|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy and Michael Tabor's Zavata, a pair of 2-year-old colts being pointed for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile by the French-born but internationally renowned trainer Biancone, both breezed five furlongs Thursday morning at Arlington Park.
The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile will be contested at Arlington Park October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Whywhywhy, length and three-quarter winner of Belmont Park's Grade I Futurity September 15, worked in company with Buckram Oak Farm's Prince In Command, and accomplished the five-eighths distance in 1:03 4/5, picking up the pace late to get the last quarter in :24 3/5.
Prince In Command, slated for a start in the $100,000 Gilded Time on the Friday before the Breeders' Cup races, breezed the five furlongs in 1:04 1/5.
Zavata, one of the top 2-year-olds in training last summer at Saratoga, went to the track in Biancone's next set, and breezed the same five-furlong distance in 1:02 4/5. Zavata, winner of the Grade II Tremont at Belmont June 29 and the Grade II Saratoga Special in upstate New York August 14, worked in company with the maiden Murray's D. J., also trained by Biancone.
While commenting on both colts' Thursday breezes, Biancone also advised that Michael Tabor & Edward P. Evans' Stellar has been withdrawn from consideration for the Grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Regular exercise rider Jose Guerrero was aboard Whywhywhy and Zavata during their Thursday breezes, while French jockey Tony Farina rode the 2-year-olds that accompanied each of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile candidates.
"Whywhywhy worked good," said Biancone later Thursday morning. "I didn't want him to go too fast today. He came out of it good and scoped clean afterward. Everything went perfect with him."
Should Whywhywhy parlay his Futurity at Belmont win with one in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the owners will earn an additional $250,000 bonus award under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
"Zavata worked a little bit faster," said Biancone of the colt who was scratched from the Grade I Champagne with a minor problem and has not started since finishing third in the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga August 31. "He needed to have a more serious work. He's on his way. We'll probably do something else with him in another three or four days. He'll be right by the time the race comes up. We'll just have to wait. Zavata also came out of his work good and also scoped clean."
Zavata recorded splits of :12, :24 1/5, :35 4/5 and :48 1/5 on his way to his five-furlong time.
John C. Oxley's Sky Mesa, four-length victor in the Grade II Lane's End Breeders' Futurity last Saturday at Keeneland, galloped about a mile and a half at Arlington Park Thursday morning during training hours after arriving at the local oval on Wednesday.
Sky Mesa is at Arlington Park in advance of a start in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile on October 26. The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile is one of eight championship races that make up of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, coming to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history on that last Saturday in October.
Should Sky Mesa, a son of Pulpit, parlay his win in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity with one in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the 2-year-old will earn an additional $250,000 for his owners under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge.
Arriving with Sky Mesa was Oxley's Hero's Tribute, a 4-year-old who is being pointed for a start in the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap on the Breeders' Cup Day undercard.
"I flew in earlier to meet the van when the horses got here," said Donna Ward, wife of trainer John Ward and the primary assistant to her husband. "The horses shipped fine, and are doing well this morning."
While Sky Mesa, with exercise rider Danny Ramsey up, was tacked up and on the track with Donna Ward aboard his lead pony, the group had a brief scare with a loose horse on the track at the same time. Fortunately, there were no problems of interference with the Breeders' Cup candidate.
"I still had the shank on him," said Mrs. Ward, when asked about the potentially dangerous incident. "I was leading him up to the stands and had not turned him loose. He was pretty secure with that.
"One good thing," said Mrs. Ward, as she took another turn around the shedrow while still hotwalking Sky Mesa after his gallop, "is that he handled this racetrack very well. Both of these horses did."
The $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile and an eighth, is one of three Arlington Park stakes to be contested October 26.
Those three events will be in addition to the eight Breeders' Cup races run that day when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Accompanying the Black Tie Affair is the $100,000 Steinlen Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Also, the $100,000 "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward, will be run on that last Saturday in October.
Those expected to join John C. Oxley's Hero's Tribute in the Black Tie Affair include Antsu Stables Inc.'s Balto Star; Flying Column II's Generous Rosi and Mark Corrado's On Your Mark.
Among those likely for the Steinlen Handicap: John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred; Stonerside Stable, A. Quartucci & Gold Spur Stable's Capsized; Willmott Stables Inc.'s Cheshire; The Thoroughbred Corp.'s February Storm; and Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy.
Others probable in the Steinlen include Laura & Eugene Melnyk's Rhythm Band; Lazy Lane Farms Inc.'s Royal Quarters and Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's Shoal Creek.
Probable starters for the "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap include Edward P. Evans' Gold Mover; The Thorougbred Corp.'s Habibti; Bluestem Farm Inc.'s Oglala Sue; and West Point Thoroughbreds' Sweet Nanette.
Margaret Lazuka's Buster Bailey, a winner of his last two straight at the local oval, heads a field of 10 named to contest Saturday's $42,000 Explosive Darling Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth over the Arlington Park lawn.
Carl Moore Management LLC's G All Day, who also boasts two straight trips to the winner's circle here, is another who merits strong consideration.
Facing those two: George F. Frey Jr.'s Big Daddy Longlegs; Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Coping; Cherrywood Racing Stables Inc.'s Major Omansky; Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare; Team Block's Reno Rumble; BJB Stable's Runaway Victor; Mrs. & Michael P. Brickman's Smilin' Slew; and Patrick Livney & Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Thomas Crown.
Reno Rumble, a multiple stakes winner here in the past, may have lost a step as an 8-year-old gelding but still must be considered dangerous here.
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