03/17/2011 3:07PM

Dutrow has comebackers in Trickmeister, This Ones for Phil

Barbara D. Livingston
Trickmeister, Garrett Gomez up, wins the Pleasant Colony.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trickmeister, who emerged as a potential force to be reckoned with in the 3-year-old division during the summer of 2010 before being sidelined by cannon bone issues, is back with Richard Dutrow Jr. at Gulfstream Park and had his trainer all smiles at the barn on Thursday morning.

Trickmeister is undefeated in four starts that included a spectacular 11 3/4-length victory in Saratoga’s Pleasant Colony Stakes. The win came in his first appearance since being purchased privately by the IEAH Stable earlier last summer. Dutrow was pointing Trickmeister, a son of Proud Citizen, for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby when he was suddenly stopped on following a routine five-furlong workout at Saratoga.

“His cannon bones were getting to him,” said Dutrow. “He was training okay but not like we needed a horse to train. He really freaked in that race at Saratoga and has got as much talent as any horse in the game.”

Dutrow said Trickmeister will gallop here for the first time on Friday and that he has no timetable set for his return.

“I’m excited to get the horse back and that he’s on the right path,” said Dutrow. “When he tells us he’s ready, we’ll pick a spot.”

Dutrow was equally as enthused about the return of This Ones For Phil who has not started since finishing eighth here a year ago in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. This Ones For Phil registered his most important victory when placed first via the disqualification of Big Drama in the 2009 Swale,a Grade 2.

“He’s put on weight and looks better than ever,” said Dutorw. “He’s one of my best friends. He’s as close to a human being as a horse can get and when he retires he’s coming with me no matter where I’m at.”

Dutrow said This Ones for Phil was sidelined with a back leg problem.

“He’s over it and should be ready in about five or six weeks,” said Dutrow.

Dutrow said he’s also targeting an overnight stakes on Florida Derby day for D’Funnybone’s return. D’Funnybone, a four-time Grade 2 stakes winner, has not started since finishing last in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga.

Tell a Kelly works for Brown

Tell a Kelly, a Grade 1 winner at 2 for trainer John Sadler, was transferred to trainer Chad Brown’s barn earlier this winter at Palm Meadows, where she worked a half-mile in 49.20 on Thursday. Tell a Kelly, a daughter of Pulpit owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, finished seventh in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“I’ve had horses for the owners before, and I think they just wanted to campaign her on the East Coast this year,” said Brown. “She came to me off the farm in Ocala about two months ago in great shape and obviously had a great 2-year-old season with John. This was her second work since she’s been here. She just went an easy half-mile and was well within herself. If I can make it, my first objective would be the Beaumont at Keeneland.”

Brown also reported that Eclipse Award winner Awesome Feather has been back jogging at Palm Meadows for the last three weeks after being stopped on following her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and subsequent purchase by Frank Stronach at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

“She’s getting real close to start galloping,” Brown reported. “Right now we’re taking baby steps with her and so far, so good.”

Brown also said that Free Entry, who finished a disappointing sixth in the Tampa Bay Derby, came out of the race with a sore right foot.

“He hasn’t been back to the track yet,” said Brown. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do with him next, but I won’t do anything until we clear this issue up.”

Lopez back with a bang

Jockey Paco Lopez, sidelined for more than three weeks with an elbow injury, wasted little time getting back to the winner’s circle, registering a victory with the first mount he accepted, Smart Sting, in Wednesday’s featured eighth race.

Lopez, who suffered his injury in the same spill here Feb. 18 in which Eibar Coa fractured the a vertebra in his neck, held a commanding lead in the jockey standings at the time of the accident. He’s currently third in the standings behind Javier Castellano and John Velazquez.

“I’m really happy to be back and hungry going three weeks without riding,” said Lopez who also won Thursday’s second race with Spread the Gossip for trainer Nick Canani.

Lopez said he paid frequent visits with Coa while recovering from his injury.

“He’s moving everything and the therapy is good,” said Lopez.