01/24/2011 4:44PM

Stradivinsky looking good for Dutrow

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Bob Coglianese
Stradivinsky, with Julien Leparoux up, wins the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. warmed up for Amen Hallelujah’s much-anticipated return in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint by sending out Stradavinsky to capture Sunday’s Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Stradivinsky, making his first start since finishing next to last in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, outfinished the slow-starting Great Attack by 1 1/4 lengths to register his second win in four starts since being claimed by Dutrow for $50,000 at Churchill Downs last May.

“I was happy with everything about his race except he didn’t change leads,” said Dutrow. “He hadn’t done that before since I’ve had him. Hopefully it’s not an indication of anything wrong, although he seems to have cooled out fine.”

Dutrow said he would consider taking Stradivinsky to Dubai for either the Golden Shaheen or the $1 million Al Quoz Turf Sprint if his horse is tendered an invitation.

“I think the owners would want to go just for the excitement,” said Dutrow.”

As for Amen Hallelujah, Dutrow can’t wait to get her 2011 campaign underway in the Sunshine Millions. Amen Hallelujah has not started since finishing second in Belmont’s Grade 1 Acorn on June 5. She won the Grade 2 Davona Dale and was second behind Devil May Care in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss here last season.