Updated on 09/16/2011 7:39AM

Mizzen Mast nearing return


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Mizzen Mast won both the Malibu Stakes and Strub Stakes during Santa Anita's meeting to emerge as one of the leading older horses in the country. He has been absent for more than four months, but he is nearing a return.

Bobby Frankel, who trains Mizzen Mast, said he is pointing the colt to Del Mar's Pacific Classic on Aug. 25, a race Frankel has won six times. He envisions Mizzen Mast having one prep race, in the San Diego Handicap on Aug. 4.

"I've got a whole month to get him ready," Frankel said Tuesday morning, a day after Mizzen Mast worked five furlongs in 1:01.20. "He's been two five-eighths already. I'm just trying to hold him down."

Mizzen Mast was given a break because of cracked hooves.

"He had quarter cracks, so I just let his feet grow out," Frankel said. "I didn't want to mess around with patching. I just wanted to back off and get him ready for the second half of the year, which is when you want a horse like this to be ready."

Printemps Del Mar-bound, too

Like Mizzen Mast, the top older mare Printemps is nearing a return at Del Mar after taking time off to nurse an injury. Printemps was "starting to develop a fractured tibia in her right hind leg," trainer Ron McAnally said, so she was given a break.

"She just started breezing again," McAnally said. "She didn't go back that much in her training. She jogged 30 or 40 days. She's getting ready for Del Mar."

If Printemps returns in the Clement Hirsch Handicap on Aug. 11, she may have to face the division's leader, Azeri.

Like a Hero Swaps-bound

Like a Hero, who won here earlier in the meet before finishing unplaced in the Belmont Stakes, is back at Hollywood Park preparing for the Swaps Stakes on July 14. He worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Tuesday morning at Hollywood Park.

"He went really well," said Like a Hero's trainer, Beau Greely. "He never got out of a gallop. He came back from the Belmont in great shape. The way that race set up, he only ran a quarter of a mile. He wasn't even blowing. He came back full of himself."

Tuesday's work was the second drill for Like a Hero since the Belmont. Greely said the colt probably will have two more works prior to the Swaps.

Siphonic ready to gallop

Siphonic, who has not raced since being upset in the San Felipe Stakes in March, has returned to serious training. He has been jogging regularly, and was scheduled to increase his workload to galloping on Wednesday, trainer David Hofmans said.

"He's doing well," Hofmans said. "He's real sharp right now. Go look at him. But don't put your hand in the stall."

Sure enough, Siphonic was quite fresh. He was acting studdish while standing in his stall.

Copelan's Eagle retired

Copelan's Eagle, one of the most popular claiming horses on this circuit the past decade, has been retired at the age of 12, and will be retrained to become a pleasure horse, trainer A.C. Avila said Tuesday at Hollywood Park.

"I didn't want to take a chance any more," said Avila, who trained and co-owned Copelan's Eagle for the last part of the horse's career, when his age made him virtually claim-proof. "He's sound, but if something would happen, everybody would hate me."

Avila said Copelan's Eagle is at a farm in Hemet, Calif. "He's in a pen outside," Avila said. "He'll probably be a saddle horse."

Copelan's Eagle raced 74 times, winning 15 and finishing in the money 41 times. His last start came on May 12, when he finished in a dead heat for fourth in a six-furlong race for $8,000 claimers.