01/12/2011 5:56PM

I Want Revenge sharpens up for Donn

Barbara D. Livingston
I Want Revenge is being pointed to the Donn Handicap on Feb. 5.

I Want Revenge continues to work forwardly for his 2011 debut, which is expected to come in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 5.

Working immediately after the first renovation break and into a very strong headwind down the backstretch, I Want Revenge posted splits of 24.66 seconds, 36.98, and 49.47 before completing the distance in 1:13.80 with a final quarter in 24.23.

“I was very happy with the work,” trainer Dick Dutrow said. “And if he keeps working like he did this morning he’ll run in the Donn.”

I Want Revenge, scratched as the likely favorite the morning of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, was transferred to Dutrow’s barn last season and made two starts at 4, finishing third after bobbling at the start of the Grade  2 Suburban on July 3 and third in Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Iselin seven weeks later.

“I was really happy with his first race back in the Suburban,” said Dutrow. “He ran big that day but he couldn’t handle Haynesfield at Belmont Park. Not many can. The race at Monmouth seemed like a good spot to bring him back, he had plenty of time off after the first start, but for whatever reason he just didn’t show up. We checked everything out after that race and everything checked out good so we just decided to regroup and he’s been training well for a while.”

Big Drama heads six-horse Mr. Prospector

Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Big Drama drew the outside post in a field of six entered for Saturday’s Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Big Drama will carry high weight of 124 pounds, conceding two pounds to defending champion Custom for Carlos and Taqarub. Our Edge, Peace at Dawn, and Catalan, who was supplemented into the race, complete the lineup.

There are no standouts in Saturday’s Grade  3 Sugar Swirl, the filly-and-mare counterpart to the Mr. Prospector. As a result, the race lured a competitive group of 10, including co-highweights Hilda’s Passion, Jessica Is Back, and Tar Heel Mom. The remainder of the field consists of D’wild Ride, Landing My Way, Moontune Missy, Noisy Feet, Ms Vanenzza, J  Z  Warrior, and Bronx City Girl.

Calder horses get van service for training

Beginning Thursday, Gulfstream Park will provide van service for horses based at Calder to ship over to train on selected mornings over the next week. Calder is scheduled to renovate its main track beginning Monday and has not watered the surface for several days. As a result, some Calder-based horsemen voiced their concerns about breezing over the track until the work is completed.

According to Calder officials, the renovations should be completed by the end of next week, weather permitting.

“We’re appreciative of the Calder horseman for their participation in our program and recognize helping them ship here to work during the renovations is good for all parties concerned,” said Tim Ritvo, vice president of racing for MI Developments.

Two Calder-based horses made the eight-mile van ride on their own to work here Wednesday morning. Trainer Manny Tortora sent his stakes-winning filly Sweet Lallabye over to breeze six furlongs in 1:16.20 while Joe Catanese had Hundred Acres go a half-mile in 47.60.