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Thursday, April 30, 2009


FOUT ON THE FLAT WITH DYNA’S LASSIE FOR THE BEAUGAY


It’s not steeplechase season at Saratoga Race Course.

So, don’t be confused when you see that trainer Paul Douglas Fout has entered a horse for Saturday’s 32nd running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on Belmont Park’s inner turf course.


The fact is that Fout is a respected horseman who has been campaigning Eldon Farm’s LLC’s Dyna’s Lassie for more than a year with expected success. Under his care, the 5-year-old Dynaformer mare has four wins and three seconds in seven starts.

Fout is the son of the late Paul R. Fout, the only man to train a champion filly steeplechaser (Life’s Illusion, 1975). The elder Fout died at age 78 in 2005; meanwhile, his son has not missed a beat winning Saratoga’s A.P. Smithwick and the New York Turf Writers’ Cup Steeplechase in 2006 with 10-year-old Hirapour. Last year, Fout won the Smithwick with High Action, and then ran first and third, respectively, with Dark Equation and High Action in the Turf Writers’ Cup.

After one start for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Dyna’s Lassie came to Fout. A solid campaigner in the Mid-Atlantic in 2007, she faced saltier competition at Monmouth Park in three starts last summer.

She had her come-out race at Monmouth when she ran second to J’ray in the Grade 3 Matchmaker. Fout figured that Saratoga would be a logical next step.

“We were all set to ship up to Saratoga, when she got hurt loading into the van,” said Fout from his home in Virginia. “She came off the ramp and rapped her tendon pretty good. She had a pretty nasty cut, and by the time we got her well again, we ran out of time.

“So, we decided to stop on her and wait until this year. She’s a pretty tough mare and if everything works out well, we’ll look to keep her running in the big races at Belmont Park and Saratoga. This is a big step up for her in her first start after so long, and I would be really happy if she ran third.”

Daddie’s Girl’s Stable’s Borrowing Base has drawn the rail for this race, and according to trainer Patrick Quick, the 6-year-old Personal Flag mare can’t wait to make her 44th career start.

“I’ve had her for so long, and she never really had a break,” Quick said. “She won the Ladies at Aqueduct (December 14) and I sent her to my farm on Long Island. She wasn’t happy there at all. She was kicking down the walls and really didn’t want to be there. Sometimes, they just get used to that routine at the barn and they really miss it.

“We brought her back and she has been doing really well. She’s much happier. This isn’t the race I hoped for; it seems to be much tougher. But you never know, and we have a horse that is glad to be back.”

Formerly trained by Dermott Weld, Jon and Sarah Kelly’s Carribean Sunset (IRE) makes her first start for trainer Christophe Clement. The 4-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer is a Group 3 winner in her native Ireland and has been training steadily at Payson Park, Fla. for her Belmont Park debut.

Trainer Barclay Tagg has a strong player here in Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess, who will renew an old rivalry with Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ Scolara. They last met in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs last fall. The Mott-trained Scolara enters this race off a second-place finish to Quiet Meadow, who beat her by a half-length in Tampa Bay’s Turf Distaff on April 4.

The field for Saturday’s Grade 3 Beaugay:

PP. HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WGT.
1. Borrowing Base Pat Quick Mike Luzzi 115
2. Are We Dreamin Randi Persaud Richard Migliore 115
3. Dyna’s Lassie Paul Douglas Fout Eddie Castro 115
4. My Princess Jess Barclay Tagg Cornelio Velasquez 117
5. Scolara Bill Mott Jose Lezcano 115
6. Social Queen Alan Goldberg Javier Castellano 117
7. Sunshine for Life Richard Schosberg Channing Hill 117
8. Carribean Sunset (IRE) Christophe Clement Rajiv Maragh 117
9. Follow My Dream Colum O’Brien Jorge Chavez 115
10ae. By the Light Richard Dutrow Jr. TBA 122

Are We Dreamin was supplemented to this race.


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