|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Trainer Ronny Werner breezed Tom R. Durant's Most Feared three-quarters in 1:14 1/5 Thursday at Arlington Park in preparation for an upcoming engagement in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at the local oval on October 26.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history on that last Saturday in October, and Most Feared already boasts a win here in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity run September 28 as the final local prep for the Juvenile. Should Most Feared parlay his local Futurity win into another score in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, his connections would earn an additional $250,000 under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
Werner, who returned to Kentucky immediately after Most Feared's Chicago breeze, was reached at Keeneland Friday morning for his post breeze comments shortly before he left on a flight to Texas, where he was going to watch his son's high school football game Friday night in Grand Prairie.
"I was pleased with it once I saw the times," said Werner of the Thursday move by Most Feared. "To the naked eye it doesn't look like he's doing what he is doing, so I was concerned until I saw the splits. As it turned out, he got everything out of it that I wanted him to. Even more important, he came out of it okay and cleaned the bottom out of his feed tub last night.
"We'll probably give him one more work next Saturday or Sunday," Werner said of the Arlington-Washington Futurity winner. "We'll watch the weather and let that dictate our plans."
Accompanying Most Feared to Chicago in anticipation of a possible start in the Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint was Durant's Touch Tone, who finished third behind Kenneth Taylor's Xtra Heat in the Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland last Saturday.
The Phoenix, America's oldest stakes race, was Touch Tone's first start of 2002 after a noteworthy sophomore campaign. Last summer, after winning the $250,000 Iowa Derby while based at Arlington, Touch Tone dueled head-to-head with eventual Horse of the Year Point Given in Monmouth's Grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap before weakening in the final strides to finish second by a half-length.
Werner was asked about cutting a horse back to sprint competition after such success at longer distances.
"If a horse has natural speed, like Touch Tone does, he's not going to be slow at three-quarters," said Werner. "You can get away with running him short and then stretching him out. So far this year, Touch Tone has really been on the muscle. When they're 'on tilt' like that, you don't have to start out at two turns.
"This year, Touch Tone's legs have been super," Werner said. "His throat problems are still there, but he's getting his air okay. He's tough. The way he finished the other day, he's okay for sprinting. That was a tough race for him, considering he'd been off a year and a month. You can try to simulate a race with a work, but it's just not the same.
"We'll look toward the Sprint with him and hope he gets in," Werner said of Touch Tone. "If he doesn't get in, we'll look elsewhere."
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy, who captured the Grade I Futurity at Belmont Park by a length and three-quarters September 15, is expected to have his first Arlington Park move Saturday morning in advance of the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, according to part owner/trainer Biancone.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park on October 26 for the first time in their 19-year history.
Should Whywhywhy, who arrived in Chicago last Monday, parlay his Belmont Futurity score to a win in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the entire son of Mr. Greeley would earn an additional $250,000 as a bonus award under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
Biancone, an internationally renowned conditioner for more than 30 years, also brought Michael Tabor's Zavata to Arlington Park for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. That Phone Trick colt, third in the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga August 31 after capturing the Grade II Saratoga Special there August 14, is scheduled for a morning move here on Sunday.
Still another youngster brought to Arlington for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Championships is Michael Tabor & Edward P. Evans' Stellar, who is being pointed for a start in the Grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
"I plan to work Whywhywhy on Saturday," said Biancone. "Zavata will go to the track on Sunday for his work, and I'll do something with the filly (Stellar) early next week.'
Two years ago, Biancone brought Jack Liebau et al.'s Trailthefox here to take down winning honors in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, and the trainer of 1983 Horse of the Year All Along was asked to compare Trailthefox to Whywhywhy and Zavata.
"It's like night and day," said Biancone. "I claimed Trailthefox for $50,000. From a claim, you can only expect so much."
Trailthefox finished 13th in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at more than 60-1, but did beat the favored A P Valentine, owned by Celtic Pride Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Cliveden Stud's Fraulein, the European campaigned 3-year-old filly who is a projected starter in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, had her planned Friday work moved to next Tuesday.
"We just cantered around a mile and furlong today," said assistant trainer and exercise rider Peter Boothman Friday morning during training hours. "Hopefully, we'll get the work done on Tuesday."
Fraulein, who left England mid-September, stopped at Woodbine in Canada long enough to capture the Grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes September 29 at the Ontario oval.
John Castro's My Girl Lisa, who won at last asking in an Arlington Park grass dash September 14, heads a field of 12 fillies and mares, including a three-horse entry, in Sunday's $45,000 added Lazer Show Stakes at five furlongs over Arlington Park's turf course.
If the field remains intact, the sprint stakes will have a gross value of $51,000 with a $30,600 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
Opposing My Girl Lisa in the Lazer Show is the Frank C. Calabrese-owned troika of Concernina, Red Mimi and Golden Antigua.
Others in the field include Richard L. Duchossois' Twin Set, William A. Carl's So Enticing, Gary W. Chaffee's Hawks Pride, and Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Secretsinthesky.
Others named in the Lazer Show: Mel Silver Racing LTD's Darling L, Wexler Stables Inc.'s Feminine Fury, John D. Murphy & Sarum Farm's Shy Dory and My Jo Lee Stable's Soul Onarazorsedge.
Stonerside Stable LLC's Becky Virtue, Nelson Bunker Hunt's McKinney and Jim Tafel LLC's Softly, all with multiple-win streaks recorded this season, are expected to match strides in Monday's $45,000 Sweetest Chant for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth.
The Columbus Day featured event will serve as the headline attraction for the second and last Monday racing program during the 2002 season at Arlington Park.
Also expected for Monday's nine-furlong distaffer event is WinStar Farm LLC's Giving Noreen.
Arlington's regular post time of 1 p.m. will be observed for the holiday program.
Veteran conditioner Charlie Livesay saddled a training double on Thursday's program, taking the fifth event with Barr H. Inman's Hula Medlei and coming back to the winner's circle with Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust & the Estate of Hoss Inman's Purplest.
Irish jockey Michael Doyle, new at Arlington Park this season, accomplished a riding double on the Thursday program, winning the second with My Jo Lee Stable's Four Beers and the eighth with Terrence Brown, Russell Lawson & David Joseph Vicich's Sycamore Creek.
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