08/27/2010 3:33PM

Trickmeister romps for Dutrow in Pleasant Colony

Barbara D. Livingston
Trickmeister, who had been considered for the Travers, scores easily in the Pleasant Colony at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - As if winning Friday’s $75,000 Pleasant Colony at Saratoga by 11 3/4 lengths over Our Dark Knight while geared down at the end wasn’t impressive enough, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. had this to say about Trickmeister, his undefeated 3-year-old prospect.

“He’s better than this!”

Dutrow and Trickmeister’s new owners, the IEAH Stables, originally had targeted Saturday’s Travers for their new acquisition’s Saratoga debut before ultimately opting to take the more conservative route and running in the 1 1/8-mile Pleasant Colony. They were rewarded for that decision with the easiest kind of victory, as Trickmeister controlled all the pace under jockey Garrett Gomez before pulling away with complete authority from the more experienced Our Dark Knight despite being eased up near the end.

Trickmeister, a son of Proud Citizen, was purchased privately by IEAH earlier this summer after capturing his first three career starts at Delaware Park with trainer Cindy Jones. He covered the distance over a fast track in 1:48.91 and paid $4.20.

“I’ve been worried about a couple of things with him, which is why we picked this race instead of the Travers,” said Dutrow. “I believe there’s just a little something that’s just not there and so does the jock, and it’s my job to find it and fix it.”

Dutrow then described some of the issues he was alluding to with Trickmeister.

“My riders feel he drags himself and doesn’t switch on time,” said Dutrow. "I just don’t think he’s in the zone and in the game. I knew he was good enough to run today, although I didn’t think he was good enough to run like that. He’s got talent and I’ve got a challenge. But if I can get him right and he starts to train unbelievable, we can go anywhere with him.”

Dutrow said the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 25 would be on the top of the list for Trickmeister’s next start.


Driven By Success scores in Ziegel Memorial

Driven By Success ($2.50) withstood some unexpected pace pressure before ultimately pulling away to a decisive 6 3/4-length decision over Groomedforvictory in the $70,000 Vic Ziegel Memorial Stakes. The win was the third in the last four starts for Driven by Success, who was ridden to victory by John Velazquez for leading trainer Todd Pletcher.

“Once he’s able to make the lead and settle into a rhythm he’s pretty tough. That was a pretty fast race,” said Pletcher. “It was nice to see him win a stakes at Saratoga. We’ll target the Hudson [at Belmont on Oct. 23] and see if we can find something in between.”