Calidoscopio- Brooklyn Handicap Winner From Way Back

Calidoscopio Win Serves as Life Lesson

CalidoscopioSometimes we all feel a little down and out. Like no matter what we do, we just can’t win. Like there’s no way we could ever “catch up” and “get ahead”. In a world full of obstacles and impossible odds, its easy to just give in and give up. Tell that to 10 year old Brooklyn Handicap winner, Calidoscopio. He’ll probably just laugh at you.

On Friday, June 7th, a field of 8 horses entered the starting gate for the 2013 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. Set at 1 1/2 miles, this $200,000 Grade 2 race was for 3 year olds and up and catered to horses like 2011 Belmont Stakes winner, Ruler on Ice. At 10 years old, Calidoscopio was the “old man” of the bunch and was easily overlooked by the betting public. This did not matter to Calidoscopio. In the history of North American racing only one horse had ever won a graded stakes race at his age. This did not matter to Calidoscopio. No horse his age in North American racing had ever won a graded stakes race on the dirt. This did not matter to Calidoscopio. Today, he was just another horse in just another race and he was going to run it at his own pace. He was going to do it his way.

When the starting gate flew open and the field took charge down the track, Calidoscopio had a full view of them as they left. He was all alone and as the pack drifted further and further ahead of him, it would have been easy to duck his head in shame and allow the other younger horses to dominate him. In fact, at one point he was 30 lengths out of it. It could have been real easy to just give up. All the excuses would have made it acceptable. He was too old. He was too slow. The track was sloppy and favored speed horses. People would understand if he couldn’t win this. None of these excuses mattered to Calidoscopio.

Calidoscopio From Out of the Clouds

What did matter to this horse was not giving up, no matter what excuses he could have used for losing. The 10 year old saw the odds and obstacles that were in front of him and made up his mind that it wasn’t acceptable to lose. As he began to gain ground around the half mile pole, Calidoscopio resolved not to quit and with that resolution he found it easier to move forward. With each stride, he found that his age did not matter. As he kicked up the sloppy track beneath him, he realized that his position in this race did not matter.  What mattered was that he could prove everyone wrong; not for their sake, but for his.

By the head of the stretch, Calidoscopio was gaining ground and passing up rivals. Each step was perpetual motion towards his goal- to win this race. With horses in front of him, he shifted 6 wide without losing momentum and plunged forward. Before he knew it, the pace setter, Percussion was within striking distance… then beside him… then behind him. Calidoscopio had won the 2013 Brooklyn Handicap in an unbelievable come from behind like no other.

Live Life Like Calidoscopio

Calidoscopio Wins Brooklyn HandicapCalidoscopio is a great example of why I love horse racing. His determination, despite the odds, is the way we should all live our lives. No matter what obstacles and hindrances are put before us, we should never allow excuses to rule who we are and what we can do. This horse shows us that even when we are “behind” or overwhelmed by our circumstances, each stride forward puts those problems further and further behind us. My hats off to you, Calidoscopio. We could all learn from your example.






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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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6 Responses to “Calidoscopio- Brooklyn Handicap Winner From Way Back”

  1. Ross says:

    Can you tell me who the announcer is in this clip? This is I believe NBC Sports’ coverage but I can’t figure out who’s calling the race.

  2. Ross says:

    OK no problem, thank you for the quick response.

  3. Ross says:

    OK great. I don’t know their voices, but it seems like maybe it’s Mike Battaglia or Tom Hammond?

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