09/30/2013 3:38PM

Belmont Park notes: In Trouble aimed for Nashua

Barbara D. Livingston
In trouble wins the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday.

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ELMONT, N.Y. - In Trouble, a good-looking 2 1/4-length winner of Sunday’s Grade 2 Futurity, will likely head back to New York for the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 3, trainer Tony Dutrow said Monday.

After chasing pace-setting favorite Corfu early, Fair Hill-based In Trouble passed that rival inside the eighth pole and drew off to an authoritative victory. In Trouble, a son of Tiz Wonderful, ran six furlongs in 1:09.64 and earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure.

“You had to look at that horse after that race and say that horse is all right,” Dutrow said Monday.

Dutrow said the Nashua, a one-turn mile, “is a really good next step for him.” Dutrow said that would be his last race as a 2-year-old and he would then look to stretch him out next year at 3.

Meanwhile, trainer Phil Schoenthal was still basking in the glow of his first graded stakes victory following Miss Behaviour’s one-length victory in the Grade 2 Matron for 2-year-old fillies. She ran six furlongs in 1:10.57 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 80.

“Thirty years of hopes and dreams all rolled into a minute and 10 seconds,” Schoenthal said. “It’s pretty exciting to realize you haven’t wasted your life honing your craft.”

Schoenthal mentioned the Grade 3, $150,000 Tempted at Aqueduct on Nov. 3 or the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess on Nov. 23 as a possible next start for Miss Behaviour – if she is still in his Bowie barn by then.

“Frankly, every time she wins, the offers keep going up, so I’m not sure how much longer we’ll own her,” said Schoenthal, who trains Miss Behaviour for owners-breeders Cal MacWilliams and Neil Teitelbaum.

Levine breaks skid

Trainer Bruce Levine broke out of a month-long drought in a big way Sunday, winning three races on the card.

When Hot Stones ($4.30 to win) won Sunday’s fourth race, Levine broke a 0-for-26 skid at the meet and a 0-for-36 streak in New York dating back to Aug. 25. Levine also had wins by first-time starter Daddy’s Lil Saint ($11) in the sixth and Unbridled Logic ($29.80) in the seventh.

Daddy’s Lil Saint is a half-sister to Clear Pasaj, is a multiple stakes winner trained by Levine who is getting a break for the remainder of the year.

Levine said Daddy’s Lil Saint had always shown talent, but he did not fully crank her because she’s a filly that doesn’t hold her weight well.

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“I didn’t want to get to the bottom of her before she ran,” Levine said. “She was pretty fit, but I never worked her hard.”

Levine said he might look to run Daddy’s Lil Saint in the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma going seven furlongs on Oct. 19.

On the month-long losing streak, Levine said he never got too down about it.

“I’ve been through it before,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do except keep doing things you’ve been doing and hope for it to turn around.”