10/20/2010 3:36PM

Boys At Tosconova gets leisurely work for Juvenile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Boys At Tosconova, winner of the Hopeful at Saratoga in his last start, is training up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Six days after putting in a blazing six-furlong workout in 1:10.90 at Aqueduct, Hopeful Stakes winner Boys At Tosconova had a more leisurely move Wednesday, covering six furlongs in 1:16.72 over the Big A’s main track.

Under exercise rider Mario Madrid, Boys At Tosconova crawled away from the six-furlong pole going his first eighth in 14.53 seconds and the opening quarter in 28.07. He began to pick things up from around the turn and went his next quarter in 25.27. With only the slightest of urging from Madrid, Boys At Tosconova got his final quarter in 23.68 and he galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29.38.

“I just told him don’t let him go too fast, don’t let him go too slow,” trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. “I liked what I saw; he looked good going by me both times. Mario’s very happy with the horse. Like I said last week, we just need to bide our time; we’re ready.”

Boys At Tosconova will have two more works at Aqueduct before shipping to Kentucky on Nov. 2.

Madman Diaries, winner of the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes in his dirt debut at Monmouth, worked five furlongs in 59.40 in company over Keeneland’s Polytrack on Wednesday morning. Trainer and part-owner Wesley Ward called it “a visually impressive work” but said he would need to consult with his partner, Robert Teel, before deciding whether to pay the supplemental nomination of $180,000 to run in the Juvenile. The other option is the $1 million Delta Jackpot on Nov. 20.

J.B.’s Thunder, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity, will be pre-entered for the Juvenile, trainer Al Stall said this week, but that doesn’t guarantee the colt will start. Stall said he and owner Andrea Pollack wanted to buy some more time and will see how the colt trains before deciding whether to run.

Blue Laser, winner of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine, was shipped to Churchill on Monday and will train over that track’s dirt surface for a week before his connections decide whether to pre-enter.