10/08/2010 3:19PM

Boys At Tosconova looks sharp in drill


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The Breeders’ Cup is four weeks away, but when it comes to Boys At Tosconova, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. wouldn’t mind if the $2 million Juvenile were run this weekend.

“He’s ready to run right now,” Dutrow said Friday morning after watching Boys At Tosconova work an effortless six furlongs in 1:13.18 over Aqueduct’s main track. “All we have to do is bide our time; it’s not like I have to get him ready to run. He’s ready to chew somebody out right now.”

Off a dominant maiden win at Belmont in July and a solid victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga in September, Boys At Tosconova figures to be one of the favorites for the Juvenile. His work Friday did little to dispel that notion.

Breezing after the renovation break with regular rider Ramon Dominguez aboard, Boys At Tosconova broke off at the six-furlong pole and went in fractions of 12.86 seconds, 24.81, 36.69, 48.88, 1:00.91, and 1:13:18. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26.17. He pulled up a mile in 1:41.79.

Dominguez was basically motionless on the colt and even appeared to be taking a hold of him as he neared the wire, yet Boys At Tosconova still got his last quarter in 24.30.

Dominguez said he took a hold of him because “he’ll continue galloping out too strong. He came back, he was never blowing, he’s such a pro. He’s doing super, bucking and kicking, feeling good.”

It was Boys At Tosconova’s fourth breeze since he won the Hopeful and, weather permitting, he’ll have time for four more works at Aqueduct before departing for Kentucky on Nov. 2.

“I love where I’m sitting,” Dutrow said. “We have a really good horse, he’s doing really good, he’s got a good run over that track. I’m just so happy, and so is our horse. He’s like a playboy; he’s like I was when I used to be young. He’s having so much fun.”

Stradivinsky works toward Turf Sprint

Stradivinsky, winner of the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont in July, worked six furlongs on dirt in 1:12.80 on Friday morning in preparation for a start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

John Velazquez, who will ride Stradivinsky in the Turf Sprint, was aboard the 7-year-old gelding who went in fractions of 23.84, 35.70, and 59.83.

“He’s doing really good and he loves that grass course there,” Dutrow said. “He’s one of the ones there, plus our horse runs big fresh.”

Dutrow claimed Stradivinsky for $50,000 on behalf of Michael Dubb, Jack Mandato, and Michael Caruso’s Bethlehem Stables off a winning effort at Churchill in May. That race came at five furlongs – the distance of the Turf Sprint and a distance at which he is 4 for 6. Stradivinsky, who is 13 for 33 in his career, has not run since finishing third, beaten a half-length, to Chamberlain Bridge in the $250,000 Turf Monster at Parx Racing on Sept. 6.

Acting Happy may join Ladies’ Classic field

Though Dutrow has talked about waiting until the Grade 1 Gazelle on Nov. 27 to run Black-Eyed Susan winner Acting Happy again, he is now considering her for the $2 million Ladies’ Classic.

Part of Dutrow’s potential change of heart comes from developments in the division, including the recent retirement of Rachel Alexandra, the uncertain participation of Devil May Care, who has had some issues with her blood chemistry; and the recent loss by Blind Luck to Havre de Grace in the Cotillion.

“Blind Luck switched her leads six times through the lane in that race,” Dutrow said.

Acting Happy has not run since finishing third to Blind Luck in the Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

Dutrow’s biggest concern about shipping Acting Happy to Churchill is that she has a tendency to tie up when “I move her around,” he said.

Still, Dutrow said he may ship Acting Happy to Churchill when he sends his other Breeders’ Cup horses – tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2 – and see how she acts when she gets there.

Dutrow said he has been pleased with how Acting Happy has trained, especially her recent workouts in blinkers.

“If the blinkers straighten her out where she’s not doing anything wrong and she likes that track, she can win that race,” Dutrow said.

Rail Trip undergoing nuclear scan

Dutrow said Rail Trip was scheduled to undergo a nuclear scan at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Kentucky following his fifth-place finish in last Saturday’s Jockey Club Gold Cup. Dutrow said he could not find anything amiss with Rail Trip but believes there must be an issue for the horse to have trained so well but run so poorly.

Dutrow said jockey Cornelio Velasquez told him Rail Trip “wasn’t taking him anywhere. He had to ask him leaving the gate to keep up.”

Dutrow refuses to believe that Rail Trip simply may not have cared for the dirt. The gelding had made his previous 13 starts on synthetic surfaces. Rail Trip did run with an aluminum pad to protect an issue with his right front foot that cropped up at Saratoga.

“It’s not the dirt,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s his right front foot, but I can’t guarantee anybody about that.”

Meanwhile, Dutrow said Trickmeister, the undefeated 3-year-old that recently came under his care, is suffering from bruising of a hind cannon bone. Trickmeister, who won an overnight stakes at Saratoga by 11 3/4 lengths in his first start for Dutrow on Aug. 27, is getting two months off at the In Front Training Center in upstate New York.

Pebbles highlights Columbus Day card

There will be a 10-race program here on Monday, Columbus Day, topped by a contentious renewal of the $100,000 Pebbles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for one mile on the turf.

Neon Light, a Group 3 winner in Germany at 2, has been bought privately by Lady Sheila Stable and turned over to Kiaran McLaughlin following a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 Lake George at Saratoga on July 28.

The field includes stakes winners Sea Road, Grecian Maiden, and House of Grace, as well as recent allowance winners Aruna and Ask Me Anything.

With Belmont open Monday, there will be no racing Tuesday and Wednesday.