02/12/2010 12:00AM

Hutcheson shaping up a little light


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Anybody with a good 3-year-old sprinter in the barn might want to take a long look at next Saturday's Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes.

As of Friday, only Spectacular Bid winner A Little Warm, multiple Grade 2 winner D' Funnybone, Hear Ye Hear Ye, and City Trooper were confirmed as starters by the racing office for the seven-furlong fixture. A total of 41 horses were nominated for the race, and several of them are expected to run in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on the same day.

Horses can be supplemented to the $150,000 Hutcheson for $6,000.

The field for the 1 1/8-mile Fountain of Youth is shaping up to include from nine to 11 starters. Among those who appear definite to run in this final major local prep for the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 20 are Aikenite, Buddy's Saint, Drosselmeyer, Eskendereya, Jackson Bend, Lost Aptitude, Pleasant Prince, Positive Split, and Pulsion. Prince Will I Am and Tempted to Tapit are still listed as probable.

Trainer Dale Romans confirmed Friday that he would give Lost Aptitude a chance to prove himself on the dirt in the Fountain of Youth. Lost Aptitude won 3 of 5 starts at 2, all on grass, including the Grand Canyon Handicap at Churchill Downs by five lengths. He was upset in his 3-year-old debut, dropping a head decision to Fly by Phil over a yielding turf course in Calder's Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby on New Years Day.

"He's trained well since his last start on dirt, so we'll just see what happens," said Romans.

Romans also said he shipped his Breeders' Cup winner Tapitsfly back to Kentucky on Thursday. Tapitsfly has not raced and has worked just once since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

"I just put her on the shelf for a while," said Romans. "Nothing major. It just seemed like she wasn't doing as well in Florida as she had been before, and I'm not going to run her until she's back to her old self again."

Plans uncertain for Dutrow bunch

Homeboykris, who finished fifth after contesting the pace in the Grade 3 Holy Bull, worked an easy five furlongs in 1:02.79 seconds under jockey Julien Leparoux on Friday. Homeboykris, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne at 2, is nominated to the Fountain of Youth, although his trainer, Rick Dutrow, remains uncommitted regarding the gelding's next start.

Dutrow also said Friday that both Court Vision and Radiohead had received invitations to participate on the Dubai World Cup card on March 27, although he remained uncertain as to whether they would make the trip.

Court Vision was awarded the victory in last Saturday's Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap following the disqualification of Take the Points.

Radiohead, a Group 2 winner in Europe at 2, has not started since finishing seventh for trainer Brian Meehan in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He worked five furlongs in 59.76 seconds here Friday.

Warrior's Reward starts '10 with win

Warrior's Reward began his 2010 campaign with a three-quarter-length victory over stakes winner Royal Vindication and a solid group of second-level allowance rivals on Thursday.

Warrior's Reward, with Julien Leparoux aboard for the first time, rallied from near the rear of the 10-horse field, swinging wide into the stretch before wearing down the leaders in late stretch. The victory, for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99, was the first for Warrior's Reward since he defeated Munnings in a seven-furlong allowance dash at Churchill Downs nine months earlier.

"I was very pleased with his performance," said trainer Ian Wilkes. "Julien said he did it very easily. I told Julien not to push to keep him down inside, that I'd rather he worked him to the outside even if it meant losing some ground doing so, and he did a perfect job. I'd rather not get on the inside here, since the footing usually seems to be a little slower down in there over this track."

Wilkes has nothing picked out for Warrior's Reward's next start, although he did say it would not be around two turns or over a synthetic track.

"I kept coming up with excuses for him last year every time he ran two turns and have come to the conclusion he's just a better horse at seven furlongs to a mile," said Wilkes.

Wilkes also reported that Capt. Candyman Can had his second workout on the comeback trail Thursday morning at Palm Meadows. Capt. Candyman Can, winner of the Grade 1 King's Bishop last summer at Saratoga, has not started since finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"I just gave him some time off after the Breeders' Cup," said Wilkes. "He's a gelding, so there was no sense to keep pushing and pushing. I thought he ran well enough in the Sprint - he only got beat three lengths - but he just didn't have his usual punch."

Wilkes noted that the Breeders' Cup Sprint will be run this year is at Churchill Downs, where he is based for much of the year.

* Gio Ponti worked five furlongs in 1:03.20 at Payson Park on Friday. Gio Ponti, who won two Eclipse Awards in 2009, is nominated to the Grade 3 Canadian here on Feb. 13 but is expected to make his 2010 debut the same afternoon in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby.