Photo: Hollywood Park
Larry Benavidez, assistant to trainer John Sadler, hopes to
dismiss the last outing by Calimonco, entered in the $250,000 Citation Handicap
at 1 1/16 miles on turf Saturday.
“We’re at a loss to explain his last race; it was a big
disappointment,” said Benavidez Wednesday in reference to a seventh-place
finish, beaten by 16 lengths, in the Oak Tree Mile on October 8.
Calimonco looked like a horse on the stakes rise after his
previous two starts: a victory in the Wickerr Stakes and a game third-place
finish in the Del Mar Mile, both on the Del Mar turf.
Calimonco, a royally-bred 5-year-old horse by Storm Cat out
of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life, is a full brother to Breeders’ Cup winners
Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet.
A homebred owned by Pam and Marty Wygod, Calimonco drew the
rail in a field of nine and will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith in
the Citation. Oak Tree Mile winner Jeranimo, the probable favorite, drew post
two with Garrett Gomez under high weight of 122 pounds.