Wicked Style Hopes to Cast Spell Over Futurity Field
by Jason Shandler
Date Posted: 10/3/2007 6:11:33 PM
Last Updated: 10/6/2007 1:16:48 PM

Arlington Futurity winner Wicked Style takes on a full field in the Breeders' Futurity.
Photo: Four-Footed Fotos
Although never having officially raced at Keeneland, Wicked Style has done the majority of his training on the Lexington Polytrack. Trainer Rusty Arnold is hoping that will give the talented Macho Uno   colt an edge on his 11 contenders in the $500,000 Lane’s End Breeders’ Cup Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 6.

The winner of the 1 1/16-mile event for 2-year-olds will earn an automatic invitation to the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park. The Lane’s End is one of four “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on the Keeneland card.

Wicked Style, out of Deviletta, is the lone Lane’s End starter with a graded stakes win on his résumé. It came Sept. 1 in the one-mile Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), a gutsy head victory over Riley Tucker. It was the second victory in as many starts for Wicked Style, who was bred in Florida by Adena Springs. The other win also came on Arlington’s Polytrack, a length-and-a-half maiden special weight score in July.

Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style gets to stretch out even further now, which Arnold says should be beneficial. “He should love the two turns,” the trainer said of Wicked Style, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 in his final prep Sept. 29. “He is bred top and bottom for it.

“Wicked Style has been here all along and he had run before Saratoga. The Arlington-Washington Futurity set up good for him time-wise, as it was six weeks and we wanted to stretch him out.”

Wicked Style, who leaves from post 12 with Robbie Albarado aboard, will face some tough competition, including Old Man Buck, who has already run four times, winning twice. Trained by Ken McPeek, Old Man Buck has scored in his last two efforts, both turf contests at River Downs. A son of Hold That Tiger-Victorian Woman, he most recently won the 1 1/16-mile Miller Lite Cradle Stakes Sept. 3 by a length.

McPeek described Lawrence Carroll’s Old Man Buck as a “nice horse who’s done nothing wrong.” Perry Ouzts will get the mount.

Also not to be overlooked are a pair of Todd Pletcher 2-year-olds, Referee and The Roundhouse. WinStar Farm’s Referee, by Distorted Humor  , out of Officiate, was a $1.2-million purchase. In his only start the chestnut colt won by 7 3/4 lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint at Turfway.

The Roundhouse, a half-brother to Circular Quay, has already started twice in graded stakes competition at Saratoga, placing both times. Most recently the Fusaichi Pegasus   colt was second to Kodiak Kowboy in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) Aug. 16. Win or lose, Michael Tabor’s The Roundhouse, who broke his maiden at Monmouth in June, will probably be headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Two multiple race winners to consider are Briarwood Circle and Mikimoto’s Mojo. Trained by Mark Casse, Briarwood Circle has raced three times, all at Woodbine. After winning in maiden special weight competition and then taking an allowance by more than three lengths, the son of Smart Strike  -Fleet Road was second by 1 1/4 lengths on the turf in the Summer Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 16.

Mikimoto’s Mojo is two-for-two so far, including a victory in the Sept. 3 Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Owned by Stanley Seelig and trained by Patrick Mouton, Mikimoto’s Mojo had an impressive workout Sept. 1 in his debut on Keeneland’s Polytrack, breezing four furlongs in :47.60.

Also to watch with interest is Ready Set, a bay colt owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trained by Michael Matz. In his second start the Touch Gold   colt won by 10 lengths in a mile-and-70-yard maiden special weight event at Delaware Park.

Tend, Gold Train, Slew’s Tiznow, Adriano and Fidelio complete the field.

$500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I, Race 8, 5:15 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds, 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Tend (KY), 121, Calvin H. Borel
2. The Roundhouse (KY), 121, John R. Velazquez
3. Mikimoto's Mojo (KY), 121, Corey J. Lanerie
4. Gold Train (KY), 121, Mark Guidry
5. Briarwood Circle (KY), 121, Patrick Husbands
6. Slew's Tiznow (KY), 121, Julien R. Leparoux
7. Referee (KY), 121, Rene R. Douglas
8. Adriano (KY), 121, Ramon A. Dominguez
9. Old Man Buck (KY), 121, Perry Wayne Ouzts
10. Fidelio (KY), 121, Rafael Bejarano
11. Ready Set (KY), 121, Corey S. Nakatani
12. Wicked Style (FL), 121, Robby Albarado



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