Kazoo, ridden by Richard Migliore, wins the Toboggan Stakes.

Kazoo, ridden by Richard Migliore, wins the Toboggan Stakes.

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Kazoo Hums in Toboggan Handicap Triumph

Kazoo turned the $107,400 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) into a one-horse show Saturday at Aqueduct, going gate to wire under Richard Migliore for a four-length victory.

The 8-year-old Tabasco Cat horse completed the six-furlong distance in 1:09 1/5 on the fast inner dirt course for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. and owners IEAH Stables, Curragh Stable, and Richard J. Schiavo.

Kazoo has fashioned three wins and two second in five tries at Aqueduct, and he wasted little time taking control on Saturday.

Migliore, who returned March 3 after breaking a leg in a paddock accident last October at Belmont Park, posted his first stakes victory since then. It was his sixth victory in the 113th running of
the stakes for sprinters.

Migliore gunned him from the rail and let him run through quarter-mile splits of :22, :44 3/5 and :56 2/5. The hot pace appeared to set up the late run of Wild Jam, but Kazoo was never under pressure and took a five-length lead with a furlong to come home with his 10th win in 38 starts. He earned $64,440 to push his career bankroll to $467,414.

Bishop Court Hill, ridden by Jose Santos, ran second all the way around, nosing Wild Jam and Eibar Coa for the runner-up spot. Favored High Blitz, ridden by Ramon Dominguez Jr., finished fourth after a bad start, followed by Gravesend Handicap (gr. III) winner Banjo Picker and Primary Suspect.

Migliore, who rode two pounds overweight at 116, got a one-pound spot from high-weighted Bishop Court Hill.

"He's actually a horse who is better running faster than rating," Migliore said. "He doesn't really change gears. If he comes out fast, he'll maintain his speed. If you go :23, he's not the kind who will finish with them. I've ridden him over the last three or four years and, every time I ride him, I just let him rock. He broke today like a scalded cat."

The Florida-bred Kazoo ran second in his most recent start, an Aqueduct optional claiming/allowance heat at six furlongs Feb. 8, the chestnut's first start in nearly five months.

The fifth choice of the public, Kazoo paid $13, $6.40, and $4.70. Bishop Court Hill returned $4.20 and $3.20. Wild Jam was $3.50 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)