Tom R. Durant's Most Feared, who dominated rivals in the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 28, breezed three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 1/5 Thursday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.
The $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity was the final local prep for the nine-furlong Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Most Feared, a Texas-homebred son of the Unbridled stud Commanchero, is trained by Ronny Werner. He captured the 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."
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. Touch Tone finished third behind Xtra Heat in the grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland last Saturday in his first start of the season. Last summer, 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.