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BC Marathon Winner Calidoscopio Nears Return

Argentine 10-year-old, now trained by Mike Puype, posts bullet drill at Santa Anita.

Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) winner Calidoscopio is preparing for his 10-year-old debut next month at Santa Anita Park under the guidance of trainer Mike Puype.

Stud Dona Pancha's Argentina-bred horse by Luhuk won the Nov. 2 Marathon at 1 3/4 miles by 4 1/4 lengths in a 17-1 upset at Santa Anita. Trained at the time by Guillermo "Bebe" Frenkel, Calidoscopio was transferred to Puype for his 2013 campaign in the United States.

Calidoscopio, an eight-time grade stakes winner, has had three works since Dec. 21. He produced a bullet move in his most recent Jan. 9 over a fast Santa Anita main track, covering five furlongs in 1:00 flat. It was the quickest of 36 drills at the distance on the morning.

"We'll look at the San Antonio (gr. II) and then if all goes well the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I)," Puype said.

The San Antonio, at 1 1/8 miles, is Feb. 3. The 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap is March 2.

Calidoscopio, who became the first horse to win a Breeders' Cup event after having last raced in South America, owns a 10-5-8 mark in 40 lifetime starts with earnings of $853,154.

In running away with the Marathon, he was timed in 2:56.25.