08/22/2012 6:25PM

Saratoga: Willy Beamin wins Albany with ease

Barbara D. Livingston
Willy Beamin, with Alan Garcia riding, cruises to a 6 1/4-length victory in the Albany Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Willy Beamin made news late Wednesday morning when he was entered in the Grade 1 King's Bishop, not the Travers, as originally planned. The former claimer made even more news several hours later by drawing away to an easy 6 1/4-length victory over Zivo to post his fifth consecutive victory in the $150,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. 

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said it was owner James Riccio's decision to enter Willy Beamin in the King's Bishop instead of the Travers, and it will ultimately be his decision whether to actually run in the King's Bishop on just three days' rest following his big performance in the Albany.

"I have a van lined up to bring him back to Aqueduct in the morning, but I may have to change plans now and wait and see if we want to run him from the one hole on Saturday,"  Dutrow by phone from Long Island, where he watched the race.

Willie Beamin drew post position 1 for the King's Bishop.

"We have nothing to lose if we run him Saturday and everything to gain if we don't, "said Dutrow. "It might be a good move to run him. He loves seven furlongs and he loves to come back quickly. He can sit and save ground and make a run. Whatever Jim decides is fine with me."

As for the Albany, Willy Beamin set the pace under confident handling from jockey Alan Garcia and then drew off with authority once set down for the drive. Zivo came through between horses to finish second while never menacing the winner in his stakes debut. Fox Rules finished third.

Live for Today was eased before completing a half-mile and was vanned off.

Willie Beamin completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.34 over a fast track and paid $4.30.

"As soon as I saw the entries and looked at the race, I told Jimmy that we should let him take the lead and let them come catch him," said Dutrow. "The jock gave him a super ride, he sat on him until someone made him run and then opened up on the field."