12/07/2011 3:52PM

Gulfstream Park: Dutrow gearing up his handicap trio of Boys At Tosconova, Trickmeister, and Redeemed

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Boys At Tosconova is nominated to the $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes on Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The handicap division figures to be wide open in 2012, and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is hoping to be a major player in that category with a trio of older horses he’s got in training at Gulfstream Park this winter that includes Boys At Tosconova, Trickmeister, and Redeemed, all of whom are nominated to the $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes on Dec. 17.

Boys At Tosconova worked an easy six furlongs in 1:15.16 here Wednesday. The winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 2 was never asked at any point of the trial, posting splits of 25.48 seconds for his opening quarter and 49.90 for the half before galloping out seven-eighths in 1:28.27.

Boys At Tosconova was sidelined for 11 months after the Breeders’ Cup, before returning to finish third in an allowance race at Belmont Park on Oct. 8. He moved forward off that effort five weeks later, defeating optional claiming company by 2 1/2 lengths shortly before shipping to Florida for the winter.

“He had an issue with his right ankle after the Breeders’ Cup, and we stopped on it before it became a more serious issue and in time to get him back the right way,” Dutrow said. “It looks like he needed the first start back, and I was very happy with his last race. We’ll see what happens next, I don’t want to go for the gut right away, but he could wind up in the Hal’s Hope here next month.”

The undefeated Trickmeister has been away since dominating an overnight stakes at Saratoga during summer 2010 for his fourth victory in as many starts. The outing was the first since Trickmeister was transferred to Dutrow after being purchased several weeks earlier by the IEAH Stables. Trickmeister worked six furlongs in 1:11.87 here Sunday.

“Trickmeister never trained good when we first got him, but I put him in that stakes at Saratoga and he freaked,” Dutrow recalled. “Garrett Gomez knew he hadn’t been going that well and said after the race that if we straightened this guy out, the sky is the limit. We were pointing him for the Pennsylvania Derby, but he just went the opposite way, so we backed off him because of his cannon bones.”

Trickmeister went back into training again here last winter and suffered a cracked tibia that forced him to the sidelines again.

“He’s training like a superstar right now, he’s ready, and I wouldn’t be afraid to run him in a race like the Hal’s Hope,” Dutrow said.

The one-mile, Grade 3 Hal’s Hope is the first graded stakes for older horses here in 2012 and will be run Jan. 14.

Dutrow also mentioned the Hal’s Hope as a possible launching point next year for Redeemed, who closed out his 2011 campaign with a victory in Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Discovery Handicap. Redeemed won his maiden here last March.

“I wouldn’t be afraid to run Redeemed in the Donn with a prep first,” Dutrow said. “The one thing I’m trying to do is to keep all three of these horses separated as best I can this winter.”

Dutrow currently has 25 horses bedded down at Gulfstream Park and mentioned the possibility of bringing a couple more down from New York, including All Due Respect, runner-up in the Grade 2 Go for Wand on Nov. 25; as well as Believe in A. P. who has started just once since finishing second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle in her 2-year-old finale last fall.

Sacristy works fast, eyes Old Hat

The most impressive work at Gulfstream on Wednesday morning was turned in by the promising 2-year-filly Sacristy, who went five furlongs in 58.18 under exercise rider Gina Lattanzio shortly after the first renovation break. Sacristy, a daughter of Pulpit owned by John Fort’s Peachtree Stable, was in hand throughout, posting splits of 23.60 and 34 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.

Sacristy finished a distant second in each of her first two starts before closing out her 2-year-old campaign with an impressive 6 3/4-length maiden win at Churchill Downs in her first start over dirt.

“She’s a pretty nice filly,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “We worked her slower last week to set her up for this one, and she did it pretty easy. I haven’t really decided where she’ll run next, but she ran like a stakes filly last time and worked like a stakes filly this morning, so we’ll probably run her against stakes horses next time. Our options are either the Old Hat or a first-level allowance race.”

The six-furlong, Grade 3 Old Hat will be run on New Year’s Day.

Catalano will have another of his talented 2-year-olds in action next weekend, when he sends out Coalport in the one-mile Dania Beach on the turf. Coalport won his debut and finished second in the Grade 3 Bourbon before finishing a disappointing 11th in the BC Juvenile Turf.

“He did not like the track in the Breeders’ Cup,” Catalano said. “The rider said he wasn’t the same horse at all over that turf course.”

The Dania Beach drew a whopping 48 nominations and along with Coalport includes five other members from the Juvenile Turf field, Excaper (finished second), Lucky Chappy (fourth), Finale (seventh), Shkspeare Shaliyah (ninth), and State of Play (12th).