12/05/2011 4:59PM

Hollywood Park: Jaycito nearing return

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Barbara D. Livingston
Health issues have limited Jaycito to two starts in 2011.

INGLEWOOD, Calif - Jaycito, a Grade 1 winner in 2010, is nearing a return to racing after undergoing surgery to improve his breathing during the summer.

Sunday, Jaycito worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds at Hollywood Park.

Owned by Zayat Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, Jaycito has 1 win in 6 starts, the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Hollywood Park in October 2010. At the time, Jaycito was trained by Mike Mitchell. This year, ailments have kept Jaycito to two starts. He was fifth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes in March, but missed the Santa Anita and Kentucky derbies because of foot problems.

Jaycito was fifth in an optional claimer at Del Mar in August, a loss that prompted throat surgery.

Baffert said on Sunday that Jaycito will not start in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. "It's too short," he said.