07/29/2010 4:54PM

Del Mar: Maui Mark wins off layoff, gets claimed


Maui Mark returned from a layoff of one year and four days to win an optional claimer over five furlongs on turf in Thursday's second race, and was promptly claimed for $25,000 by Keith Craigmyle.

A 5-year-old gelding, Maui Mark ($8.80) closed from last in a field of six to beat Indian Ashton by a nose, finishing in 56.30 seconds. Trained by Howard Zucker for a partnership, Maui Mark won 4 of 10 starts. Thursday's race was his first appearance in a claiming race.

Shadow of Illinois, a 10-year-old, finished third, fading in the final furlong to lose by a length.