07/31/2010 12:12PM

Charitable Man ready to begin comeback at Delaware Park


Charitable Man, a multiple graded stakes winner at 2 and 3, makes his return from almost a year layoff in a $43,000 allowance race Monday at Delaware Park. Charitable Man had been entered in Sunday’s Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth Park, but will scratch from that race.

Formerly trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Charitable Man will be making his first start for Tony Dutrow, who said he received the horse in mid-June.

The distance of Monday’s race is six furlongs and Dutrow said the hope is that Charitable Man runs well enough to be considered for a start in the Grade 1 Forego, a seven-furlong race at Saratoga on Sept. 4. Charitable Man, who won his debut at Saratoga going 6 1/2 furlongs by 11 1/2 lengths in 2008, is 3 for 3 around one turn – including wins at Belmont Park in the Grade 2 Futurity at 2 and the Grade 2 Peter Pan at 3 – and zero for 4 going two turns.

“He’s been training all summer at Delaware, we thought why not give him a nice race over the track, shake the rust off, then put him on the first van to Saratoga and go hunting bears and see if we can get lucky,” said Mark Reid, racing manager for owner William Warren.

After winning the Peter Pan last year Charitable Man ran in the Belmont Stakes, finishing fourth behind Summer Bird. Charitable Man finished third as the favorite in the Jim Dandy and fourth in the Travers.

Reid said that Charitable Man had several “minor issues” that sidelined him after the Travers.

“He had some filling here, [we] cleaned up a couple of joints, nothing earth shattering,” Reid said.

Charitable Man wintered at the Vinery in Ocala, Fla., and under the tutelage of trainer Ian Brennan, the colt breezed four times before shipping to Dutrow’s Delaware Park barn. Charitable Man breezed six times for Dutrow, with his last four moves being bullet works.

“`His fitness is there,” Dutrow said.

Charitable Man will break from post 3 under Jeremy Rose.

Regal Solo is making his first start since winning the Jennings Stakes at Laurel Park last Nov. 28. His trainer, Damon Dilodovico has won with 4 of his 8 starters at the meet.

Prince Joshua, third in a similar spot as this on July 12, Fufty Too, and Courting Wisdom all look as though they could contest for the early lead. Great Love completes the field.