06/15/2012 4:36PM

Belmont: Boys At Tosconova in realistic spot

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Barbara D. Livingston
Boys At Tosconova missed most of his 3-year-old season because of nagging injuries.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Though he has returned to the winner’s circle several times since the summer of 2010, Boys At Tosconova has yet to return to the form that made him a Grade 1 winner as a 2-year-old.

Thus, in picking out spots in which to run the 2010 Hopeful winner, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. doesn’t shoot for the stars.

So while some may have opted to run Boys At Tosconova in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap following his runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Westchester, Dutrow said, “I wasn’t looking in that direction for him.”

Looking in a different direction, Dutrow landed on Sunday’s $90,000 Lemon Drop Kid, a one-turn mile overnight stakes at Belmont Park that drew a field of six. The Lemon Drop Kid will go as race 4 on Sunday’s 10-race Father’s Day program.

Forced to miss most of his 3-year-old season because of nagging injuries, Boys At Tosconova has three allowance wins and a 5 1/4-length loss versus To Honor and Serve in the Westchester in his last four starts.

sked if he has seen the Boys At Tosconova that won a maiden race by 12 lengths in July 2010 at Belmont and the Hopeful by 1 3/4 lengths that September at Saratoga, Dutrow said, “I haven’t seen it yet.”

Until he does, Dutrow hopes to land in as many spots as this as possible with Boys At Tosconova, who drew the outside in the six-horse field. Dutrow also runs Schoolyard Dreams, who will be making his first start in eight months.

Boys At Tosconova could be the speed of the race or he could sit just off Johannesburg Smile, who lands in this spot after a New York-bred stakes scheduled for Sunday didn’t fill. Johannesburg Smile is coming off a second-place finish to Saginaw in the Carr Heaven Stakes – which was the same name of Sunday’s race that didn’t fill – on April 29.

“My horse tries very hard all the time,” said trainer Dominic Galluscio. “He’s going to give a good account of himself. There are some in there that look like they’ve faced better.”

Johannesburg Smile has a 3-3-2 record from 9 starts at Belmont.

Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out the uncoupled entry of Colizeo and Alma d’Oro. Colizeo, who did win an overnight stakes at Belmont in the fall of 2010, is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 Alysheba on Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

Alma d’Oro, third in last year’s Brooklyn at 1 1/2 miles, most recently finished a late-running fourth in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs going seven furlongs on Derby Day.

Beau Choix, who has made 19 of his 20 career starts on turf, returns to the dirt. In the second start of his life, Beau Choix finished fifth in a maiden dirt race at Gulfstream.