Updated on 09/17/2011 12:08PM

It's 127 for Azeri in Clement Hirsch

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Azeri tries for her 11th consecutive win Sunday, in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Azeri will carry 127 pounds when she tries for her 11th consecutive win Sunday, in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

Azeri carried the same weight when she won the Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 21, her most recent start. Last year, she carried 126 pounds when she won the Hirsch Handicap en route to being named Horse of the Year.

Azeri is expected to have four opponents in the Grade 2 Hirsch, run over 1 1/16 miles. Got Koko, who swept the La Canada Series last winter at Santa Anita, is next in the weights at 118. Other probable starters are Angel Gift (112 pounds), Sister Girl Blues (109), and Tropical Blossom (108).

On Monday at San Luis Rey Downs, Azeri worked a half-mile in 47.77 seconds, according to de Seroux. She went the opening quarter-mile in 24.10, and galloped out five furlongs in a quick 59.99 seconds and six furlongs in 1:12.74.

"It's normal," de Seroux said of the quick gallop-out times.

"If it wasn't like that, I'd be scared. Visually, she has so much more there."

Azeri faced four opponents in the 2002 Clement Hirsch. In the Vanity, she had six opponents, including Sister Girl Blues, who set the pace to early stretch and held on to finish second while carrying 111 pounds.

Vindication closer to return

Vindication, the champion 2-year-old male of 2002, was scheduled to arrive at Del Mar late Monday to begin a late-season campaign that his owners hope will lead to a start in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

In February, Vindication was declared from the Triple Crown because of a suspensory injury to his left foreleg. After spending several months recuperating at owner Satish and Anne Sanan's farm in Florida, Vindication resumed training there before being sent to trainer Bob Baffert on Monday.

"He's up to a half-mile, and we'll go along with him," Baffert said.

Vindication is unbeaten in four starts, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park last October. Baffert was reluctant to say whether Vindication could start at Del Mar, which ends on Sept. 10.

"I'll have to see how he looks," Baffert said.

Dirty Diana heads Sorrento

Baffert will have the favorite in Saturday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies with Dirty Diana, the winner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths on July 25.

On Monday, Dirty Diana worked five furlongs in 1:00.20. Baffert said he timed her in 1:01.

"You never know how they'll run off a big race, but she looked good today," Baffert said Monday.

A concern for Baffert is the 15 days between the CTBA Stakes and the Sorrento, which is run over 6 1/2 furlongs. Baffert is using the Grade 2 Sorrento as a prep for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 30 or the Generous Portion Stakes for California-breds on Sept. 3.

"It would be nice to have another week with her, but that gives us plenty of time to the Debutante or the Cal-bred race," Baffert said.

The Sorrento field will also include Absolute Nectar, Cherish Destiny, Shadow of Mine, Solar Fire, Tizdubai, and Wind Flow.

Tizdubai, a full-sister to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Monday.

Victory USA looking good

Baffert already has a top contender for the Debutante in Victory USA, a Victory Gallop filly who won a six-furlong maiden race by 6 1/2 lengths on Sunday.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Victory USA led throughout, finishing in 1:10.34. Owned by Tom VanMeter, Victory USA was purchased for $525,000 in February at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training.

"We knew she had a lot of talent when we bought her," Baffert said. "She's very special. That sire cost me $5 million, so maybe I'll get it back on her."

In 1998, Victory Gallop denied the Baffert-trained Real Quiet a win in the Belmont Stakes and a sweep of the Triple Crown with a nose victory. A $5 million bonus would have gone to Real Quiet's connections if he had won the Belmont Stakes.

A pair of 2-year-old males who won maiden races over the weekend are bound for stakes in coming weeks.

Siphonizer, a first-time starter trained by Richard Mandella, won Saturday's sixth race by three-quarters of a length over the Baffert-trained Cooperation. Mandella said Siphonizer would be pointed for the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 17.

Winter Squall, who beat statebreds over 5 1/2 furlongs in Sunday's second race, will return in the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for statebreds on Sept. 8, trainer Jeff Bonde said.

Another turf record falls

No course record on turf appears to be safe this summer.

In the first week of the meeting, the records for five furlongs and 1 1/8 miles were lowered.

On Saturday, Touch of the Blues lowered the record for a mile, winning the $76,475 Wickerr Handicap in 1:32.22.

The tote board timer malfunctioned during the race, and the race was hand-timed. Track officials later confirmed the time through replays.

Touch of the Blues won by a nose over Inesperado, who rallied from eighth along the rail to nearly steal the win.

The victory ended an eight-race losing streak for Touch of the Blues dating back to the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April 2002. In the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on May 26, Touch of the Blues finished third behind Redattore and Special Ring, after encountering trouble on the first turn.

"It was unfortunate in the Shoemaker," trainer Neil Drysdale said. "He took himself out off the race, but he flew home."

Racing for Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum, Touch of the Blues, 6, made his third consecutive appearance in the Wickerr, having finished second in 2001 and 2002. Last fall, he ran in three important races, finishing fifth in the Atto Mile at Woodbine, second in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland, and a troubled 10th in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park.

This fall, Drysdale has the same goals for Touch of the Blues, ending with the Breeders' Cup Mile at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

"I think he might be better than last year," Drysdale said.

Two euthanized over weekend

Two horses were euthanized after being injured in races over the weekend.

Stormy Spirit, the 5-2 favorite in Saturday's first race, was pulled up in early stretch. She was saddled by Bill Spawr, but was claimed for $32,000 by Rafael Becerra.

In Sunday's sixth race, Euribor was pulled on the final turn of a turf race with an injury to his left foreleg. Euribor was purchased privately by Claimboxdotcom and trainer Doug O'Neill on June 7, the day he finished second but was vanned off. Euribor later finished second in a $40,000 claimer on July 20.

* Apprentice jockey Mick Ruis, who claims 10 pounds, has been suspended three days for causing interference in the stretch of Friday's eighth race. Ruis was cited for failing to maintain a straight course and interfering with third-place finisher One Two Punch. The order of finish was not altered. Ruis's mount, Love Storm, finished second. The suspension begins Wednesday and continues through Friday.

* Saturday's total handle of $19,135,124 was the sixth-highest in track history, and the highest of the meeting, which began on July 23. The record of $22,857,782 was set Aug. 15, 1998, the day of the Pacific Classic.