04/04/2011 3:09PM

Aqueduct: Be Bullish back on short rest for Hamlet

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Be Bullish will return on five days' rest for Wednesday's Hamlet Stakes at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Be Bullish, who quickly won himself out by winning his first two starts for Rick Dutrow, will shoot for his third straight win – and second in five days – in Wednesday’s $60,000 Hamlet overnight stakes.

One of a handful of gray New York-breds that has been in raging form here lately along with Inherit the Gold and R Betty Graybull, Be Bullish was haltered from a midwinter optional claimer for $75,000 – a not inconsiderable sum for a gelding who was making his 45th start and had won just once from 16 starts dating back to October 2009.

Be Bullish, however, is a lunch-pail type who had still racked up $120,000 in earnings last year. Moreover, he had been narrowly beaten for $60,000 in his first start at the inner-track meet by Laysh Laysh Laysh – a veteran sprinter Dutrow brought back just four days later to win a $50,000 stakes at Laurel, prior to a neck loss in the Grade 2 General George.

So when Be Bullish ran back 15 days after extending Laysh Laysh Laysh to a photo, Dutrow pulled the trigger. The 6-year-old responded to win the Hollie Hughes just over three weeks later, earning back $39,000 for Dutrow and Sullivan Lane Stable.

Last Friday, Be Bullish returned on a muddy track against open company and ran down loose pacesetter Deputy Daney to win the Mr. Nasty overnight stakes and another $36,000. Shortly before that race, Dutrow had already entered Be Bullish for this race.

“He came out of his race good, and I definitely plan to run him,” said Dutrow, who has won at a 32 percent clip when bringing horses back in a week or less since the start of last year. “Love the post, love five days, and I think he’s going to run big again.”

Be Bullish will break from post 5 against four rivals in the six-furlong Hamlet, outside of Driven by Solar, Rereadthefootnotes, Giant Ryan, and Dahlgreen Chapel.

Rereadthefootnotes suffered an ankle injury after winning the Hollie Hughes last winter and was making his first start in 371 days as the 8-5 favorite against Be Bullish on Feb. 21. He has since posted three workouts for Mike Hushion, capped by a a bullet half-mile last week.

Giant Ryan was sidelined for 11 months not once, but twice, after a last-place finish in the 2009 Gotham. However, the lightly raced 5-year-old turned in a big effort to win his second-level allowance condition against New York-breds for Bisnath Parboo last month.

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