(From track report)
Michael Tabor's Zavata, one of the top 2-year-olds in training last summer at Saratoga, breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Arlington Park Sunday morning in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 26.
Zavata won the Tremont (gr. III) at Belmont Park June 29 and the Saratoga Special (gr. II) in upstate New York Aug. 14. He finished third, beaten 3 3/4 lengths in the Hopeful (gr. I) at the Spa August 31. The Phone Trick colt has been away from the races since that
outing, but arrived at Arlington along with internationally renowned trainer Patrick Biancone last Monday to prepare for the Juvenile.
Working in company with a Biancone-trained maiden 2-year-old named Murray's D. J., Zavata recorded splits of :13 3/5, :26 and :37 4/5. The bay youngster galloped out five-eighths in 1:03 3/5.
Zavata's move was recorded one day after the Biancone-trained Whywhywhy worked a bullet move of :59 3/5 going five-eighths while also pointing toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. That Fabien Ouaki and Biancone-owned youngster won the Futurity (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start Sept. 15.
"Both horses worked very well," said Biancone Sunday morning when summarizing his youngsters' weekend activities. "Zavata and Whywhywhy both seem to like this beautiful weather here in Chicago, and the weather, when it's like it is today, is also very good for our training schedule.
"Both horses came out of their workouts very well," Biancone said, "and I'm very pleased with the way they are progressing.
"I will probably work Whywhywhy again on Thursday and Zavata the next time this coming Friday," Biancone said.