Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. had a quartet of horses on Saratoga Race Course’s main track the morning of Aug. 11 for six-furlong works: undefeated Trickmeister, multiple graded-stakes winner D’ Funnybone, promising 2-year-old Boys At Tosconova, and last year’s Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner I Want Revenge.
Trickmeister, who was recently acquired by IEAH, handled three-quarters of a mile in 1:12 2/5. Trickmeister has been unbeaten in three starts--all at Delaware Park--including his most recent start in the Barbaro Stakes July 10, and is being pointed to the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
D' Funnybone , who is targeting the Aug. 28 King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs as part of the Travers Day undercard, covered the distance in 1:13 2/5, handily.
“Everything went good this morning,” Dutrow said in a release. “I just liked the way that they went.”
Boys At Tosconova , who posted a dazzling maiden win at Belmont Park last month with a 12-length margin, breezed the distance in 1:15.90. He is being pointed to the Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) for 2-year-olds running seven furlongs on Saratoga’s closing day, Sept. 6.
“We’re in love with him. I’m satisfied with the work,” Dutrow said. “We’re as happy with him as we have ever been.”
I Want Revenge had the fastest work of the quartet with a time of 1:11.1/524, handily. It was his fifth workout since finishing third to Haynesfield in the July 3 Suburban (gr. II) at Belmont Park, which was his first race since being scratched as the morning line favorite in last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Along with I Want Revenge, Dutrow has grade I winner Rail Trip as a possible starter in the Sept. 4 Woodward (gr. I).
The trainer added that he was pleased with the way Acting Happy, most recently third in the Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), is progressing toward the Betfair TVG Alabama (gr. I) Aug. 21. The filly worked six furlongs in 1:14.55 Aug. 9.
In other Saratoga news, Life At Ten, whose six-race win streak will be put on the line against reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the Aug. 29 Personal Ensign (gr. I), came out of her Aug. 10 work in good order, said trainer Todd Pletcher.
The winner of the June 12 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) worked a half-mile in a moderate :51.46 by herself under exercise rider Patti Barry.
“She came out of it very well,” said Pletcher in a statement. “She will work five furlongs, in company, next Monday (Aug. 16).”