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Breeders Cup 2015

Calimonco Outsmarts His Rivals

If I.Q. means anything, Calimonco has an edge over his rivals in Saturday’s Grade II Oak Tree Mile.

“He’s highly intelligent,” said Larry Benavidez, long-time assistant to trainer John Sadler, who is in Kentucky today preparing stakes charges for the opening of the Keeneland meet. “On his stall at Del Mar, we have a sign,” Benavidez continued: “STAY AWAY. I BITE HARD.” He’ll do that, especially if you have a helmet on.”

Antics aside, Sadler expects another solid effort from the 5-year-old Storm Cat horse in the turf event that offers $150,000 in guaranteed money.

“He ran very well in the Del Mar Mile (third, beaten a half-length on Aug. 27),” Sadler said before his departure. “It was really a good third. He lacked a little racing room at the quarter pole but ran a good, strong race. He didn’t get beat (by) very much.”

Owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod, Calimonco has a 4-7-6 record from 25 starts with earnings of $264,466.

The field for the Oak Tree Mile, Saturday’s ninth race: Victory Pete, Jose Valdivia Jr; El Gato Malo, David Flores; John Johny Jak, Rafael Bejarano; Blue Chagall, Hector Berrios; Jeranimo, Martin Garcia; Mr. Commons, Mike Smith; Crown of Thorns, Alonso Quinonez; Calimonco, Victor Espinoza; and Monterey Jazz, Joe Talamo.



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