Mayakovsky Sizzles 6 Furlongs in 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita

Mayakovsky, who broke Saratoga's 5-furlong track record in his career debut before finishing second to Came Home in the Hopeful Stakes, displayed some of that blazing speed Thursday morning, working 6 furlongs in a bullet 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita.

Mayakovsky, owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Patrick Louis Biancone, may make his 3-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes on March 17. Another option would be the one-mile Gotham Stakes the same day. In his first start last July, he lowered the 5 1/2-furlong record at Saratoga by defeating Thunderello by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:03 1/5. An injury following the Hopeful sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

At Payson Park Thursday, the Bill Mott-trained Listen Here, winner of the Nashua Stakes at Belmont last fall, breezed a solid 5 furlongs in 1:03.

In Florida Derby news, trainer Mark Hennig said he's considering running both Monthir and Personal Reward in the 1 1/8-mile race on March 16. Monthir, runner-up in the Hutcheson Stakes, is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Nokoma in an allowance race. Personal Reward is an improving son of Personal Hope who has won his last two starts, including a mile and 70-yard allowance score in his most recent start.

"Personal Reward is doing awfully well at this time and I really have nowhere else to run him," Hennig said.

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