What made Saturday’s race even more impressive was that it was accomplished just three days after a win at The Spa. At the end of seven furlongs on Saturday, there was the 11-1 shot crossing the finish line in front of some of the top 3-year-old sprinters on the East Coast.
“It was very cool,” said trainer Rick Dutrow, who watched the race from a Chinese restaurant in Greenvale, N.Y. “I talked with [brother and assistant trainer Chip Dutrow] up there [about how he came back] and so far, so good.”
The Foxwoods King’s Bishop wasn’t the first time Dutrow has wheeled back Willy Beamin, a 6 ¼-length victor in Wednesday’s Albany for state-breds, on short notice. The bay son of Suave, who has now won five straight for his new connections, won an optional claimer on June 20 at Belmont Park and four days later claimed his first stakes victory in the Mike Lee.
“It’s easy,” Dutrow related on Pass the Buck Talking Horses on Sunday. “All you have to do is enter them. I’m still learning. It’s nothing you pick up form another person. You just have to be game enough to try them. I’m willing to try it and my owners are too. You have to treat each horse as an individual.
“There’s no way I could tell you the how or why of it,” Dutrow told NYRA Press. “So far, what we’ve done works. It makes no sense for me to try to figure it out. I’ve got too many other things to worry about.”
The trainer added that no decision had been made on Willy Beamin’s next start.
“I really have no idea,” he said, “but I’m sure there will be something.”
–NYRA Press contributed to this report.
Willy Beamin/NYRA photo