Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes might not live up to the finish on Friday afternoon in the Brooklyn Handicap, one of several high-profile races run at Belmont Park the day before the last leg of the Triple Crown.
Before a national television audience on the NBC Sports Network, the $700,000 Grade II Brooklyn Handicap saw 7-1 Calidoscopio pull off not just an upset but perhaps one of the greatest closes in racing history. Down 22 lengths at the midway point of the 1 ½ mile Brooklyn Handicap, jockey Aaron Gryder was out of the picture for much of the race. Focused primarily on early leader Percussion and big name Ruler on Ice, the track announcer said of Calidoscopio that “he was way out of the race right now” at the halfway point.
“Right now” is not how the race finished.
Out of the race from nearly the first turn, Gryder made a move on his Argentine ride ahead of the final push on the sloppy track and worked his way toward the middle ofRead More »from Belmont Stakes warmup sees stunning come-from-behind finish (video)