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Calidoscopio Keeps Ticking in Brooklyn Handicap

Calidoscopio, you’re just the second 10-year old to win a graded stakes race in North America. What would you say to anyone who doubted you?
 
 
My body’s old but it ain’t impaired/ I don’t need no rockin’ chair!
 
 
But Calidoscopio, most horses your age are enjoying the easy life. Kicking back, relaxing, courting a few mares…Aren’t you looking forward to those things?
 
 
Retirement don’t fit in my plan.
 
 
So no retirement. The goal for the year is obviously the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, but you’re not getting any younger. You’ve already had a minor injury this year. Is it wise for you to keep going?
 
 
I ain’t ready for the junkyard yet/ ‘Cause I still feel like a new Corvette.
 
 
After today’s performance, feeling like a new Corvette is certainly a fitting description. You accelerated from 0 to 40 in a matter of strides, and stopped the clock in 2.31:84, which is about on par with Eldaafer’s time in this race back in 2009 but not even close to the average win time at this distance.
 
 
It might take a little longer but I’ll get there.
 
 
You have certainly made it clear that your age has not diminished your ability on the track. Thank you for taking the time to give this playful interview.
 
 
There you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. You might think Calidoscopio should be put out to pasture, but it’s clear that he has other ideas. At 10-years old, he’s much like the energizer bunny in that he just keeps going…and going…and going…If you thought his Breeders’ Cup Marathon victory back in November was a fluke, his last to first victory in today’s Brooklyn Handicap in the slop should prove otherwise. Look for him to keep racing and winning because I doubt there’s a horse in the country that can go with him at 12 furlongs, even whichever young whippersnapper happens to win tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes

 

What the Nation is saying about Calidoscopio Keeps Ticking in Brooklyn Handicap...

Florida Filly, you're a doll. Great post and keep up the good work.
That was an amazing run by Calidiscopio!
I don't know that he's necessarily as good on turf, but fellow blogger Matt and I were talking about possibly seeing on the grass vs. Point of Entry going 12 furlongs. It would be interesting if nothing else.
Its too bad there are not more 12+ furlong dirt races. This seasoned veteran would certainly continue to make a name for himself.
Smart boy!

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.