04/06/2006 11:00PM

Walk in the Park returns to races


The highly regarded Walk in the Park returns after a near 10-month absence Sunday at Longchamp in the Group 2, $159,000 Prix d'Harcourt at 1 1/4 miles.

Second to Motivation in the Epsom Derby last June, Walk in the Park next finished a distant eighth in the Irish Derby, after which trainer John Hammond put him away for the season.

Walk in the Park's most dangerous rival is probably Archange d'Or, a 10-furlong specialist.

On the same card, late Triple Crown nominee Oh So Awesome, a son of Awesome Again, will be in action. Recently bought by Team Valor, he will go in the Prix de Ferrieres, a 1 3/8-mile allowance race won in previous years by Arc winners Hurricane Run and Suave Dancer.

"We feel he has a dirt pedigree," said Barry Irwin of Team Valor. "We bought him to run in the Belmont Stakes."