07/28/2005 11:00PM

Dutrow returns to an active stable


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Richard Dutrow won't need an alarm clock to get him out of bed Sunday morning.

After serving a 60-day suspension for medication violations, Dutrow will be eligible to return to work at Saratoga on Sunday morning.

"I'll be there at 5 a.m.," Dutrow said by phone Friday.

Dutrow can make entries in his name Sunday for Wednesday's card, but won't be listed in the program Sunday or Monday. Until then, horses from his barn will continue to run under the name of Juan Rodriguez, his New York assistant.

While Dutrow was away, his stable did very well. Saint Liam won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs and Offlee Wild won the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. Rodriguez went 21 for 67 since June 1 at Belmont. Before beginning his suspension, Dutrow went 12 for 55.

"I'm looking forward to being around my horses," Dutrow said. "Things went so smoothly while I was away, but it wasn't a big deal to my horses and to my clients and to my help. Everybody did so good while we were gone - I was the only one who missed out."

Dutrow comes back at a time when his barn will be extremely active at Saratoga. On Monday, Dutrow's stable will run Not Phone in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap. Next Saturday, Dutrow will run Saint Liam as the probable favorite in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap. Dutrow said Offlee Wild could run in the Whitney if the track comes up wet. Offlee Wild worked six furlongs in 1:13.66 on Friday. Next Sunday, Dutrow will send out Silver Train in the Grade 2, $150,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at six furlongs.

In his last start, Silver Train won an entry-level allowance race by 6 3/4 lengths. He ran six furlongs in 1:07.67, just missing the Belmont Park track record for the distance by .01 second. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108.

"I think the one that caught us all by surprise was Silver Train running such a big race," said Dutrow, who added that he watched most of the races on television. "I was expecting Saint Liam and Offlee Wild to run their races."

Dutrow said he is running Not Phone in the Bernard Baruch in hopes of earning points toward the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 29, but is not sure how well Not Phone will handle a two-turn, 1 1/8-mile race against the likes of Artie Schiller, America Alive, and defending Baruch champion Silver Tree.

"Not Phone likes that course at Belmont so much. I'd love to run him in the Breeders' Cup Mile," Dutrow said. "He loves that grass course. It's a one-turn thing that would be a hell of an opportunity to take a big chance. I'm not crazy running him a mile and an eighth two turns, but maybe we'll get a great trip and a couple of horses won't."

When Dutrow returns, he will find that Sis City, the Grade 1 Ashland winner, has returned to his barn. Stonerside Stable, which owns Sis City, transferred her to Bobby Frankel during Dutrow's suspension. After she finished fourth in the Delaware Oaks, Sis City was moved back to Dutrow's barn. It is uncertain whether Sis City will run in the Alabama, but she could be pointed to a turf race.

"She didn't come out of her race the way she went into it," said Dutrow. "We're going to have to figure things out with her."

Henny Hughes earns 105 Beyer

Henny Hughes came out of his sensational victory in Thursday's Grade 2 Saratoga Special in good order and will be pointed to the Grade 1 Hopeful on Aug. 27, trainer Patrick Biancone said Friday.

A son of Hennessy, Henny Hughes covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.66 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105. Henny Hughes, who is now 3 for 3, was making his first start for Sheikh Rajid bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, who purchased him privately for a reported $4.3 million.

"He's just too talented," said Biancone. "He's just learning. It took him three furlongs to be rid of them in the Tremont. It took him two furlongs to be rid of them [Thursday]. He had his ears pricked and just enjoyed it. I hope he stays happy and sound, and from there we'll go furlong by furlong."

The Hopeful is at seven furlongs. The Champagne, which will be run Oct. 8 at Belmont, is at a mile. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 29 at Belmont is at 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer Steve Klesaris said he was pleased with the race from Master of Disaster, who finished second. Master of Disaster, a 13 1/4-length maiden winner at Delaware in May, will most likely await the Grade 2, $300,000 Futurity at Belmont on Sept. 17.

"He came back fantastic," Klesaris said. "He was bouncing this morning. He finished with run left in him, and I'm very happy with the race. I'm sad we lost, but I'm happy with the way he rated very kindly. What I didn't want was a dogfight. He would not have learned anything."

Klesaris said Master of Disaster would return to Delaware Park on Sunday, and said he plans to run Diabolical, an impressive maiden winner at Belmont, in the Hopeful.

Sweet Symphony to Alabama

Trainer Bill Mott believes Sweet Symphony got enough out of a second-level allowance win Thursday to be pointed to the Grade 1 Alabama on Aug. 20. An undefeated 3-year-old filly, Sweet Symphony is owned by George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable.

Sweet Symphony stalked a pedestrian pace under jockey Jerry Bailey before drawing clear in the stretch to win the allowance by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:53.87 for 1 1/8 miles. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

"It's back in three weeks, so I don't think we would have wanted that hard a race," Mott said. "Jerry said if I want to run her back it would probably be okay. It was a good experience, and it didn't look like another furlong would bother her any."

* Trainer Bobby Frankel said Lady Pegasus, who was scratched out of an allowance race Thursday because of complications associated with the race-day security barns, might run in the Victory Ride Stakes on Aug. 25. Horses who are entered in stakes are stabled in one of the two regular barns that are used as part of the security-barn setup.