01/24/2010 12:00AM

Yate's Black Cat looking sharp

Adam Coglianese
Yate's Black Cat rallied to win his 2010 debut in an allowance race Friday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It's an old adage, but Yate's Black Cat may actually be getting better with age.

Yate's Black Cat, who registered the first stakes victory of his career in 2009, kicked off his 7-year-old campaign in impressive fashion by rallying from the rear of the pack to defeat a strong field of allowance horses by two widening lengths here Friday. The victory was the eighth overall for the son of Black Minnaloushe, who was ridden to victory by Kent Desormeaux.

"He's like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps on ticking," trainer Dale Romans said by phone from the Fair Grounds on Saturday morning. "He's a straightforward horse who has had some bad luck in stakes throughout his career, although he finally won one last year. He's done nothing but improve as he's gotten older."

Yate's Black Cat, who ran fourth behind Einstein in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in 2008, has won only one stakes in 17 tries. That victory came last August at Mountaineer Park. He also was third, beaten a neck after taking the lead at the eighth pole, in the Grade 3 Sycamore going 1 1/2 miles in his 2009 finale.

"The plan was to run him in this race and then bring him back at a mile and three-eighths in the Mac Diarmida, and there's a pretty good shot we'll stick to that plan," Romans said. "Although he ran so well at a mile and one-eighth yesterday that we might consider something at that distance instead."

Romans also reported that he's fallen a little behind in his schedule for bringing Breeders' Cup winner Tapitsfly back to the races. Tapitsfly has worked just once since upsetting the Juvenile Fillies Turf, an easy half-mile here Dec. 24.

"She spiked a little temperature when we first got down here and that changed the layout of things a little bit," Romans said. "I wound up getting started a little later than I wanted and I've just been taking my time with her. She'll have her first breeze back when I return down there next week, and we'll play things by ear regarding where or when she'll run."

D' Funnybone works for 2010 bow

Multiple graded stakes winner D' Funnybone continues to work forwardly for his 3-year-old debut. On Saturday, D' Funnybone breezed five furlongs in 1:01.06 under jockey Edgar Prado. He finished a neck in front of his older stablemate Alma D'Oro before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.89.

D' Funnybone, winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and Belmont Futurity at 2, has not started since finishing far back in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He is expected to launch his 3-year-old campaign in the seven-furlong Hutcheson on Feb. 20.

* Amazing, beaten a nose by Sweet Repent after setting the pace in the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty at Calder, indicated her readiness for the expected rematch in Saturday's Sunshine Millions Distaff after zipping five furlongs in 58.50 seconds at Palm Meadows on Saturday. The Distaff is one of three Sunshine Million races to be run here Saturday, along with the Turf and Sprint.

* Savemyspotimbeting virtually duplicated the opening day performance of his former stablemate Tahitian Warrior when drawing off to a decisive victory in his career debut in Saturday's second race. Savemyspotimbeting, a son of Vindication, is owned by Frank Calabrese and trained by Danny Miller, the same pair who sent out Tahitian Warrior to win at first asking on Jan. 3. Tahitian Warrior was subsequently purchased privately by Godolphin Stable.

Savemyspotimbeting covered six furlongs in 1:08.78 and paid $6.20.