05/12/2011 5:38PM

Belmont Park: Rail Trip working his way back

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Barbara D. Livingston
Foot trouble kept Rail Trip sidelined for months.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The Grade 1 winner Rail Trip is on the comeback trail.

Away from the races since finishing fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Rail Trip has breezed four times for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. and is nearing a return to the races.

Dutrow said that Rail Trip had a significant issue with the frog, or the bottom of his right front foot, that kept him sidelined for several months.

“He should be ready in a few weeks,” Dutrow said Thursday at his Aqueduct barn. “At Saratoga, one day would be good, one day would be bad. Since he’s come back every single day has been 100-percent good. It looks like we’ve gotten whatever this thing was behind him; he’s doing great.”

Dutrow said Boys At Tosconova, last year’s Hopeful winner, is still 30 to 60 days away from returning to his barn. Dutrow said Boys At Tosconova has been hampered by an ankle problem.

Acting Happy, last year’s Black-Eyed Susan winner, has been turned out for two months, Dutrow said.

Amen Hallelujah, third in the Humana Distaff, and All Due Respect, third in the La Troienne at Churchill, will return to Dutrow in New York and be pointed to the Grade 1 Just a Game going a mile on turf here on Belmont Stakes Day.

“I’ve been dying to get Amen Hallelujah on the grass for a long time,” Dutrow said. “All Due Respect, a mile might be her best distance, and she’s run well on the grass before.

Dutrow said he was very pleased with how well D’ Funnybone ran when he was second to Trappe Shot in Wednesday’s Waldoboro Stakes here. Both horses are will likely have a rematch in the Grade 2, $250,000 True North Handicap here on Belmont Day.