01/24/2006 12:00AM

Dutrow free to run here at last

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Silver Train (right), winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint, is aiming for the Richter Scale.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Richard Dutrow Jr. has been conspicuously absent from the program since the meet began on Jan. 4, though not by any choice of his own. Dutrow, who trained two 2005 Breeders' Cup winners, including Horse of the Year Saint Liam, was banned from running horses the first three weeks of the meet while the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering "processed documentation and did a background check on his license application," according to division director Dave Roberts.

Dutrow finally received his 2006 license late last week, saddled his first horse here Sunday, and should be back in full throttle once he returns to south Florida from Monday night's Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he picked up both champion older horse and Horse of the Year honors with Saint Liam.

"The same thing happened to me last winter," Dutrow said from California on Monday. "Apparently they have been checking up on some personal issues that were cleared up years and years ago. It's all very confusing to me. They told me it should take only a week to 10 days and it ended up taking three weeks. Hopefully this won't happen again next year."

Dutrow has a full complement of horses stabled at Palm Meadows again this winter, the most notable being Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award finalist Silver Train.

"He just started breezing again the other day, and if all goes well he'll make his first start at Gulfstream on March 4 in the seven-furlong stakes," Dutrow said referring to the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap. "After that, he'll run in the Carter and the Metropolitan Handicap. The Met [Mile at Belmont Park] has been my main goal since the Breeders' Cup."

Dutrow said he plans to run Wonder Lady Ann L., winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes in her 2-year-old finale, in the Davona Dale Stakes a week from Saturday.

First Samurai on target for Hutcheson

First Samurai came out of a seven-furlong work here Sunday in good order and remains on target for the Hutcheson Stakes on Feb. 4, trainer Frank Brothers said. First Samurai worked seven furlongs in 1:23.40 with Brothers's wife, Donna Barton Brothers, aboard.

"He'll have one more work next weekend, perhaps out of the gate," said Brothers.

First Samurai's competition in the 7 1/2-furlong Hutcheson figures to include Fabled from trainer Nick Zito's barn. Fabled tuned up for the assignment by working a bullet half-mile in 47 seconds here Monday morning.

Fabled, a son of Tale of the Cat, won both of his starts as a 2-year-old and suffered his first defeat when a troubled second in an allowance race here earlier this month.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's undefeated 3-year-old Keyed Entry is also Hutcheson-bound. He worked a bullet half-mile in 47.80 at Palm Meadows on Sunday.

Tagg unhappy with Funny Cide's work

Funny Cide, seventh in his 2006 debut in the six-furlong Mr. Prospector Handicap, worked five furlongs in 59.40 at Gulfstream in company with stablemate Augri on Monday.

"I was planning on running him in a one-mile allowance race on Feb. 2, but I wasn't real happy with the way he worked this morning," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "And I'm not going to point to anything with him until I'm satisfied."

Tagg ruled out the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 4 for Funny Cide, but said the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 4 remains a possibility.

Hills running bi-coastal on Millions Day

Trainer Tim Hills will be in action on both coasts on Sunshine Millions Day. He entered Stormy Roman to run in the $500,000 Turf at Gulfstream and Vous in the $500,000 Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Both will be making their second Sunshine Millions start.

"I guarantee Stormy Roman will be right there in the Turf," said Hills. "He always tries his heart out, and he loves this course."

Stormy Roman worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 here Monday.

"I decided to send Vous to Santa Anita for the Distaff Turf because of the huge purse and the fact there are no stars in the race," he said. "Hopefully she'll be able to at least pick up a piece."

Hills also worked Toll Taker on Monday, the 4-year-old going six furlongs in 1:13. He scratched Toll Taker from Saturday's Grade 3 First Lady Handicap in lieu of Tampa Bay Downs's Manatee Stakes on Feb. 4.

"She was in post 2 and I just didn't want her down on the inside getting dirt kicked in her face," Hills said. "If she was on the outside, I definitely would have run, but I am trying to have her start the year off on the right foot."

* Good seats for Saturday's Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park are costly. All carrels with televisions in the first floor of the clubhouse, which normally go for $10 a day, cost $40 on Saturday - as will each of the 900 seats on the second floor. Carrels without televisions, priced at $5 daily, will sell for $20 apiece on Saturday.

* Barbaro worked four furlongs in 48.40 at Palm Meadows Monday. Barbaro puts his undefeated record on the line, and runs on dirt for the first time, in the Holy Bull Feb. 4.