12/29/2009 1:00AM

Bit more rest for This Ones for Phil


MIAMI - This Ones for Phil coughed a few times on Saturday morning, just hours before he was to go postward as the likely favorite in Calder's Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap. And his trainer, Rick Dutrow, couldn't have been happier.

Dutrow scratched This Ones for Phil from the Kenny Noe but was able to send him right back out to work a half-mile over the turf at Gulfstream Park the following morning.

"I was looking for a reason to scratch him from the race anyway, so when he coughed I was sort of relieved because it made the decision a no-brainer," said Dutrow. "I just wasn't crazy about running him in that race. I didn't have a good feeling about it. He ran a 2 on the sheets in his last start and I thought I might be bringing him back a little too quickly. He had a two-month break before winning the Sunshine Millions last year, so now he'll have some extra time off before coming back in the Sunshine Millions again this winter."

This Ones for Phil gained national attention when rallying to a convincing victory in the 2009 Sunshine Millions Dash, earning a 115 Beyer Speed Figure. He'll make his 2010 debut on Jan. 30 in the Sunshine Millions Sprint, which like the Dash will be decided at Gulfstream.

This Ones for Phil's grass work came moments before his Eclipse Award-winning stablemate Stardom Bound also breezed an easy half-mile around the dogs on Sunday. Stardom Bound made her first start since being transferred to Dutrow's barn earlier this year in Aqueduct's Grade 1 Gazelle on Nov. 28, finishing a non-threatening fifth following an awkward beginning. The outing was her first over a non-synthetic racing surface.

"Most likely she'll go back to California for her next start, either the Sunshine Millions on the turf or a stakes over the Poly on the 17th," Dutrow said, referring to the El Encino Stakes on Jan. 17.

Earlier Sunday morning, Dutrow sent out Homeboykris, one of his two top 3-year-old prospects for next season, to work six furlongs in 1:13.50 over the main track.

Dutrow said that Homeboykris, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne, would make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at a mile on Jan. 23 at Gulfstream.

The Dutrow-trained D' Funnybone, winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont, was given some time off following his last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is being pointed for the seven-furlong Hutcheson on Feb. 20 at Gulfstream. D' Funnybone open-galloped three furlongs for the second time in five days immediately after the renovation break at Gulfstream on Tuesday.

Motovato 'so much the best'

This Ones for Phil's defection from the Kenny Noe left the door open for Motovato to register a 1 1/4-length decision over Dream Maestro in the Grade 3 dash. Motovato won the race despite having to overcome considerable trouble, especially through the stretch when forced to check and alter course on a couple of occasions.

"He didn't break well again, and with the trip he was getting down the backstretch, I thought he'd be lucky to hit the board," said trainer Marty Wolfson. "He was just so much the best."

This Ones for Phil wasn't the only morning-line favorite scratched from one of the three graded stakes on Saturday's card. Wolfson also withdrew Jessica Is Back from the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty earlier in the day.

"I passed with Jessica Is Back partly because of the post," said Wolfson, referring to the fact Jessica Is Back had drawn post 11 for the race. "We'll just bring her up fresh to the Sunshine Millions Distaff."

* Dr. Orlon Carr Jr., who served as the track doctor at all three south Florida Thoroughbred tracks for many years, died last week at the age of 90. Carr also owned the multiple-stakes-winning turf specialist Sea Lawyer, whose victories included the Royal Palm and Bougainvillea stakes.