02/04/2011 4:25PM

Rocking Out looking sharp for Dutrow

Tom Keyser
Rocking Out, with Jose Lezcano up, wins his debut

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. –Boys At Tosconova may be trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s top Kentucky Derby prospect at this time. But he’s not the only promising 3-year-old in the barn.

Those looking for a sleeper on the Derby trail might want to consider Rocking Out – a son of Include who registered an impressive maiden victory in his only start at 2 – especially after the way the inexperienced colt handled himself here Friday morning against no less a workmate than the multiple Grade 2 winner D’ Funnybone.

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Working in company, Rocking Out broke about 1 1/2 lengths behind D’ Funnybone but finished a neck in front after breezing six furlongs in 1:11.20 with jockey Jose Lezcano aboard. The pair cut out very honest fractions over the fast racetrack, posting fractions of 24.36 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.18 for a half, and 58.80 for five furlongs.

Edgar Prado was in his regular seat aboard D’ Funnybone.

“He worked well,” Dutrow said of Rocking Out about 45 minutes later. “He’s a race horse. He’s been training huge, and I knew he could hang with a horse like D ’Funnybone. He’s ready to run, I’m just not sure at this point what we’re going to do with him. I’d like to run him one turn next, I’m just not sure what race to look for.”

As for Boys At Tosconova, Dutrow is still scratching his head trying to figure out just what might be bugging his Grade 1 winner who was being pointed for but did not make his 3-year-old debut last Sunday in the Grade 3 Holy Bull.

“He hasn’t gone to the track for the last several days,” said Dutrow. “He could go out there and do anything we asked him, but it’s probably not in his best interests at this time. We’re still evaluating. We can’t see anything wrong, and there can’t be anything much, since all the tests we gave him have been clean, but something is just not right. I’d rather know what I’m dealing with. Not knowing is not good. My job now is to find it and fix it before we can go on with him.”

Dutrow said D’ Funnybone, who has not started since finishing well back in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last August at Saratoga, is still a couple of works away from launching his comeback.

“He still has a belly and needs a couple of more breezes before we start looking for a race,” said Dutrow.

D’ Funnybone won both the Grade 2 Swale and Hutcheson here last winter. Dutrow said he was stopped on after the King’s Bishop because “his cannon bones were getting to him.”

Dutrow also sent his Grade 2-placed turf horse National Kid out early Friday morning to breeze five furlongs in 59.

“It was his first five-eighths and a lot faster than we thought he’d go, although all the horses are getting over this track so easily,” said Dutrow. “As you can see from his past performances he can be a little trouble, so at the moment I’m just pointing him for his next breeze and nothing else.

National Kid, a Brazilian-bred, has not run since finishing second behind Get Stormy in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch last summer at Saratoga. It was only the fifth start of the 6-year-old gelding’s career.

Dutrow also said that Acting Happy, idle since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, will likely return in the Grade 3 Rampart Handicap on April 3 and that Rail Trip remains on the farm in Kentucky with his future still uncertain at this time.

“He’ll be reevaluated in about 30 days,” Dutrow said of Rail Trip. “He just has a right front frog area that’s no good and which he’s struggled with for the longest time. “