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Willy Beamin winning the 2012 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont on June 24.
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese

From a traditional viewpoint, Saturday’s Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop was an ambitious spot for a New York-bred gelding making his first graded stakes appearance. Add to that the fact that Willy Beamin, who’d been claimed for $25,000 in March, was running back on just three days rest and the word “ambitious” would seem like an understatement.


At the end of seven furlongs, however, 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., where he recommends the shrimp and broccoli. “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.


“There’s no way I could tell you the how or why of it,” said Dutrow. “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.”




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