4-1, he is still looking for his first lifetime win on natural dirt. He has earnings of $383,520.
Although a stakes winner in two out of his last four starts, all of them on turf, his second place finish in last year’s Tokyo City Cup should dispel questions about his ability to handle Santa Anita’s main track although he’ll be making only his second career start on natural dirt.
Two necks shy of being four for five in America, Mike Mitchell has done an outstanding job in plotting a successful course for the Irish-bred gelding. Ensconced with Mitchell at Santa Anita all winter, he has had a series of six works, all on dirt, dating back to Feb. 4. Given the fact he’s making his first start off a seven month layoff, condition could also be a question with Dhaamer.
Owned by Jay Manoogian and Edward Brown, Jr., Dhaamer has $214,272 in earnings from an overall mark of 15-5-3-1.
The complete field for the Grade III Tokyo City Cup, to be run as the seventh on a nine-race program with jockeys and weights in post position order: Dreamcatcher, Joe Talamo, 118; Sky Kingdom, Martin Garcia, 118; Batti Man, Brice Blanc, 118; Oilisblackgold, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Richard’s Kid, Tyler Baze, 120; Calidoscopio, Aaron Gryder, 123; Jaycito, Alonso Quinonez, 118, and Dhaamer, Rafael Bejarano, 120.
First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. For additional racing information, visit www.santaanita.com.