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D'Funnybone Could Return in Kenny Noe

Paul Pompa, Jr.’s 4-year-old colt D’Funnybone began his career at Calder Casino & Race Course as a 2-year-old in 2009, winning his debut by 7 ¼ lengths and finishing second by a half-length in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes for breeder Harold Plumley and trainer Joe Calascibetta, and was sold privately to Pompa and sent to New York to trainer Rick Dutrow.


D’Funnybone went on to win five Graded stakes in New York and Gulfstream Park later that season and early in 2010 as a 3-year-old, but went 0-for-4 this year in New York. The chestnut son of D’wildcat has been sent back to Calder and placed with trainer Marty Wolfson and is prominent among the nominees for the $75,000 Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap to be run at 6 ½ furlongs here next Saturday.


D’Funnybone became a major player on the national scene as a 2-year-old winning the Saratoga Special (G2) by 10 ½ lengths and The Futurity (G2) at Belmont Park after leaving Calder before checking in last of 13 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) that fall on the synthetic track at Santa Anita.


D’Funnybone swept the Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park early in 2010 and added the Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on Belmont Day in early June, his last victory. He ran one good race this year finishing second to Trappe Shot in the Waldoboro Stakes at Belmont in May, but faded to last in the James Marvin Stakes at Saratoga on July 22 in his last appearance.


Likely to line-up in the Kenny Noe, Jr. with good local recent form are Bluestone Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old gelding Black Diamond Cat and Rontos Racing Stable’s 3-year-old gelding Bull Dozer.


Black Diamond Cat is a son of Wildcat Heir trained by Larry Bates and won three straight at the meet, including two stakes, and finished a game second last out to Eclipse champion sprinter Big Drama in the Whippleton overnight stakes on Sept. 4.


Bull Dozer is a son of Trippi trained by Jose Garoffalo and was very impressive winning a ‘two other than’ allowance last out on Sept. 23 by 8 ½ lengths, his third victory from his last four starts, punctuated by a good third behind Indiano in the Eillo overnight stakes on Sept. 6.

 

 
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