10/26/2010 12:11PM

Boys At Tosconova has another smooth drill for Juvenile


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having already put in some dazzling workouts in the last few weeks, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Boys At Tosconova had a second consecutive straightforward drill Tuesday morning, going six furlongs in 1:14.35 over Aqueduct’s main track.

Boys At Tosconova, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful on Sept. 6, worked in company with the 3-year-old filly Acting Happy, who was pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and who went in 1:14.40. The two worked head and head until the last few strides when Boys At Tosconova, under regular rider Ramon Dominguez, got to the finish line a neck in front.

Boys At Tosconova galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.40 and pulled up a mile in 1:44.06. Acting Happy, ridden by Jose Lezcano, shut it down shortly after the wire and did not gallop out. Acting Happy, who has not run since finishing third to Blind Luck in he Alabama on Aug. 21, worked in blinkers, which she will wear for the first time in the Ladies’ Classic.

For Boys At Tosconova, it was his seventh work since the Hopeful and his fourth straight six-furlong move. On Oct. 14, he worked six furlongs in 1:10.90 and two works before that, he went five furlongs in 58.80 seconds.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he was simply looking for "basic stuff" out of both horses on Tuesday.

"I was looking to see if there were any problems," Dutrow said. "I’ve known for a while that they’ve been good; they still are, knock on wood."

Dutrow said both jockeys "were very happy with their horses."

With the sun illuminating the Big A on a cloudless morning with temperatures in the mid-60s, Boys At Tosconova and Acting Happy came onto the track together at 8:45 a.m. They jogged the right way before breaking into a gallop around the clubhouse turn.

With Acting Happy on the outside of Boys At Tosconova, the pair broke off at the six-furlong pole and went in fractions of 12.75 seconds, 25.22, 37.35, 49.89, and 1:02.04. Neither rider was doing much with their hands at any time in the move.

"Very, very happy with the way he breezed," Dominguez said. "As usual, he galloped out on his own. I’m just very excited with the way he’s really coming into the race. He’s doing everything as good as you could expect."

Lezcano believes that Acting Happy, winner of the Black-Eyed Susan and third in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama, "goes better with the blinkers." Lezcano noted that Acting Happy doesn’t usually gallop out.

Also working for Dutrow on Tuesday was Stradavinsky, who went a quick half-mile in 46.83 seconds on the dirt in preparation for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Exercise rider Michelle Nevin was up for the move in which Stradavinsky went his first quarter in 22.90 seconds.

Acting Happy is scheduled to ship to Kentucky on Sunday along with Dutrow’s Juvenile Fillies hopeful Believe in A.P. and is scheduled to work on Monday at Churchill Downs.

Boys At Tosconova will have his final breeze on Monday at Aqueduct and ship to Churchill on Tuesday along with Mile contender Court Vision, Stradavinsky, and Deciphering Dreams, if he makes it into the Juvenile Turf.