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Wilson Brown, the trainer of Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase, was hauling his runner-up Arlington-Washington Futurity colt back to Oklahoma when reached mid-Sunday morning somewhere in the hills of Missouri.
"It looked like he came back good," said Brown, who had exited the Arlington Park stable gate at 2 a.m. with It'sallinthechase in a trailer behind. "I thought I could have won it (Saturday's Grade II main event for 2-year-olds in Chicago) if I didn't get in trouble on the turn.
"But I've been training horses for a lot of years, and I've won a lot of races, but I've been outrun a lot more times," said Brown. "Overall, I was very pleased with his race. We were tickled with the way he ran, especially considering it was his first mile race."
In the Saturday's $150,000 Futurity, It'sallinthechase broke well, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and was up to gain the place, while a neck behind the winner. In the $75,000 Spectacular Bid three weeks ago, the colt had been fractious in the gate.
"We would have won that race," Brown said of It'sallinthechase that day, "if we had got away good." The Kentucky-bred had finished fourth in that six-furlong test, beaten only two lengths for all of it. With a pair of successive encouraging outings at Arlington during September, Brown was asked about plans for the future of It'sallinthechase.
"I got a call from the owner last night," said Brown. "He said: 'You know this horse is Breeders' Cup-eligible, and I'd sure like to go.' Whether we will, or not, I don't know. You don't often get a shot in a race like that, and this man (Olson) has been a good client.
"There is a mile race at Remington for him ($100,000 Remington MEC Mile, Nov. 24) at the end of the meeting," said Brown, "so that's another way we could go. Whether he's good enough for the Breeders' Cup (Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Oct. 27) I don't know for sure, but you can't win if you don't run, and in a race like that, you don't have to win it to make it worthwhile. I'd say it's 50-50 right now on the Breeders' Cup."
Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, winner of Saturday's Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, will not be going on to the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile on October 27.
"No, absolutely not," said trainer Terry Knight, when reached by phone in Northern California Saturday evening. "I don't think he's ready to make that kind of jump with those kinds of horses. We asked quite a bit from him today going from a five-and-a-half-furlong maiden to a one-turn mile. That's enough at this point."
However, the 2001 Futurity winner was in good order Sunday morning at one end of Jerry Hollendorfer's barn with groom Wally Ramirez keeping him company.
"He ate everything last night and he's nice and relaxed today," said Ramirez of Publication, an entire son of Petionville out of a Storm Cat mare.
"My boss (Knight) gave him to me when he was a little baby," said Ramirez, who doesn't know yet when he and the colt will be making the return trip to Northern California. "Probably in a couple of days, as soon as my boss can line up a flight. It was a long trip getting here. We had to go from Bay Meadows to Santa Anita and then come here. But he ran like a champion."
Assistant trainer Dave Duggan, in charge of the Godolphin string at Arlington Park on a day-to-day basis, was in a positive frame of mind Sunday morning following Dubai Squire's third-place finish in Saturday's Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity.
"He's perfect," Duggan said. "He came out of the race just fine and we lost nothing in defeat. He ran a good race. We got beat fair and square."
Dubai Squire, a gray/roan son of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall, was beaten a length for all of it Saturday as the 12-10 choice in the wagering.
"I don't know where we're going next," said Duggan, who had talked to trainer Eoin Harty after the race. Harty was also pleased with Dubai Squire's Futurity effort.
"One option would be to take him to New York for the Nashua (GIII at Belmont Park October 13)," Duggan said, "or he could stay here and run on the grass at the end of the meeting. When I talked to Eoin last night he was happy, both with Dubai Squire and the way that horse won in California yesterday (Godolphin's Essence of Dubai won the Grade II Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita later in the day)."
James Tafel LLC's Tinker, who was thoroughly checked physically following Saturday's fifth-place finish in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, was none the worse for wear Sunday morning, according to trainer Gene Cilio.
"I didn't find anything wrong," said Cilio, who was puzzled by his colt's performance when asked shortly after the race. "The only thing may have been that the pace was slow and then he was taken back. He's still green. That may have confused him a little bit. I'll probably freshen him up and let him grow. I'll probably wait for New Orleans (Fair Grounds, which opens on Thanksgiving Day) with him."
Trainer Mike Stidham also reported no trouble with No Trouble, the Stonerside Stable LLC colt who finished sixth in the Futurity.
"He seems to be fine, other than just being further back on a slow pace yesterday," said Stidham Sunday morning. "I'm not sure what's next. Probably a 'non-winners-of-two' at Keeneland."
Liz Call, an assistant to trainer Ronny Werner who exercises Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty, seventh in the local Futurity, reported that this year's Grade II Bashford Manor winner also was doing well Sunday morning.
"He came back fine," Call said. "It was a bad race for him because he had trouble all the way yesterday."
The Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap will observe its 65th renewal this Saturday, and the field for the final graded stakes of the 2001 Arlington Park season is beginning to take shape.
Gary A. Tanaka's Rose of Zollern, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, may be the starting highweight in the field, after being assigned 118 pounds by racing secretary David Bailey. The Irish-bred won the $100,000 HBPA Handicap at Ellis Park July 14 and was most recently fifth in the Grade III Gardenia Handicap at the Western Kentucky oval August 11.
G. Watts Humphrey's Lady Melesi, assigned 115 pounds in the Matron, is also likely at this time. The daughter of Colonial Affair won the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap at Sportsman's Park in April.
Also likely for the Matron are Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk, 114; Yoshio Fujita's Maltese Superb, 113; Northwest Farm's Taste the Passion, 113; Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time, 111; and James Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, also assigned 111 pounds.
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