06/24/2012 6:26PM

Belmont: Willy Beamin's win in Mike Lee soothes sting of favorite's failure for Dutrow

Trevor Miles
Mike Luzzi guides Willy Beamin, coming back just four days after winning an allowance, to victory in the Mike Lee for New York-bred 3-year-olds.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s fortunes changed in about 30 minutes Sunday at Belmont Park when it came to the two stakes restricted to New York-breds.

After watching his 3-5 favorite Sacred Success fade badly in the stretch of the $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Dutrow’s horse Willy Beamin upset the heavily favored Brigand to win the $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes for 3-year-old males.

Willy Beamin was running back just four days after winning a second-level allowance race on this track. Under Mike Luzzi, Willy Beamin rallied past Brigand, the 1-2 favorite, inside the sixteenth pole to win the Mike Lee by four lengths. Brigand, a $925,000 purchase who was facing New York-breds for the first time, held second by a neck over Night Maneuver.

Dutrow and owner James Riccio claimed Willy Beamin for $25,000 out of a winning effort at Aqueduct on March 23. The horse has now gone 3 for 3 for his new connections.

 “I was confident Willy Beamin would run big, it just looked like [Brigand] was better,” Dutrow said. “I’m glad he didn’t show up today. I would have been disappointed if we finished worse than second.”

Willy Beamin covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.44 and returned $7 as the second choice.

The Mike Lee is the first leg of the Big Apple Triple, which awards $50,000 in bonus money to the three horses who earn the most points by running in each race. The next leg is the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 21 and Dutrow said he would point Willy Beamin to that 1 1/16-mile race. The final leg is the Albany Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 22.

About 30 minutes earlier, Dutrow was disappointed to see Sacred Success pack it in after a half-mile, fading to fifth behind Beautiful But Blue.

Beautiful But Blue, under Junior Alvarado, confronted Sacred Success at the three-eighths pole, before taking over turning for home. She was never seriously threatened while drawing off to a 3 1/4-length victory over Fiftyfour Forever. Beautiful But Blue covered seven furlongs in 1:23.72 and returned $12.60.

Beautiful But Blue had won three consecutive dirt races from Nov. 23 to Feb. 12 for owners/breeders Chester and Mary Broman and trainer Tom Bush. Unable to find a suitable dirt race for her, Bush ran Beautiful But Blue on May 2 in an overnight turf stakes, where she finished fifth.

 “We think she ran very well on turf the other day,” Bush said. “She got away poorly, it was a tough race and she closed. It was such a different experience for her. But in all likelihood we’ll stay on the dirt.”

Tweedside: Medolina now 3 for 3

Medolina made a solid return from a five-month layoff, scoring a 2 1/4-length victory over Ainsley in the $90,000 Tweedside Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf.

It was the third victory in as many starts for Medolina, who hadn’t run since January. She is owned by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Todd Pletcher. Coincidentally, Pletcher trained the filly Tweedside, for whom the race was named.

Medolina, a daughter of Aragorn, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.83 and returned $5 as the favorite.


JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
For those that don't remember the character ""Willie Beamon", here you go... From "Any Given Sunday" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lWJRSL-JBQ
Rufus More than 1 year ago
Decision from the court is due any day now. Dutrow continuing to train on borrowed time.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Does anyone find it strange that Baffert's name appears NOWHERE in this article?
Morris More than 1 year ago
what do you p--s & mouning& bleeding heart fans want out of a trainer. he claims a horse & improves on him. & you scream to hi heavens, that hes been hopped. but let the same trainer claim 1,& not move him up, or heaven forebid he come back sore. then he catches hell about being hard on livestock. oh!! pardon me ,i just sinned. i refered to a horse as livestock. you know some of you fans are so far from reality, that racing is better off without you. if you cant contribute something positive to the sport, then stay home& keep your mouth shut. it says in the bible that man should be master of beasts. are we turning toward the hindui religon, only we will worship horses? i think its igorance, that stems from the over educated people, not educateing them selves in the realitys of the world. have a nice day while that soaks in. " an ole railbird".
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Quoting the Bible is ABSURD but the point is well aken. If someone claims and the horse doesn't improve , the trainer is called a hack , if he does improve he is a juicer...... which is it folks
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
Are you unaware of the fact that he was banned from NY racing for 10 years in October, then he appealed it, was granted a 30-day stay, and here we are in June the next year, and he's still winning at a 40% clip. This guy had several violations and suspensions and he's still training horses. It's absurd.
Chris More than 1 year ago
MordicaiR More than 1 year ago
Yeah that's lord man he wrote the bible. Read some Mark Twain and educate yourself. "Mans the only animal that blushes or needs to"
russell More than 1 year ago
Morris, hes had over 50 medication violations. How can you defend this nonsense. Guys like Zito, Mott, Jerkens, Clement, and Drysdale etc have won Grade 1 races for years without doing what Dutrow has done. OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE PARTIAL TO HIM. I guess in your world its okay to give a horse whatever meds or narcotics a human being deems fit. So when a juiced up lame horse running on opiates in Loiusiana or New Mexico brakes down and the jockey breaks his neck that okay?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Morris, your true colors are showing you nazibigot creep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please shut up
MordicaiR More than 1 year ago
It will probably be two months before this horse can race again. NY should put minimum 1 week between starts now. There was one he did this to at Saratoga last year don't think she's been seen since. She cranked out 3 starts in about 10 days.
nicola c More than 1 year ago
how is dutrow still in training people like him wreck the image of the sport yet he still trains, when will we know if he gets his 10 years or not i want him gone
russell More than 1 year ago
how Dutrow is allowed to train in any state is beyond me. He miraclously claims a horse for 25k in april, horse runs and wins 4 days ago, and today he wins a 125k stake in 122 3/5 by open lengths. enough with this stuff already.
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
It really is ridiculous. He continues to make a joke of NY racing. And what's worse is he still walks around the paddock and winners circle with a stupid grin on his face. And while we're at it, let's get rid of Juan Guerrero too - 2 for 2 at Belmont today with a horse in the last that should NOT have won.
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
what, you don't believe in miracles? Reminds me of the old Oscar S Barrera days!
jim samson More than 1 year ago
Oscar was a hard working man who tended to horses feet. That was his secret. When he stopped winning at all, it was because he lost his favorite nail clippers.
Brendan Oneil More than 1 year ago
Oscar claimed Shifty Sheik for 35k in 1984. Winless all year horse won first out for Oscar @ SAR just missing track record. Next out he ran in Woodward stakes just missing by 1/2 length to Slew of Gold. He would claim and run back horses on very little rest @ higher levels & win routinely. He was the juiceking
Ian More than 1 year ago
Oscar just spoke from the grave and he sys that he is going to sue you on defamation
mikey More than 1 year ago
BINGO you are right on the money.They are letting him build up a retirement fund on the back of the bettor's.TEN YEAR'S IN TO LITTLE
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
$925,000 for a new york bred,,,the owners will never see half of it back
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Boy Ole' Baffert will run second anywhere... And Bode works in 50 and 3/5, right!