|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Tom R. Durant's Most Feared, who dominated rivals in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity here September 28, breezed three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 1/5 Thursday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for an engagement in the upcoming Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity was the final local prep for that upcoming championship event. The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a mile and an eighth test, will be run at Arlington Park October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Most Feared, a Texas-homebred son of the Unbridled stud Commanchero, is trained by Ronny Werner. He captured the 68th running of the local Futurity by three lengths. Should the colt combine that tally with one in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he will earn an additional $250,000 under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
During his Thursday move, Most Feared accomplished splits of :24 3/5; :36 4/5; :49; and 1:01 3/5 on his way to his six-furlong time. Arlington jockey Ray Sibille was aboard the 2-year-old, who galloped out seven-eighths in 1:27 3/5.
"The colt 'two-minute-licked' it from the mile pole to the three-quarter pole before beginning the work," said Illinois State clocker Bobby Belpedio, "so he really went a mile in 1:39 and change. He looked good."
Most Feared was vanned to Werner's base in Kentucky after his Arlington-Washington Futurity score, but returned to Arlington Wednesday afternoon.
Arriving with Most Feared was Durant's Touch Tone, who is being pointed toward a start in the Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint by Werner.
Touch Tone finished third behind Kenneth Taylor's Xtra Heat in the Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland last Saturday in his first start of the season. Last summer, as a sophomore, Touch Tone dueled Horse of the Year Point Given in Monmouth's Grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap in a hard drive before weakening to finish second by a half-length.
Courtlandt Farm's Newsbreak, undefeated in two trips to the post, both on grass, heads a promising field of 11 youngsters in Saturday's third running of the $75,000 Manila Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile over the Arlington Park lawn.
Newsbreak, a precocious son of Red Ransom out of a Personal Flag mare, broke his maiden at first asking over the turf course at Colonial Downs by a neck on July 15. The Kentucky-bred underlined that tally when he drew clear by a length and three-quarters in an allowance race on grass at Belmont Park September 13.
Capable of providing strong competition for Newsbreak is David Beard's Zydeco Affair, an invader from Texas who is undefeated in two starts on grass after three undistinguished efforts on the main track.
In his last trip to the post at Retama on the outskirts of San Antonio, Zydeco Affair came from off the pace to capture the $100,000 El Joven Stakes by three-quarters of a length on August 31. The bay is by Islefaxyou out of an Affirmed mare.
John S. Pettibone's Come Back Now, another who is undefeated over the lawn, is worthy of consideration in Saturday's Manila. In his last start at Kentucky Downs September 23, the entire son of Deputy Commander proved best by three lengths on turf after being unsuccessful in his previous effort on the main track at Ellis Park.
Trained by Dan Smithwick Jr., Come Back Now had broken his maiden before that in his career debut at the Western Kentucky oval when racing on the lawn July 28.
Bent Oak Farm's Dr. Phil, a John Salzman Sr. trainee who accompanied Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint contestant Xtra Heat to the local oval, broke his maiden on the turf at Colonial Downs and finished third September 27 in the $50,000 World Appeal Stakes at the Meadowlands. That race, originally carded for the grass, was taken off and run over a sloppy main course.
Others named to the Manila include Terry Raymond, Gus Goldsmith & Raymond D. Perez' Del Diablo; Preston Stable LLC's High Octave; and Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Mr Mississippi.
The rest of the Manila field includes Danny Bird's Oneofthebirdboys; Choctaw Racing Stable's Our Only Option; Jan Nilsen's Swindler; and Larry D. Bielfeldt's Larry B.
John Castro's My Girl Lisa, who captured her last start in an Arlington Park grass dash September 14, is expected to head a field of about eight distaffers in Sunday's $45,000 added Lazer Show Stakes at five furlongs over Arlington Park's turf course.
My Girl Lisa came from off the pace to tally by a half-length in that last effort, an allowance sprint with similar conditions.
Those likely to oppose the roan daughter of With Approval in Sunday's featured event include Mel Silver Racing LTD's Darling L, Wexler Stables Inc.'s Feminine Fury, Gary W. Chaffee's Hawks Pride, and Jeffrey Sullivan & Ernie Poulos Racing Stable Inc.'s Paul's Dream.
Others likely for the Lazer Show include Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Secretsinthesky, My Jo Lee Stable's Soul Onarazorsedge and Richard L. Duchossois' Twin Set.
Arlington Park and The Amateur Riders Club of America present the third renewal of the Fegentri World Cup of Nations, sponsored by Thoroughbred Collections, this Sunday during Arlington's 75th anniversary celebration.
The World Cup of Nations will feature non-professional jockeys from six finalist nations, showcasing athletic horsemen and horsewomen competing with total indifference to monetary compensation.
Representatives from the United States, England, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland will be featured.
Seventy-five years ago Sunday, on October 13, 1927, Arlington Park opened, with jockey Joe Bollero winning the first race aboard Luxembourg.
The 75th person to pass through the gates this Sunday will receive a two-night stay at the Hilton Chicago.
Also on Sunday, any person 75 years of age will be admitted free to Arlington Park.
A winner's circle ceremony featuring a giant Eli's cheesecake will also be conducted during the racing program.
An added reminder: the second of two Monday racing days this season will take place this week in honor of Columbus Day observed. Regular post time of 1 p.m. will be in effect.
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