10/30/2010 1:54PM

Tony Dutrow confident his three Breeders' Cup-bound fillies will run well


By David GreningTen years after starting his only horse in the Breeders’ Cup series, trainer Tony Dutrow will return this week with three fillies who figure quite prominently in their respective races.

On Saturday at Delaware Park, Dutrow put the trio of Havre de Grace, Rightly So, and Joyful Victory through their final breezes for the Ladies’ Classic, Filly and Mare Sprint, and Juvenile Fillies, respectively. Afterwards, Dutrow expressed optimism that all three will run at least as well as Burning Roma did when he was beaten just two lengths in the 2000 Juvenile at Churchill.

Burning Roma was 41-1 in that race. None of his three fillies figure to be that long a price on Friday.

Havre de Grace, who has built a summer-long rivalry with Ladies’ Classic favorite Blind Luck, worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds under regular rider Jeremy Rose. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40, according to Dutrow.

“She breezed wonderfully,” Dutrow said. “She looked great the whole way around there. Jeremy’s feeling really superior about her and I was so happy to watch it all unfold.”

After losing the Delaware Oaks by a nose and the Alabama by a neck – both to Blind Luck – Havre de Grace defeated that rival by a neck in the Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Parx Racing. Havre de Grace was getting 10 pounds from Blind Luck that day and Dutrow knows that will be brought up by many observers.

“In all of their meetings they ran to the wire together and a couple of those races weight was not a factor,” Dutrow said. “They’re two really, really good fillies in any year and I’m excited to watch Havre de Grace take her on once again.”

Rightly So, winner of 7 of 11 races, including the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga in her last start, worked four furlongs in 47.60 seconds under Rose. It was the fifth work for Rightly So since the Ballerina.

“We got what we believe is an excellent workout today from her,” Dutrow said. “We feel that she is going into the race as good as she can.”

Joyful Victory, third in the Grade  1 Frizette in her second start, worked four furlongs in 48 seconds, in company with the 3-year-old maiden filly Maga’s Daughter.

Dutrow said he worked Joyful Victory in company “to ensure she was focused and put a little something into it. It went as good as you could have wanted.”

Ramon Dominguez will ride Joyful Victory in the Juvenile Fillies.

All three of Dutrow’s horses will be flown to Kentucky from Baltimore on Monday.