Mast Track races to win in Hollywood Gold Cup

Mast Track beat favored Go Between by two lengths Saturday in the 69th running of the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

Ridden by Tyler Baze and sent off at 10-1 odds, Mast Track ran 11/4 miles in 2 minutes, 1.37 seconds, shattering the record of 2:03.21 Lava Man set a year ago when the Gold Cup was run on Cushion Track for the first time.

Mast Track became the third Gold Cup winner for trainer Bobby Frankel and his first as owner/trainer. It was the first Gold Cup victory for Baze.

Mast Track, a 4-year-old son of Mizzen Mast, paid $23.60, $11.20 and $7.40. Go Between returned $3.40 and $3, and Student Council paid $4 to show.

Mast Track won for the fifth time in 10 starts and earned $450,000 to boost his bankroll to $614,622.

On the undercard, Whatsthescript, ridden by Isaias Enriquez, took the $250,000 American Handicap. Whatsthescript, an Irish-bred son of Royal Applause, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:46.34.

Also: Second choice Music Note beat 1-2 favorite Proud Spell in the Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and Frost Giant won the $400,000 Suburban Handicap at 40-1 in an afternoon of upsets at Belmont Park in New York.

In the Suburban, Frost Giant beat Solar Flare by a half-length in a shocker. The 5-year-old got his first stakes win in the 122nd running of one of the oldest races at Belmont.

Frost Giant is trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. and co-owned by IEAH Stables, the same team that won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness with Big Brown.

Frost Giant paid $82, $29.20 and $10.40, running 11/4 miles on the fast track in 2:01.58.

The upset in the Mother Goose was not as stunning as in the Suburban but also caught many by surprise. Proud Spell, the Kentucky Oaks winner, was expected to handle the assignment easily but ultimately finished second and was dropped to third for an interference foul.


Steelers opt to release running back Davenport

Running back Najeh Davenport was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team couldn’t work out a trade for Willie Parker’s former backup.

Davenport rushed for a career-high 499 yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season, but he was ineffective as a starter in the Steelers’ final two games after Parker broke a leg Dec. 20.

Also: John Dutton threw for six touchdowns to help the Colorado Crush beat the Utah Blaze 49-44 in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs in Salt Lake City.

Uga VI, the University of Georgia’s English bulldog mascot, died Friday night in Savannah, owner Cecelia Seiler confirmed to The Macon Telegraph.

Uga VII’s readiness to take the field for the 2008 football season is a topic for school officials, Seiler said, and none could be reached Saturday.


Jazz exercises option to keep forward Millsap

The Utah Jazz exercised its option on forward Paul Millsap and made a qualifying offer to shooting guard C.J. Miles.

Millsap has been a surprise contributor to the Jazz since it got him with the 47th pick in the 2006 draft. He has played in all 164 regular-season games and 29 playoff games for Utah the past two seasons.

Millsap averaged 8.1 points and 5.6 rebounds last season.

Also: World record-holder Usain Bolt beat former record-holder Asafa Powell in the 100-meter final in Jamaica’s Olympic Trials, finishing in 9.85 seconds.

Powell was second in 9.97. Last month in New York, Bolt ran a 9.72 to break Powell’s world record of 9.74.

Nicolae Linca, a boxer who won the welterweight gold medal at the 1956 Olympics while fighting with a broken wrist, died at his home in Romania. He was 79.

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