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'Jazz Finds the Place at Fairplex

Winless on the grass, he prevails in the Hinds Handicap for his fourth win in six tries on dirt.

September 26, 2005|Bill Christine | Times Staff Writer

Courtly Jazz, whose last three races had been on grass, returned to dirt Sunday to win the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap, giving jockey David Cohen his third win on the card at Fairplex Park.

"If he could handle the turns on the turf course at Del Mar, we figured he'd have no trouble with the tight turns here," said Gary Mandella, who trains Courtly Jazz. Richard Mandella, Gary's father, won the stake with Region in 1996.

Courtly Jazz, who paid $24.60, beat Robledo by a neck. It was 3 1/2 lengths farther back to Melanyhasthepapers, the third-place finisher. Anziyan Royalty, the even-money favorite, finished fourth.

Courtly Jazz, winless in six starts on grass, has won four of six starts on the main track.

Cohen also won with Cerveza Tom in the fourth race and Jack's Wild in the 11th, which was just before the Hinds Handicap.

Earlier on the card, Garrett Gomez, who was aboard Robledo on the next-to-last day of the 16-day Fairplex meet, rode Jungle Prince to a one-length win in the $60,000 Governor's Cup Handicap.

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Undefeated Declan's Moon probably won't race again this year, according to the Blood-Horse magazine. Last year's Eclipse Award winner, Declan's Moon has suffered a cannon-bone injury.

Declan's Moon's fifth straight win came in March at Santa Anita, but he underwent surgery for a knee chip, which knocked him out of the Triple Crown.

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Whosleavingwho won his ninth quarter-horse stake at Los Alamitos, setting a record in the $110,300 Go Man Go Handicap on Saturday night.

Whosleavingwho, trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Cody Jensen, ran 400 yards in 19.40, the fastest clocking for the stake that was first run in 1960. Whosleavingwho also won the Go Man Go in 2002, the year he shared the sport's world championship with Streakin Sin Tacha.

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Jockey Edgar Prado swept the stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park, winning with the colt Sharp Humor and the filly Artistic Express. Both were longshots. Sharp Humor paid $18.40 and Artistic Express returned $36.20. ... Undefeated Lost In The Fog will meet older horses for the first time when he runs Saturday in the $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. ... Jose Valdivia Jr., who injured his right knee in a spill at Del Mar on Sept. 4, is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita on Oct. 5. Oak Tree's meet at Santa Anita opens Wednesday.

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