D'Funnybone: won a Grade 2 at Gulfstream Park on his first run this termPICTURE: HorsePhotos/NTRA
D'Wildcat Derby hope kicks off Classic season
KENTUCKY DERBY hopeful D'Funnybone got his Classic season under way in fine style with a win in the $150,000 (£92,593/€104,630) Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his first run since trailing in last in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
D'Funnybone is from the first crop of his sire, D'Wildcat, since his switch to the Florida base of Vinery South. D'Wildcat previously stood two seasons at Windfield Farms, Ontario. His fee was raised from $6,500 to $10,000 for 2010.
D'Wildat is by Forest Wildcat, himself a son of Storm Cat, out of the D'Accord mare D'Enough.
Trainer Richard Dutrow said: "I'm happy to get him back and run so well off of the layoff. At this point, I'm not ready to concede that his race in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile was attributable to the distance, but rather to the [synthetic] track.
"Training any three-year-old at this time of the year, you think about the Kentucky Derby, so unless something develops to change my mind, the Florida Derby is likely where he'll go next."