Updated on 08/28/2012 10:38AM

Saratoga: Willy Beamin wins King's Bishop on two days' rest

Barbara D. Livingston
Willy Beamin, coming back after winning the Albany for New York-breds on Wednesday, scores again in the King's Bishop.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -  Trainer Richard  Dutrow Jr. turned a $25,000 claimer into a Grade 1 winner and did it on just two day’s rest after Willy Beamin rallied to a half-length victory over Fort Loudon in Saturday’s $500,000 King’s Bishop at Saratoga.

Willy Beamin, haltered by Dutrow and owner James Riccio for a bargain $25,000 at Aqueduct on March 23, captured the 1 1/8-mile Albany Stakes for New York-breds by 6 1/4 lengths here Wednesday before returning to upset the King’s Bishop just 72 hours later for his sixth win in a row.  Dutrow and Riccio had originally considered wheeling Willy Beamin back in the Travers before ultimately deciding to take the more conservative route and run in the King’s Bishop.

As expected, Trinniberg set the pace in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop with Doctor Chit and the 2-1 favorite Currency Swap close on his heels while Willy Beamin bided his time about five lengths off the lead in the run down the backstretch. Willy Beamin was eased outside for clearance as the leaders began to bunch near the eighth pole and then kicked on best of all from between horses under Alan Garcia to outfinish a game Fort Loudon. Unbridled’s Note had to steady briefly when attempting to split horses near midstretch and finished a nose farther back in third.

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Willy Beamin, a 3-year-old gelded son of Suave, completed the distance in 1:22.02 and paid $24.80. 

Dutrow was not in attendance for the Albany and he wasn’t on hand Saturday for the King’s Bishop either. He said he watched both of Willie Beamin’s victories from his favorite Chinese restaurant in Roslyn, N.Y.

“When I saw him running like that I was freaking out. Everybody in the restaurant was freaking out,” said Dutrow. “We got the thrill of a lifetime today, and tomorrow I’m going to get up and try to do it again.”

Dutrow was at a loss to explain why he has been so successful bringing horses back on short rest. Willy Beamin also won the Mike Lee stakes earlier this summer four days after defeating allowance horses at Belmont Park.

“I can’t understand why it works and we don’t really care why it works but we’ll just keep doing it until someone tells me to stop,” said Dutrow. “It doesn’t work for all horses but it works for Willy.”

Dutrow said he’s not sure when or where Willy Beamin will run next but assured it won’t be any time this week.

“We can retire him now, right?,” said Dutrow with a laugh. “He doesn’t have to do any more. Mr. Riccio is a brilliant owner and he calls most of the shots with this horse. He’ll ask my opinion and I’ll give him an honest opinion and we’ll come up with something for him next.”