10/05/2007 11:00PM

Wicked Style wires Breeders' Futurity

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Over a Polytrack surface at Keeneland that is generally favorable to closers, Wicked Style bucked the track profile Saturday, dominating the $560,000 Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity from start to finish.

Breaking alertly from his outside post, Wicked Style shot immediately to the lead under Robby Albarado and enjoyed a soft pace following an injury to Gold Train, one of his 11 opponents.

Gold Train broke down pressing Wicked Style entering the backstretch, allowing the latter to slow the pace from 24.17 seconds after a quarter-mile to 49.64 for the half-mile. The six-furlong split was 1:14.65.

Slew's Tiznow, who stalked the pace early, made a bid to go after the winner on the second turn, but was easily turned back. Wicked Style drew away to win by 3 1/4 lengths over him, with Old Man Buck another neck further back in third.

Wicked Style ($24.20) raced 1 1/16 miles over Polytrack in 1:45.21, and pushed his unbeaten record to 3 for 3. Previously, he won a maiden race at Arlington on July 21 and the Grade 3 Arlington Washington Futurity on Sept. 1, which, like the Breeders' Futurity, were run on Polytrack.

His victory in the Breeders' Futurity, a "Win and You're In" prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, assures him a starting position in the race, which will be run over a traditional dirt track at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.

"I don't think the dirt will be a problem," said Rusty Arnold, who trains Wicked Style for Ashbrook Farm.

Gold Train's breakdown was the second such injury over Polytrack during stakes racing at Keeneland on Saturday. Teuflesberg fractured a leg in the Phoenix Stakes earlier on the card.

Gold Train was put down after fracturing a sesamoid, steward Rick Leigh said. Teuflesberg was being evaluated at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Saturday afternoon.