10/09/2009 11:00PM

Homeboykris proves Dutrow right

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Homeboykris rallies to win the Grade 1 Champagne.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Let others attend all the horse auctions they want. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. and his people do their best shopping at Calder.

Opting to leave the multiple graded stakes winner D' Funnybone in the barn Saturday, Dutrow was still able to capture the at Belmont Park when Homeboykris rallied past Discreetly Mine to win by 1 1/2 lengths at Belmont Park. It was another half-length back to Aspire in third. Dublin, the Hopeful winner, finished a non-threatening fifth as the 3-5 favorite.

Edgar Prado rode Homeboykris, one of five wins on the day for the Hall of Fame rider, who had won only seven races through the first 21 days of the Belmont fall meet. Prado also won Saturday's Grade 1 Jamaica.

Homeboykris was making his first start for Dutrow since being purchased privately out of Calder following a July 11 maiden win. Bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto brokered the deal on behalf of Louis Lazzinnaro, Joseph Bulger and Jack Mandato as well as himself. Original owner Brenda Tabraue also remained in for 10 percent, according to Sallusto.

Sallusto also bought D' Funnybone out of Calder and D' Funnybone went on to win both the Saratoga Special and Futurity - both Grade 2 races - and is headed to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile next month at Santa Anita as one of the favorites. Earlier this week, Dutrow said he actually liked Homeboykris better than D' Funnybone when the two first arrived in the barn.

"I didn't know he could run faster, I just liked him better," Dutrow said Saturday in the winner's circle.

Prado had Homeboykris well placed in third early as Super Saver set fractions of 22.79 seconds and 45.78 while being chased by Discreetly Mine, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez. At three-eighths pole, Discreetly Mine poked his head in front and at that point, it seemed like Homeboykris was starting to struggle to keep up.

"He wasn't running on the turn," said Prado, who added that he noticed Homeboykris did the same thing in his two races at Calder.

But once Prado was able to straighten him out in the stretch, Homeboykris kicked in again and was able to run past Discreetly Mine inside the sixteenth pole to get the victory. He covered the mile in 1:35.12 and returned $13.20 to win.

Dutrow said he decided to run Homeboykris in the Champagne off a three-month layoff based on the success of D' Funnybone and, earlier in the year, This Ones for Phil, another horse he bought out of Calder who won the Sunshine Millions Sprint in his first start for Dutrow.

"Why not take a shot?" Dutrow said. He's a gelding, what have we got to lose? We didn't pay a whole lot for him, he got ready at the right time and it all worked out good for us."

Things did not work out well for Dublin, who never seemed comfortable on the track under Ramon Dominguez and checked in fifth of six, beaten four lengths.

"He didn't get into it as much as he normally does, nor did he seem like he was as comfortable on the track as I thought, but they all ran over the same track," trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. "We'll look into it."