02/15/2012 4:07PM

Aqueduct: This Ones for Phil could use repeat of his last outing

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This Ones for Phil, with Joe Bravo riding, wins the Decathlon at Monmouth Park.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – This Ones for Phil may not be the same horse he was in his youth, when he took the Grade 2 Swale and back-to-back runnings of the Sunshine Millions Sprint.

But if the gelding, now 6 years old, can run the race back that he did last month winning an optional claimer over the inner track, that could be good enough to win a high-priced claimer that serves as the Friday feature on Aqueduct’s nine-race card.

Claiming prices on the seven horses entered in Friday’s fourth range from $75,000 to $100,000. Given the claiming frenzy that has taken place here this winter – more than 300 claims since Nov. 30 thanks to the inflated purses – it wouldn’t be shocking to see one of these runners taken.

This Ones for Phil, being offered for $100,000, is one of three horses trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. entered. Dutrow said Wednesday he planned to scratch Star of New York and run This Ones for Phil and Laysh Laysh Laysh.

This Ones for Phil came off a two-month layoff to run third in the four-horse Gravesend Handicap on Dec. 17 before winning the optional claimer – when he was offered for $50,000 – by three lengths in the mud.

“I know he ran big last time. I’m not sure Phil’s the same horse he was,” Dutrow said.

Dutrow said he planned to enter This Ones for Phil in Monday’s General George at Laurel Park and hopes the horse runs big on Friday and comes out well enough to wheel him back.

“He’s run big at Laurel before and at seven-eighths,” Dutrow said.

In order to win Friday, This Ones for Phil will likely have to catch Hillswick, a 6-year-old gelding directly to his outside. Hillswick, trained Dutrow’s former assistant Rudy Rodriguez, has not run since Dec. 18 when he won a second-level allowance in front-running fashion.

Rodriguez said he has been looking for spots both in New York and elsewhere for Hillswick, but races haven’t gone. Before winning the Dec. 18 race, Hillswick finished second to Boys At Tosconova in an allowance race over Aqueduct’s main track on Nov. 11.

Hillswick will likely be sent to the lead by Cornelio Velasquez.

“He can rate a little bit, but he’s probably going to be on the Iead,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t see much speed in there.”

Black Pen, who is also entered in this field, was entered back in an open allowance race on Saturday.

Sam Sparkle and Gallant Fields complete the field.