06/28/2008 11:00PM

Dutrow, IEAH pull $82 upset with Frost Giant


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. went a long way Saturday toward mending fences with the International Equine Acquisitions Holdings Stable.

Two days after Michael Iavarone, the head of IEAH which owns majority interest in Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, said he had considered taking his horses away from Dutrow, the stable's red, white, and blue silks were in the winner's circle after 40-1 shot Frost Giant upset the Grade 1, $400,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

"I think we got back in the game today," said Dutrow, who got in trouble with Iavarone after he failed to notify him about a clenbuterol positive in Kentucky with a horse he trains for somebody else. Iavarone was not at Belmont on Saturday.

IEAH had purchased Frost Giant from European trainer Aidan O'Brien at the end of 2006, but had only a second-level allowance win from seven starts to show for it. Dutrow said Frost Giant, a son of Giant's Causeway, was a "head case" but had shown signs of settling down lately.

Dutrow gave a lot of the credit to Rudy Rodriguez, who not only rode the horse to victory Saturday, but also gets on him regularly in the morning.

"This was mostly Rudy," Dutrow said. "I mean I directed it - how far and how fast - but Rudy did an unbelievable job not only riding him this afternoon but in the mornings, which made me go to a race like this because you could see he changed and had gotten better."

It was the first Grade 1 victory for Rodriguez.

"We've had him a few years, but he seems to have a new attitude," Rodriguez said.

Frost Giant broke on top and was part of a three-ply pace duel along with Naughty New Yorker and Solar Flare. Naughty New Yorker gave way after three-quarters in 1:12.03, and Solar Flare, under Gabriel Saez, appeared to be going better than Frost Giant turning for home. But Solar Flare drifted out in the final furlong, and Rodriguez persevered along the rail on Frost Giant to get the half-length victory. Solar Flare, trained by Larry Jones, finished second, three lengths ahead of Rising Moon, also trained by Dutrow.

Frost Giant covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.58 and returned $82 as the longest shot on the board.

"I bet on [Rising Moon], but what am I going to do?" Dutrow said. "I got to be happy."

* I Lost My Choo ($3.30) had to go five wide under Edgar Prado in mid-stretch to find running room, but then she was able to wear down Blitzen Too to win the $77,750 Elmont Stakes by a head.

* Da' Tara had his first official workout since upsetting the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, going an easy four furlongs in 51.22 seconds over Saratoga's training track. He is pointing to the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27.