05/04/2006 11:00PM

Dutrow trio uncoupled in Bouwerie


ELMONT, N.Y. - Three New York-bred fillies trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. will be on the outside looking in when the gate opens for Sunday's 29th running of the $100,000-added Bouwerie Stakes.

In a field of nine, the Dutrow-trained How 'bout No, Ice Cool Kitty, and Oprah Winney drew respectively in posts 6, 7, and 9 for three different owners, so they will run as separate betting interests.

"We'll take a shot with all three - all the owners want to run," said Dutrow.

An easy maiden winner at Belmont last October, Oprah Winney has been running in open stakes ever since, her only poor race a last-place finish in the Ruthless when she ran back on a wet track only 19 days after a big-figure victory in the Randaroo. She was third last out in a swiftly run renewal of the Grade 3 Cicada, and appears clearly the fastest filly in the lineup provided she can stretch out successfully from six furlongs. Toward that end she was put through several long workouts in April, the last two at six furlongs.

"She's training very good," Dutrow said. "The one time she ran bad I ran her back too quick. I'm glad she drew the outside, and I figure she's the one to beat."

How 'bout No, an easy winner of her debut at Belmont last fall, comes off a win in the Karakorum Splendor, a $60,000 overnight stakes for statebreds.

The lightly raced Ice Cool Kitty comes off decisive wins in maiden and first-level allowance races. She is the lone entrant to have won at seven furlongs.

"Those two look like they're getting better and better," Dutrow said.

The rest of the field, in post order, consists of Pretty Sarah, Homerette, She's Got Zip, Miss L Woods, Doll Baby and Keep Your Day Job.

- Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, nosed in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in his 5-year-old debut, breezed seven furlongs in 1:28.35 on the training track Friday. Tiger, nominated to next Saturday's Bold Ruler Handicap, zipped five furlongs in a bullet 59.89 seconds.

- The Dutrow-trained Kazoo, second last out in the Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, drilled five-eighths in a bullet 1:00.74 at Aqueduct. Kazoo, 8, is nominated to the Bold Ruler, but is more likely to run on the Preakness undercard at Laurel Park in the Grade 3, $150,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap. "He might like that track, and it gives him more time between races," Dutrow said.