04/19/2009 11:00PM

Dutrow loaded to continue hot streak


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - When Reptilian Smarts won Sunday's feature race at Aqueduct, it capped a ridiculous four-day period for trainer Richard Dutrow, who won with seven of the nine horses he sent out here since last Thursday. The seven wins put Dutrow atop the trainer standings for the abbreviated four-week main-track meet, which has five days remaining.

The victory also made Reptilian Smarts a perfect 6 for 6 since Dutrow claimed him on Nov. 29 on behalf of owners Vincent Scuderi and Michael Dubb. Claimed for $15,000, Reptilian Smarts has now made $142,200 for his new connections. And that's just in purses. On Sunday, he made Dutrow and friends a few more dollars.

"I bet on my horse yesterday," Dutrow said Monday morning. "He was coming to the race good, it looked like he belonged right there. We did good, babe."

And given the arsenal Dutrow now has in his Aqueduct barn, he should continue to do good. Dutrow could have a big closing weekend at Aqueduct as he is scheduled to send out This Ones for Phil in Saturday's Grade 2 Withers Stakes and Wishful Tomcat in Sunday's $65,000 Kings Point Handicap restricted to New York-breds.

But wait, there's more. Benny the Bull, the champion sprinter of 2008, on Sunday had his second work since coming out of retirement. On Monday, the multiple Grade 1 winner Kip Deville returned to the work tab, as did Meadowlands Cup winner Arson Squad.

This Ones for Phil last ran in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes on March 28, a race in which he finished second but was placed first after being interfered with by Big Drama in the stretch. Prior to that, This Ones for Phil finished fifth behind Quality Road in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at a mile, the same distance as the Withers. But Dutrow believes it was the trip more than the distance that proved This Ones for Phil's undoing in the Fountain of Youth.

"That day, speed was dead, the rail was dead, and I don't understand why we went to the lead with him," Dutrow said. "I think if we would have sat off [Quality Road], we would have been second."

Edgar Prado rode This Ones for Phil in the Fountain of Youth, and Garrett Gomez was aboard for the Swale. Ramon Dominguez will be up in the Withers. On Sunday, This Ones for Phil worked six furlongs in 1:15.06 over Aqueduct's main track.

Others pointing to the Withers include Despite the Odds, Gone Astray, Mr. Fantasy, Supreme Summit, and possibly Just a Coincidence. Gone Astray worked four furlongs in 46.64 seconds at Belmont on Saturday.

Wishful Tomcat, who won last year's Grade 3 Discovery Handicap, will be making his first start for Dutrow in the Kings Point. He also will be returning to New York-bred competition for the first time since last Sept. 24 when he won the Floral Park Stakes.

Wishful Tomcat spent the winter with Bobby Frankel in Southern California, where he finished third in the Grade 2 San Fernando and eighth in the Grade 2 Strub before shipping to Fair Grounds, where he ran ninth in the sloppy New Orleans Handicap.

On Monday, Wishful Tomcat worked six furlongs in 1:15.06 at Aqueduct. On Monday, Dutrow also worked Kip Deville, who went four furlongs in 51.63 seconds, and Arson Squad, who went four furlongs in 50.21. Both horses were working for the first time since returning from Dubai, where Kip Deville finished 10th in the Dubai Duty Free and Arson Squad was 11th in the Dubai World Cup.

Dutrow said he hopes to have Kip Deville ready to run at Belmont Park in the June 14 Poker Handicap, a race he won last year. Dutrow did not have a spot picked out yet for Arson Squad.

On Sunday, Benny the Bull went three furlongs in 39.06 seconds. Dutrow said he has no plans for Benny yet.

Klesaris fillies nearing returns

Trainer Steve Klesaris nearly cornered the market on graded stakes for juvenile fillies in New York last year, winning four of them with three different horses. The trio of Sky Diva, Livin Lovin, and Mani Bhavan all are back in the Northeast, training at the Fair Hill training center in preparation for their return to the races.

Sky Diva, who won the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont in October, will likely make her return in the Gradeo1 Acorn at Belmont on June 6. Klesaris was pointing her to the Comely Stakes here April 11 but had a couple of setbacks along the way.

"She had throat infection, then a stone bruise, too many things came up short of the Comely," Klesaris said. "We've had to regroup and we'll point to the Acorn."

Sky Diva has not worked since March 23 when she breezed a mile in 1:47 at Gulfstream.

Mani Bhavan was the early star of the division, winning the Adirondack and Spinaway before finishing last in the Alcibiades when stretched out around two turns. Klesaris is pointing her to the Miss Preakness at Pimlico on May 15.

Livin Lovin, who won the Grade 3 Tempted, had a chip taken out of an ankle and on Monday she breezed a half-mile in 48.20 seconds, her second work of the year. Klesaris said Livin Lovin and Holiday Girl, who was stakes placed in her second career start, are about a month away from the races, but he did not have a spot picked out.

Meanwhile, Klesaris said he will have 12 head stabled at Belmont for the upcoming meet. He said most of them will be New York-breds, but he will be shipping horses back and forth from Fair Hill.

Per Incanto drills for Westchester

Per Incanto, who made a successful North American debut when he won an allowance race by a neck March 26, worked four furlongs in 46.63 seconds Saturday morning, the fastest of 27 works at the distance. He is pointing to the Grade 3, $100,000 Westchester to be run on the opening day (April 29) program at Belmont Park.

"Just a very nice horse," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

A Group 3 winner in Italy, Per Incanto, a Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry, won a classified allowance by a neck over Saint Daimon, earning a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

"We were very pleased because you don't know coming from Italy and Europe about American speed," McLaughlin said. "Sometimes they can't keep up, even though they're fast horses. He ran well, got a little bit tired late, but he was supposed to."

McLaughlin said Backseat Rhythm, who finished fifth in the April 11 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland, was due to arrive at Belmont on Tuesday. She will be pointed to the Sheepshead Bay on May 23. Also expected to arrive Tuesday from Kentucky is Charitable Man, who finished seventh in the Blue Grass and who could be pointed to the Peter Pan on May 9.