06/16/2010 11:00PM

I Want Revenge turns in strong work


ELMONT, N.Y. - I Want Revenge took a significant step toward making it to the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 3, by working a solid seven furlongs out of the gate Thursday morning at Aqueduct.

Despite stumbling coming out of the gate under jockey Ramon Dominguez, I Want Revenge worked seven furlongs in 1:27.34, breezing in company with the Grade 2 winner Golden Spikes and the unstarted 2-year-old Deciphering Dreams. With the stumble, I Want Revenge began about 1 1/2 lengths behind that pair, and despite coming four wide off the turn and into the stretch, I Want Revenge still completed his final quarter in 23.41 seconds while finishing about two lengths in front of Golden Spikes. Deciphering Dreams only worked five furlongs.

I Want Revenge galloped out a mile in 1:41.98.

"I was just looking to give him his basic breeze going seven-eighths out of the gate and Ramon's very happy with the horse," trainer Rick Dutrow said. "He's cooling out good. I don't see an issue."

It was the eighth breeze for I Want Revenge since he joined Dutrow's barn in April. I Want Revenge has not run since winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 4, 2009, a race at Aqueduct in which, coincidentally, he stumbled out of the starting gate. His victories in the Wood and before that the Grade 3 Gotham, earned I Want Revenge morning-line favoritism for the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

However, I Want Revenge was scratched from the Derby the morning of the race with an ankle injury. The injury was eventually diagnosed as a torn ligament, and it seemed unlikely he would make it back. His progress has amazed even Dutrow, who took over the training of I Want Revenge after IEAH Stable bought out David Lanzman's interest in the horse earlier this year.

"They're not supposed to come back from his injury, but I see no signs of any injury with him and I look at his leg quite often and I just don't see that there's an issue with him," Dutrow said. "He's been very good."

The Suburban, formerly run at 1 1/4 miles, has been shortened to 1 1/8 miles this year, and Dutrow said he believes I Want Revenge can make that race.

"If he continues to train this way," Dutrow said. "We're trying to keep him sound and happy, right now he's both."

The California-based jockey Joe Talamo, who has ridden I Want Revenge in his last six starts, was scheduled to work the colt on Thursday. But his red-eye flight from Southern California was late and Dutrow did not want to wait to work the horse, who went out at 8:45 a.m.

"He said his plane was delayed an hour and a half," Dutrow said. "He should have called me. I would have told him not to come. I feel bad about it, but I'd rather breeze him on a fresh track like that than wait for a jock."

Dutrow did say that Talamo would ride I Want Revenge in the Suburban.

"He's done nothing wrong around the horse," Dutrow said. "He had his heart broke for the Derby. How do we take him off the horse? He gave him an unbelievable ride in the Wood. He belongs staying on the horse."

Golden Spikes, who is also a recent acquisition to the Dutrow barn, is targeting the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on July 10. Golden Spikes won the Grade 2 Carry Back at Calder in 2008, but finished last in two allowance races at Calder last fall.