01/07/2010 12:00AM

Tony Dutrow sets sights on Gulf stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Anthony Dutrow had never wintered in south Florida prior to this year. Then again, Dutrow never had the type of stable he's brought down from New York for the 2010 Gulfstream meet.

Dutrow has a barn full of stakes-caliber horses, four of whom will compete on Saturday's five-stakes Gulfstream Park Sprint Showcase. Among them are the undefeated and virtually untested 3-year-old filly Cuff Me, who figures to be the favorite in the Grade 3 Old Hat. Dutrow will also send out a pair of promising 3-year-old colts, Westover Wildcat and A Little Warm, in the Spectacular Bid, along with Presto Change O in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector.

"I've never raced down here before, but I've got 28 with me now," said Dutrow who is stabled at the Palm Meadows training center. "Not to make a big deal out of anything, but I've got a bunch of horses for races like the Forward Gal, Davona Dale, Holy Bull and Gulfstream Park Sprint. We have horses to participate in three of these races on Saturday, and I'm feeling good about our chances."

Cuff Me, a New York-bred, has won her first three starts by an average margin of better than seven lengths, including the restricted Silent Turn Stakes in her 2-year-old finale.

"She was touted as a nice filly before she even came to me and they were right," said Dutrow. "All three of her efforts at 2 were impressive and she couldn't be doing better since coming down here, so why not give her an opportunity to swing for a graded stakes?"

Although not coupled in the wagering, Westover Wildcat and A Little Warm figure to complement each other nicely in the Spectacular Bid. Westover Wildcat, already a stakes winner, does his best running from up front, while A Little Warm figures to be coming on strong at the end.

"We think both horses are sitting on really big races the way they've been training," said Dutrow. "It took us a couple of tries to figure A Little Warm out and it took him a couple of tries to figure things out as well, but once we were able to take a hold of him and let him finish he's really flourished. I think he'll definitely go further. I don't think there's any chance whatsoever that Westover Wildcat will."

Presto Chango O came to Dutrow last month from trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The lightly raced son of Grand Slam has looked sensational on occasion, including 11 months earlier when he earned a 101 Beyer winning his maiden by nine lengths here.

"I feel he's also sitting on a big effort and we want to put that to good use, although we're also well aware this is a very big step to take," Dutrow said.

Dutrow is also high on Winslow Homer, who will launch his 3-year-old campaign in the Grade 3 Holy Bull later this month. A son of Unbridled's Song, Winslow Homer won two of three starts at 2, including an entry-level allowance race by more than a dozen lengths at Philadelphia Park to close out the campaign on Nov. 20.

* Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award candidate She Be Wild got to stretch her legs for the first time on Wednesday since her arrival in south Florida, although her time of 55.06 for a half-mile wasn't quite fast enough to be listed as an official workout. Trainer Wayne Catalano has not yet picked out a race for She Be Wild's return.

* Piscitelli, who has not started since finishing fourth after setting the pace in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 at Palm Meadows on Wednesday. Piscitelli may also make his 3-year-old bow in the Holy Bull.

* HRTV will be onsite here Saturday offering live coverage of the Sprint Showcase card. Scott Hazleton and Carolyn Conley will anchor the broadcast.