11/25/2010 1:55PM

Court Vision gets a softer spot in Citation Handicap

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Barbara D. Livingston
Court Vision will make his first start since a fifth in the BC Mile in Saturday’s Citation Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Court Vision is the only starter in Saturday’s $250,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park who ran in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs earlier this month.

Court Vision finished fifth, 2 3/4 lengths behind the incomparable Goldikova, who won the race for the third consecutive year. The Grade 2 Citation Handicap, run over 1 1/16 miles on turf, is a considerable drop in class for Court Vision, who won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in Toronto in September.

About the only aspect of Saturday’s race that concerns trainer Rick Dutrow is Court Vision’s quick turnaround from the BC Mile.

“I think he’ll run as good as he can, considering he’s coming back quick and flying in between,” Dutrow said. “He’ll give it all that he’s got, and hopefully, that will be enough.”

Dutrow had a realistic impression of Court Vision’s performance in the BC Mile, when he rallied from seventh in a field of 11.

“He got beat by some very nice horses,” he said. “I was happy with his race.”

The $1 million Woodbine Mile has been the highlight of Court Vision’s season. A 5-year-old horse who has won 8 of 25 starts and $2,591,521, Court Vision rallied from 12th in a field of 13 to outfinish The Usual Q.T., who later ran third in the BC Mile.

“It happened at the right time, too,” Dutrow said of the Woodbine race. “It was a big purse.”

In the Citation, Court Vision faces one other 2010 Grade 1 winner in Victor’s Cry, who won the Shoemaker Mile here in May from off the pace.

As a closer, Court Vision should have a pace to follow in the Citation, which drew a field of 10. Ryehill Dreamer, a stakes winner in Ireland last year, has speed as does Enriched, who won the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf Aug. 28.

Ryehill Dreamer led throughout an optional claimer over a mile on turf on Oct. 8, his first start in more than 18 months. Trainer Julio Canani saw enough from that performance, and subsequent workouts, to convince owner Marsha Naify to pay a $5,000 supplemental fee to make Ryehill Dreamer eligible for the Citation.

“It’s unbelievable the way he’s training, and that’s why I suggested we supplement to the race,” Canani said.

Ryehill Dreamer is one of four horses in the field with wins in their last starts.

Bruce’s Dream won the California Cup Mile on Oct. 30, beating Colgan’s Chip and Liberian Freighter, who also start in the Citation. Violon Sacre won the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct, 17, while Proudinsky is making his first start since a win in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap last December. Meteore, fourth in the Oak Tree Mile behind Liberian Freighter on Oct. 9, also starts.

Victor’s Cry has lost three starts since the Shoemaker Mile, including a ninth in the Woodbine Mile and a fifth in the Oak Tree Mile. Victor’s Cry has worked quickly in recent weeks, giving trainer Eoin Harty reason to believe the Citation is a good time to challenge Court Vision.

“If you have to pick a time to take him on, this is the spot,” Harty said. “We should have a good pace to run at.”