Millennium Wind, shown here winning the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland in April.

Millennium Wind, shown here winning the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland in April.

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Millennium Wind Blows into Skywalker

Millennium Wind, unraced since an 11th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his return to the track in today's $74,000 Skywalker Handicap over a flat mile at Santa Anita. The Cryptoclearance colt captured the grade I Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by a front-running 5 1/4 lengths under Laffit Pincay Jr., who shows up on his back again today. The Dave Hofmans trainee also scored in the grade II Santa Catalina over the Santa Anita strip, and ran a pair of good seconds in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I). Owned by David and Jill Heeresnperger, Millennium Wind has earned better than $750,000 in six career starts. The Heeresnpergers paid $1,200,000 for him out of the Keeneland September Yearling auction in 1999.

Millennium Wind will have to hold off the late challenge of I Love Silver, who comes off a third in the Ancient title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) to Swept Overboard and Kona Gold. I Love Silver hit the board behind dual Classic winner Point Given twice at Santa Anita in the spring, in the grade II San Felipe and the grade I Santa Anita Derby. I Love Silver is owned by Judy and Kirk Robison and conditioned by Dean Greenman. He has hit the board in all six of his tries in Arcadia.

Also in with a shot is John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's Bosque Redondo, who enters off an eight-month layoff. He was second to Freedom Crest in the San Pasqual (gr. II) here in January. Chris McCarron rides for trainer Paco Gonzalez. Blade Prospector could apply pace pressure to Millennium Wind from his outside post. The 6-year-old son of Music Prospector won the grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in March, and has butted heads with standouts Kona Gold, Skimming, and El Corredor all year. A C Avila trains with Omar Berrio up.