05/01/2005 11:00PM

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Successful Appeal, North America's leading freshman sire last year, returned to Walmac Farm in Lexington, Ky., last Friday and appears to be recovering from his April 25 colic surgery. Successful Appeal had the surgery to correct a rare condition in which the small intestine becomes trapped in a ligament between the spleen and left kidney. . . . . Makybe Diva, two-time winner of the two-mile Melbourne Cup, could manage only a seventh-place finish behind Suzuka Mambo in the $2.44 million Grade 1 Spring Tenno Sho, or Emperor's Cup, at Kyoto on Sunday. The 34-1 Suzuka Mambo defeated Big Gold by 1 1/2 lengths, traveling the two miles in 3:16.50. . . . Yeats failed in his return to the races Monday, dropping a six-length decision to Cairdeas in the 1 1/4-mile Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh. For Yeats, who had not run since May 9, it was his first loss in four career starts. . . . Sultry Song, sire of 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Singletary, will shuttle this year to Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, Millennium Farms has announced. Sultry Song, whose fee at Millennium is $5,000, will stand at Haras Arroyo de Luna. . . . Fairmount Park jockey Ramsey Zimmerman scored five victories Saturday. Three of the winners were for leading trainer Ralph Martinez.