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LUNAR BOUNTY TOPS GRADE II ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 27, 2001) -- Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty, winner of the Grade II Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs in July, seeks his second graded stakes score when he heads postward as likely favorite in Saturday's $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park.
The Grade II one-mile event is the richest race of the local season for the juvenile set and will be televised nationally on CNBC as part of the Bessemer Trust 2-Year-Old Challenge Series. If Saturday's Futurity winner goes on to win the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies October 27 at Belmont Park, the owner of that horse will earn a $250,000 bonus. An additional $1 million bonus can be earned if the horse then goes on to win Kentucky Derby 128 at Churchill Downs next May.
A son of Migrating Moon, Lunar Bounty broke his maiden at first asking when he captured a 4½-furlong special weight race here June 21. After his initial victory, the Ronny Werner charge was shipped to Kentucky where he took the Bashford Manor by 2½ lengths. After finishing a disappointing fifth in his next start, the Grade II Saratoga Special in New York, he returned to Arlington and ran second in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes, the final local prep for the Futurity, September 8.
Jockey Frank Lovato Jr., who has been aboard for all four of Lunar Bounty's races, gets a return call in the saddle.
Slated to face Lunar Bounty Saturday are: Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Dubai Squire, Marlon St. Julien; Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase, R. D. Williams; Overbrook Farm's Major Storm, Rene Douglas; Stonerside Stable LLC's No Trouble, Eddie Martin Jr.; Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, Randall Meier; and James Tafel LLC's Tinker, Craig Perret.
Of these, Dubai Squire comes into the Futurity on a roll having won his last two starts. The Eoin Harty-trained son of Summer Squall broke his maiden by three lengths August 23 and came back Sept. 9 to take a first-level allowance race by 7½ lengths.
Tinker, a winner at first asking on Aug. 18, finished third in the six-furlong Spectacular Bid last time out and the Gene Cilio trainee should appreciate the added distance of Saturday's Futurity.
It'sallinthechase was fourth in Spectacular Bid in his last start; the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Major Storm broke his maiden on the turf at Saratoga in his most recent effort; No Trouble was runner-up to Dubai Squire in that Sept. 9 allowance race; and Publication won his career debut Sept. 2 at Bay Meadows.
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