Facts point to big weeks for Dutrow
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- "I do not do well with imaginations," Anthony Dutrow said one morning, looking down the shed row at his thoroughbred stars. "I need the facts. I need the facts; I do not do well with imaginations at all."It was after training hours on the backside of Saratoga Race Course, and the horses were standing there, one in a stall near the office and one farther down the aisle. They leaned their heads out over the webbing and peered at the man who spoke of them with admiration and respect.
“"She's a beautiful filly" and "he's doing absolutely fantastic," the trainer said. Then Alabama Stakes contender Havre de Grace arched her glossy brown neck, and Travers Stakes contender A Little Warm shifted on tight, slender legs, and the possibility of two prestigious Grade 1 victories shone from their bright brown eyes. But stop. This, after all, is the eldest Dutrow's stable. Here, talk is always of the facts. No hypothetical situations, no garlands of roses, few pipe dreams, fewer silver trophies. Here, talk is of focus, determination and work ethic, things the late Richard Dutrow Sr. taught all his sons -- Anthony, the oldest; middle child Rick Jr.; and Chip, the youngest -- as they grew up under his regime as one of New York's best, most accomplished trainers. "My dad was a big influence on me throughout my whole entire life, including today," says Dutrow, 52. "His work ethic, his attention to detail, his commitment, his sacrifices -- all those types of things, my dad was superior at. And I do my very, very best to attain the same goals as my dad. They are very important to me, very important." Call Chip and Tony the "other Dutrows," bookends to Rick's flamboyant and accomplished career. They all followed their father into the training of thoroughbred racehorses, but Rick was the one with the untamed, brilliant talent, the one who found the spotlight in 2008 with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, and bullishly navigated his way through a Triple Crown season wrought with ups and downs. Tony, everyone always said, was better with people, more articulate, well-mannered, just plain good. "He's always been the good one, and by 'good' I mean he always did what was right," Rick said. "He always did the right thing. I'm happy to see him getting better horses; he deserves a shot. He's stayed the course, and it's his turn to get some runners."
I do my very, very best to attain the same goals as my dad. They are very important to me, very important.” -- Trainer Anthony Dutrow
Throughout the 2008 Triple Crown season, as Rick Dutrow found limelight at the top of the game, his older brother maintained a low profile. Did he envy his younger sibling's success? Not once.