09/30/2002 12:00AM

Beaten Macho Uno stays on BC course

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CHICAGO - The biggest disappointment of the four Arlington stakes held this past weekend involved one of the two horses most likely to move on to the Oct. 26 World Thoroughbred Championships.

Macho Uno, who finished fifth and last as a 3-5 favorite Sunday in the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap, was deemed a probable starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic by trainer Joe Orseno shortly after the Washington Park. Orseno chalked up Macho Uno's struggle to a lack of fitness, saying he had expected Macho Uno to get tired and merely wanted a prep for the Classic.

"He was about where I thought he was at," Orseno said. "If everything looks fine in a few days, we'll go on with it."

Meanwhile, Most Feared, a convincing winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity on Saturday, will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile barring a setback.

"That was the whole goal all along," trainer Ronny Werner said Monday. "I was hoping he would show Saturday that he belonged, and I think he did."

Most Feared had won consecutive one-mile races around two turns at Monmouth Park but proved just as effective in the Futurity, a one-turn mile. He shipped from Arlington to Churchill Downs on Saturday night and appeared to come out of his win in good shape.

"It didn't really take much out of him," Werner said. "He spent six hours on a van, got home in his stall, rolled, and got up bucking and playing."

Werner said Most Feared would return to Arlington for at least one of two works before the Juvenile.

Anasheed, the Godolphin colt who rallied from far back and finished second in the Futurity, also remains under consideration for the Juvenile.

Moonlight Sonata, who paid $122.60 winning the Lassie, is a candidate to return here from Kentucky for the Juvenile Fillies. Moonlight Sonata was a maiden going into the Lassie, and her victory called into the question the field's quality. Still, as her connections had hoped, Moonlight Sonata is a better horse at distances beyond sprints, and trainer Bill Helmbrecht thinks she can handle the nine furlongs and two turns of the Juvenile Fillies.

"I really do. I've never seen this filly back up," Helmbrecht said Monday. "She's always running by horses, and I don't think I've ever seen a horse run past her."

Souris, a game third in the Lassie, probably will make her next start at the Churchill Downs meet, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

The first two finishers in the Washington Park Sunday, Tenpins and Generous Rosi, also could be Breeders' Cup bound, though the connections of Tenpins will wait and see how the horse recovers from a taxing race, and Generous Rosi is more likely to start next in the Fayette Handicap at Keeneland.

"He's a little tired, but not as much as I would've expected," trainer Don Winfree said of Tenpins, who beat Generous Rosi by a neck.

Trainer Niall O'Callaghan said he "won't rule out" the Classic for Generous Rosi, but is leaning toward the Fayette. "I think his early speed would be more effective at Keeneland," O'Callaghan said.

Mystery Giver, who won the Sea O' Erin by a neck with a powerful finish, will start next either in the Steinlen Handicap on the Breeders' Cup undercard or in the Carey Memorial at Hawthorne.

Runaway Ridge vs. only five foes Wednesday

The nondescript Wednesday card lacks quality, with statebred, first-level allowance fillies battling in race eight, the nominal feature.

Runaway Ridge, thought by her connections to be a turf filly, broke through with a nine-length maiden win Sept. 18 when a wet turf course moved her race from grass to dirt. Running back on two weeks rest, she faces only five opponents in a sub-par race.

The sixth, for 2-year-old maiden fillies at about a mile on turf, is more interesting. Majestic Smoke, a half-sister to turf stakes winner Marquette, makes her grass debut after finishing second to Ashraaf on dirt in her career bow. The race also marks the career debut of All Saint's Eve, a half-sister to the classy turf miler Witchful Thinking.