29 May 2004 17:08:40
Bob Fritz
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Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year and two-time champion older female, will
finally make her first start against males Monday in the $750,000, Grade 1
Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

The daughter of Jade Hunter also gains a new rider in Pat Day, who replaces
Mike Smith, heretofore the only rider Azeri has known in 18 races. If Azeri
runs first or second, she will pass Spain as Thoroughbred racing's all-time
leading female money earner. Azeri has won over $3.4 million.

Owned by Michael Paulson and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Azeri was assigned
117 pounds for the Met Mile, taking into account a five-pound sex allowance.
Strong Hope and Pico Central are the highweights among the likely starters
at 119 pounds, while last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, has been
assigned 118.

Azeri carried 125 pounds in her last start, when she lost to Mayo on the
Side by a head in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day at
Churchill Downs. She was giving 11 pounds to the winner.

Gygistar, Mobil, Bowman's Band, Eye of the Tiger, and Saarland are also
among the likely Met Mile entrants.

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Momentum, second in three top handicap races in 2002, makes his first start
off a 19-month layoff Monday, and it's not an easy spot.

The 6-year-old was supplemented to the $350,000, Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders'
Cup Mile at Hollywood Park for $7,000. It will be his first start since
running second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap
in October 2002. Since then, he has been sidelined by tendon injuries.

The Shoemaker will also be Momentum's first start on turf since he finished
second in the 2001 Bien Bien Stakes, also at Hollywood. He did win a stakes
in England at a mile on the grass earlier that year.

Momentum's other second-place finishes in 2002 included the Hollywood Gold
Cup, where he was beaten a nose by Sky Jack, and the Pacific Classic, where
Came Home beat him by three-quarters of a length.

Other probable Shoemaker starters include Glick, who won the San Simeon
Handicap last month, and Inglewood Handicap champion Leroidesanimaux.

Also on tap Monday are the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap
and the 7 -furlong Ack Ack Handicap.

Quero Quero, the winner of the 2003 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap, leads
a small field in the Gamely. Smile n Wildcat, winner of an allowance test on
the Kentucky Derby undercard, will face 2003 Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy
Gil in the Ack Ack.

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New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen probably wasn't thinking of the horses
at nearby Monmouth Park when he wrote "Born to Run"-but the title would have

The resort track kicks off its 2004 meet May 29 with three stakes, including
the $100,000, Grade 3 Red Bank Handicap at a mile on the turf.

Burning Roma leads 13 entrants in the Red Bank. The 6-year-old son of
Rubiano has been consistent in four turf starts-he won two and finished
second in the other two. His stakes victories include the 2000 Futurity at
Belmont, the 2001 Tampa Bay Derby, and the 2002 Meadowlands Cup. His most
recent effort was a second in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland, which was
won by Perfect Soul in course record time. Trained by Heather Giglio,
Burning Roma has Jesus Castanon in the irons.

Monmouth's opening day also includes the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap for
New Jersey-breds at six furlongs, and the $55,000 Gilded Time Stakes for
3-year-olds at five furlongs on the grass.

Monmouth will race Wednesday through Sunday, as well as Monday holidays,
through Sept. 26 with a 12:55 p.m. (ET) post time.

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It's often said that good things come in threes, but Meridiana and trainer
Christophe Clement are hoping that good things come in fours at Belmont

A win in the $150,000, Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap would be the fourth
in a row for Meridiana, as well as the fourth Sheepshead Bay score for turf
specialist Clement. The French conditioner won last year's edition with

Meridiana should be the favorite in Saturday's 1 3/8-mile test. She won the
Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream and the Bewitch at Keeneland in her last two
contests, beating five of her seven Sheepshead Bay foes. Edgar Prado has the

The late-running Miss Hellie hopes for a fast early pace to turn the tables
on Meridiana Saturday. Jose Santos rides Miss Hellie for newly elected
Racing Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey.

Spice Island comes to the Sheepshead Bay off a second-place finish against
males at Churchill Downs, where Senor Swinger beat her by less than a
length. Meanwhile, Moscow Burning ships in from California after winning a
state-bred stakes on the grass.

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Siphonizer, considered a leading Triple Crown candidate before breathing
problems sidelined him, will try to make his comeback complete in Saturday's
$150,000, Grade 2 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The son of Siphon won the Del Mar Futurity last September before finishing
10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. After that race, he underwent surgery to
correct a problem with his soft palate. He returned to action with a 6
-length triumph in an allowance sprint at Churchill Downs Apr. 24. Alex
Solis rides for conditioner Richard Mandella.

Doug O'Neill saddles a pair of contenders for the seven-furlong Barrera who
had their own experience on the Triple Crown trail. Hosco won the Grade 3
San Miguel in January before finishing second to Imperialism in the San
Vicente, while Skipaslew won the Golden Gate Derby and was fifth to Pollard'
s Vision in the Illinois Derby. Tyler Baze rides Hosco while Mick Ruis is
aboard Skipaslew.

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Trainer Tony Reinstedler has the best of both worlds in Saturday's $150,000,
Grade 3 Early Times Mint Julep at Churchill Downs.

He will saddle an uncoupled entry in the 1 1/16-mile distaff grass test.
Sand Springs, a 4-year-old Dynaformer filly, should set the early pace,
while Aud, a daughter of Wild Again, is likely to be heard from late. Sand
Springs won the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill last season and comes to the
Mint Julep off a fourth-place finish in the Argent Mortgage on Kentucky
Derby Day. Aud enters Saturday's event off a second-place finish in the
Grade 3 Beaugay at Aqueduct.

The Mint Julep also attracted Shaconage, the upset winner of the Argent
Mortgage. She overtook heavy favorite Etoile Montante at the wire to give
trainer Mitch Shirota his first stakes win at Churchill.

Eternal Melody, a 4-year-old New Zealand-bred, makes her U.S. debut for
trainer Bobby Frankel with Pat Day in the saddle. Eternal Melody has won two
stakes in her native country, but has not raced since she ran eighth in the
New Zealand Oaks in January.

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An evenly matched field of seven will go postward in Saturday's $100,000
Hanshin Cup Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park. This one mile dirt feature
looks to be wide open on paper and should offer to be a good betting race.
Kodema was last seen on Kentucky Oaks Day running a game third in the
Alysheba Stakes, missing by only 2 1/2 lengths. The David Carroll trainee
has been a model of consistency and would not surprise us with a win.

Illinois-bred Wiggins has not finished out of the money from six starts
locally, and is well drawn on the rail. The four-year-old son of Cartwright
comes off a sharp allowance score in advance of this one. Crafty Shaw has
been knocking heads with some top handicap horses as of late, and may
appreciate the drop in class here. A win here would put the six-year-old
ever so close to $1 million in earnings. The son of Crafty Prospector is a
phenomenal 6 for 7 at this distance. Defending champ Apt To Be is six for
nine at the distance, and sports an impressive 11-8-1-0 mark upon the
Arlington oval. He's only been seen once in 2004, and may not be ready to
fire his best.

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Grand Circuit Racing closes out its second stop of the year on Saturday
night at Hoosier Park with the $500,000 Hoosier Cup for three-year-old
pacers. And what a field it is. Eleven pacers including two entries and not
a single pacer has started at this oval during the current meet.
Metropolitan is the 6-5 morning line choice and will start in the second
tier along with Yankees In Seven. Metropolitan won his only pari-mutuel
start of the year at the Meadowlands in 1:50 3/5 just last Saturday. John
Campbell is in the bike. Mark Harder's entry is the 2-1 second choice due to
the presence of Skydancer Hanover, winner of the Max Hempt Final last week
at Pocono in 1:51 1/5.

The Meadowlands hosts the $500,000 New Jersey Classic Final on Saturday
night. Modern Art is the 5-2 choice coming from the rail. The son of
Artsplace won last Saturday in 1:512 flat and is now 2-for-2 this year. I Am
A Fool got the far outside post and finished second and third respectively
in his last two starts, both to Modern Art.

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A pair of sprints will be held at Woodbine this Saturday - the $100,000
Afleet Stakes for three-year-olds, and the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes for
the sophomore fillies. In the former, six are entered, led by the undefeated
Cut and Shoot from the barn of Mark Casse. The bay colt has never been
challenged as of yet, and he still may not be following this race.

In the latter, eight will go forth in this seven furlong fray, led by the
stakes winning Blonde Executive, who'll be making her second start of 2004.
Her main competitors include My Vintage Port, Smart Serve and La Grande

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Ten Quarterhorses have made it to the finals of the $89,910 MBNA Texas
Challenge Championship Stakes (G1) held Saturday night at Sam Houston Race
Park. Valors Gold figures to be very tough in here following a win in a
trial race here two weeks ago completing the 440 yards in 21.60. The
six-year-old gelding by First Down Dash has won five of 21 starts lifetime
and makes his third start of 2004 here. Gray Invasion won his trial on the
same day in 21.73. Watch out for Gone Celebrating who was bumped hard last
out as the 4-5 favorite. The son of Meter Me Gone won five in a row last
year including four stakes finals.

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Racing in Arizona moves upstate as Yavapai Downs opens on Saturday. Racing
here is held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a post time of 3
p.m. (ET). Racing runs through September 7.

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