08/20/2012 2:08PM

Saratoga: Albany win could put Willy Beamin into Travers

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Willy Beamin, with Mike Luzzi riding, wins the Mike Lee just four days after an allowance victory.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Albany Stakes may never have been used as a prep race for the Grade 1 Travers, but that could be the case this year if Willy Beamin runs as expected on Wednesday.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he plans to enter Willy Beamin in Saturday’s Travers even before his red-hot former claimer starts as the heavy favorite in Wednesday’s $150,000 Albany. Willy Beamin, claimed for $25,000 by owner James Riccio early this spring at Aqueduct, will enter the 1 1/8-mile Albany having won his last four starts by an average margin of almost five lengths, a streak that includes an easy four-length decision in the seven-furlong Mike Lee at Belmont Park on June 24.

“If he runs big, we’ll probably run him back in the Travers,” Dutrow said matter-of-factly on Monday. “I plan to enter him in the Travers before he races on Wednesday, but he’s still got to get by the first hurdle before we think about Saturday.”

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Running horses back on short rest is nothing new to Dutrow or Willy Beamin, who won the Mike Lee just four days after capturing a one-mile optional claiming race at Belmont. Dutrow said he opted to skip the second leg of the three-race summer series for New York bred 3-year-olds, the 1 1/16-mile New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 21, to give his horse a little break.

“I was never really in love with the idea of shipping and running him up there,” said Dutrow. “He had run a big number in the stakes, and as a result I felt it would be too quick to bring him back. But he’s been doing really well lately, and I really like this spot we’ve got him in here.”

Fox Rules took advantage of Willy Beamin’s absence to post a wire-to-wire, 6 1/2-length victory over his home track in the New York Derby. The win was the third in the last four starts for Fox Rules, who will share high weight of 124 pounds with Willy Beamin under the allowance conditions of the Albany.

Zivo is an up-and-coming 3-year-old, and trainer Chad Brown said he is confident the lightly raced colt is ready for his best race yet on Wednesday. Zivo has won his last two starts including a first-level allowance race decided at the same nine-furlong distance as the Albany here on July 29.

“The horse has really progressed nicely,” said Brown. “He’s such a big, beautiful, scopey horse that we always thought long term for him, getting him to those mile-and-one-eighth races, and now that we’ve got him there I expect him to run his best. It’s a big step, but my horse is proven at this track at the distance, and I’m optimistic he is going to show up.”

Phil D More than 1 year ago
Hoping Pearl of Wisdom comes up big, his last looked good and seems ready to improve, like to use him with some exacta's with Willy Beamin and Zivo
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Dutrow is a terrific trainer. His record is terrific and most of his violations ARE administrative infractions. He has been made an example of for reasons not known to me. Check out Anonymous below whose posting are factual and not political fantasy. Also, see who testifies on his behalf, maybe Dr. Bramlage. This man loves his horses and loves racing. Posters here need to locate facts, not just indulge themselves with sneering attitudes. The idiots who are forcing Thoroughbred racing into a politically correct formula consider capsaicin, baking soda and hyaluronic acid to be drugs!
Platano Lajara More than 1 year ago
dutrow always runs his horse short rest and they do goood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't mean to be anonymous; I was finally fed up enough to post something and have not figured out how not to be. I failed to address Mark Scheider's post. Checking charts, I could not find a horse familiar with the equine ambulance that was saddled by Rick Dutrow. Again, he cares deeply about his horses and always acts in their best interest. Stop reading all the garbage and look at the facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is too bad that many horseplayers(assuming these people posting actually bet the races) don't recognize that Rick Dutrow is one of the best trainers, if not the best, in our country. Look at thoroughbredrulings.com and you will find that most of his violations are not drug-related. Compare his record to Asmussen, trainer of Horses of the Year two of the last three years.. You will also find that, of the drug-related violations,the majority are very slight overages of drugs that most race horses are using while training. The blue-bloods in NY dislike him so they raid his barn and find drug paraphernalia after he had been in Ky for three weeks-sounds like a set-up to me. Check the facts-you may find a trainer who cares deeply about his horses, knows where and when to run them and is just plain better than the others.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
anonynmous...think clueless coward should be your handle,you have no idea what you are talking about ,trainers like Richard Dutrow with his history of drug abuse,gambling,cheating are all well documented facts about this guy.If you're you looking for a hero in this game ,how about someone like Todd Pletcher who is the consumate professional who carries himself with class and trains and cares for his horses the right way,he is everything that is good about this sport,Dutrow is just the opposite.Heaven help Willy B! ML
Perl More than 1 year ago
They are both dirtier than a dog in a coal chute.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Coming back on 3 days rest is going to put him in the equine ambulance. How about arresting Dutrow should that happen?
Dalton Douglas More than 1 year ago
and he aint gonna beat zivo
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
This is the biggest leap since Bob Beamon in Mexico City! (look it up:)
Agingtombster More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable! When does this clown's suspension begin? Not soon enough!
Perl More than 1 year ago
I have no qualms with Dutrow trying to make money with this horse and start him on two days rest, as long as he is sound. But the improvement this horse has achieved since changing trainers is indeed suspicious to say the least.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
never that is when it begins, it was handed down what over 2 years ago and uphelp in an appeal, this is the joke that is Tbred racing
Perl More than 1 year ago
If he wins tomorrow, his connections will be Beamin because they will be Travers bound. (get it?)
Perl More than 1 year ago
I should have said "Willy be Beamin." Darn, missed opportunity.