11/19/2009 12:00AM

Return to sprint for Mutak Gold


Mutak Gold seems to have a new lease on life, as the 4-year-old has won two straight at Turf Paradise this meet in smart fashion. What's worse for his foes in Saturday's $50,000 Caballos del Sol Handicap at the Phoenix track is that both wins came routing, and now he gets back to what he does best - sprint. Mutak Gold heads a field of nine as the 124-pound highweight in the six-furlong event.

Owned by Robert W. Morgan, Mutak Gold has always had ability and has won 7 of 22. Five of those wins have come at this distance.

He invaded from Southern California, already in strong form, after trainer Dan McFarlane claimed him for $62,500 out of a sprint win at Del Mar on Aug. 19. He came here Oct. 2, dueled for the lead in the mile Bienvenidos, put away the other speed, and romped by 6 1/4 lengths. He then went a mile on turf in the Walter R. Cluer here Oct. 24. Mutak Gold stalked the pace, moved up to challenge, and edged away late.

Ry Eikleberry again has the mount.

Song of Pirates returns after nine months on the bench for owners Three Sisters Thoroughbreds and trainer Mike Chambers. A 5-year-old gelded son of Unbridled's Song, Song of Pirates is a two-time stakes winner on this track. He ran just once in 2008 and came back here Jan. 20 after a year on the bench and won an optional claimer. He then was a respectable fifth in the Phoenix Gold Cup Feb. 14.

Song of Pirates hasn't run since but is proven fresh, and Chambers is not only having a huge meet (11 for 28) but is superb off a layoff of 180 days or more (37 percent).

Goin Dancing came back after five months off to win an optional claimer here Oct. 19. Twin Sparks was third in the Phoenix Gold Cup and came back after six months off to be second in an allowance sprint Oct. 14.

Tenfold once held much promise in Southern California, having finished second in the 2007 Grade 2 San Rafael. After eight months off he came back to run first and third in a pair of allowance sprints this meet.

Lord Avalon has finished first or second in all seven of his starts and ran second in his two sprints this meet. Those races came after over 15 months on the bench.

Highland Games has been a marvelously versatile performer. He won the six-furlong Inaugural at Yavapai on May 30, the Hank Mills Sr. going a mile on dirt here, and the 1 7/8-mile Hasta La Vista on the turf here May 3.

Bobadieau has knocked heads with the region's best sprinters and was second in this race last year.