|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick L. Biancone's Whywhywhy, the length and three-quarter winner of Belmont Park's Grade I Futurity September 15, worked a bullet move of five furlongs handily in :59 3/5 at Arlington Park shortly after 9 o'clock Saturday morning.
Whywhywhy's Saturday work, in preparation for an proposed engagement in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park October 26, was accomplished with early splits of :11 3/5, :23 1/5, :35 2/5 and :47 3/5. The chestnut colt by Mr. Greeley galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:13 1/5, while working in company with Le Notre, a 2-year-old maiden also trained by Whywhywhy's part owner Biancone. Le Notre is slated for a start at Arlington Park October 25, one day before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history on that last Saturday in October. Should Whywhywhy parlay his Futurity at Belmont win with one in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the owners will earn an additional $250,000 bonus award under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
"Patrick was very pleased with Whywhywhy's work," said Biancone assistant Yan Durepaire back at Arlington's Barn 14 shortly after the move. "The colt was not even breathing hard when he got back to the barn. He looked very good out there, didn't he?"
Durepaire, 29, a native of Chantilly, is the son of a long time assistant to the late legendary French trainer Francois Boutin.
Biancone has slated Michael Tabor's Zavata for an Arlington Park work Sunday morning. Zavata, who finished third beaten three and three-quarters in Saratoga's Grade I Hopeful August 31 in his last trip to the post, is also projected for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Zavata is an entire son of Phone Trick, who won the Grade II Saratoga Special in upstate New York August 14, and captured Belmont's Grade III Tremont June 29.
Stronach Stables Inc.'s Macho Uno, winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile two years ago and a candidate for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic this year, galloped a mile and a half Saturday morning at Arlington Park under exercise rider Tim McCanick.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, often called the Super Bowl of Thoroughbred racing, come to Chicago and Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history on October 26.
Macho Uno's Saturday Arlington exercise, exactly two weeks before the Breeders' Cup, was conducted under the supervision of trainer Joe Orseno, who returned to Chicago Friday night from his New York headquarters.
Following Saturday's exercise, Orseno listened as McCanick described some of the idiosyncrasies of the 4-year-old gray.
"Physically, he looks good," said Orseno, who is not expected to make a final decision on Macho Uno's status for the Classic until the pre-entry deadline at noon on Tuesday. "He has always been very studdish, and when he is in new surroundings he looks around a lot. When he runs with blinkers on, however, he focuses just fine."
Orseno plans to gallop Macho Uno, a son of 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull, a mile and a half once again on Sunday. Macho Uno, the Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old colt or gelding in 2000, has shown flashes of brilliance but a lack of consistency since his juvenile season.
Kenneth Taylor's Xtra Heat, who is expected to try her third Breeders' Cup event in the 2002 Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint October 26 at Arlington Park, is still due to gallop into the race following her impressive triumph last Saturday in the Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Sprint.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington and the city of Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history on that last Saturday in October.
Two years ago, Xtra Heat finished 10th in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies behind Carl F. Pollard's Caressing at Churchill Downs. Last year, however, the daughter of Dixieland Heat was second in the Sprint when it was run at Belmont Park, beaten only a half-length by David J. Lanzman's Squirtle Squirt while racing against males.
After breaking in full stride, the Kentucky-bred filly out of a Hatchet Man mare made the pace, responded willingly when challenged by Squirtle Squirt in the late stages and fought back gamely to just miss.
"I was just thrilled to be second," said Xtra Heat's trainer John E. Salzman Sr. when asked to recall last year's event. "We drew the rail and everybody told me the rail was deep and I didn't have a chance.
"I was real pleased with her effort," said Salzman, a Maryland-based trainer who was invading the New York circuit with his fleet sophomore distaffer. "She was down on the inside where it was deep and she was drawing off. That was a tough race. Naturally, you'd like to win, but you had to be pleased with her effort.
"She's pretty sharp this morning," said Salzman at Arlington on Friday. "Right now, I don't plan on working her again but I might change my mind. I just don't think I can get her much fitter than she is right now."
Arlington Park celebrations in honor of the local Thoroughbred oval's 75th anniversary will begin following the fourth race Sunday, but Sunday's program will also include the 3rd running of the Fegentri World Cup of Nations as the third race of the day.
Included among the amateur riders in the day's third race will be Amy Hebert and Eric Cohn from the United States; Regina Klein and Christian Von Ballmoos from Switzerland; and Valerie Magnard and Freddy Lemercier from France.
Also, Stefania Gervasini and Cristiano Fais from Italy; Emma Folkes and David Dunsdon from England; and Julia Will from Germany.
Following the fourth race, Arlington anniversary celebrations will begin when a giant Eli's cheesecake will be exhibited in the winner's circle surrounded by Arlington's honored guests, including Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder and Arlington's all-time leading rider and Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires.
A video montage will be shown on the Jumbotron and video monitors, followed by brief remarks from Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois celebrating Arlington Park's 75th anniversary.
Following the winner's circle ceremony, the cake will be taken the Grand Staircase area for cutting and distribution to patrons.
Monday's rare racing program at Arlington Park -- only the second Monday racing program offered this season, in honor of Columbus Day observed -- will include a 'Roll Back the Prices' theme.
Admission will be $1, Daily Racing Forms will be $1.50, and hot dogs, sodas and popcorn will be $.50.
Dick Biondi from Magic 104.3 FM will be here noon-2 p.m. at the Grand Staircase on the apron level doing call-ins to the station as well as contests and prize giveaways. Magic 104.3 will have their PT Cruiser and promotion van at each entrance.
Other entertainment for the entire family will include a roaming unicyclist/juggler, a roaming magician, and a face painter.
A Godolphin Racing Inc. threesome of Breeders' Cup candidates is due to arrive at Arlington Park on October 24, according to Dave Duggan, assistant in charge of the Godolphin barn here in Chicago.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, a series of eight Grade I races, will be contested at Arlington Park and in Chicago on October 26 for the first time in their 19-year history.
Imperial Gesture, a candidate for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff; E Dubai, a prospect for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic; and Kazzia, a projected starter in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf will all come to Chicago that Thursday, two days before the Breeders' Cup Championships.
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