Thoroughbred Racing

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Azeri to Make Next Start in Del Mar's Hirsch

The long-awaited decision on where Horse of the Year Azeri will run next has been made. The 5-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter will run for a second straight year in the grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Ten Most Wanted Works in Blinkers for Travers

Grade II winner Ten Most Wanted worked for the first time since his runner-up finish in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, logging a bullet half-mile in :47 4/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning . Trainer Wally Dollase caught the son of Deputy Commander in :11 for the final eighth.

Jockey Mark Johnston Returns to Maryland

Jockey Mark Johnston, the third leading rider in Maryland history, has decided to return to Pimlico and Laurel Park on a fulltime basis after spending the spring on the Southern California circuit.

Retirement Considered for Kona Gold

Trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday that he is considering retiring his 9-year-old warrior Kona Gold, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award as America's finest sprinter that year.

Ignored Megahertz Wins Mabee for Frankel

Michael Bello's Megahertz, overlooked in the wagering at a generous 8-1, rallied from last place under Alex Solis to win the featured $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) Sunday, taking a four-horse blanket finish that resulted in a triple dead-heat for second place.

Lady Tak Turns Table on Bird Town in Test

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Lady Tak hit the stretch in front with jockey Jerry Bailey in the saddle and kicked away from Bird Town for a convincing 4 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

Owsley Sets Modesty Record

Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley made a three-wide move at the top of the stretch to take the lead and hold sway for a one-length victory in the $150,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares Saturday at Arlington Park.

Beau's Town Flashes to Crosby Victory for Norman

Midwestern invader Beau's Town, impressively handled by Patrick Valenzuela, blazed to an impressive 1 1/2-length victory in the $191,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) over a strong group of older sprinters.

Supah Blitz Wins at Sloppy Calder

Supah Blitz dominated the $50,000 Roman Brother Stakes at Calder Saturday, defeating The Name's Bond by 4 ¾ lengths in the 1 1/16-mile race, which was taken off the turf after late morning rains.

Honor In War Victorious in Arlington Handicap

Favored Honor In War and jockey David Flores wore down Della Francesca in the mid-stretch and held off a relentless Better Talk Now to post a neck victory in Saturday's $250,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT), the major local prep for the Arlington Million Aug. 16.

152 Bettors Cash in on $2.4 Million Pick Six

Watson and Weitman Performances' Dirty Diana, another 2-year-old speedster from the talent-rich barn of perennial Del Mar champion trainer Bob Baffert, turned in an impressive triumph in the $125,000 CTBA Stakes. A $2.4 million Pick Six carryover was split among 152 tickets.

Frankel, Bailey Can Keep it Going with Sightseek

One week after winning Belmont's Mother Goose (gr. I) with Spoken Fur and the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) with Wild Spirit, the Hall of Fame combination of trainer Bobby Frankel and jockey Jerry Bailey join forces for Sunday's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) with the immensely talented Sightseek.

Trademark Takes Bernard Baruch

Finding a hole off the rail just after turning for home, Trademark showed a devastating kick while rallying to win the 45th running of the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Friday.

Kona Gold is 'Same Old Guy' as He Readies for Bing Crosby

"He's working really well. He's real happy. He's like he was a couple of years ago." Is he really the same "old warrior?" "Oh, yeah, he's the same old guy." That's jockey Alex Solis talking about his favorite horse, Kona Gold, in preparation for a start Saturday in the 58th edition of the grade II, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.

Bird Town Returns Home for Test

Marylou Whitney Stable's Bird Town established herself as a leader in the 3-year-old filly division this spring wirh wins in the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn, both grade I's. She will face seven rivals in Saturday's Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Snow Dance Faces Tough Task in Classy Diana

Snow Dance will go for her second straight graded stakes win against a tough of distaff turf runners that includes graded stakes winnes Heat Haze, Voodoo Dancer, Wonder Again, and Delta Princess among others.

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