|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
It is looking increasingly likely that Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Publication will make his next start in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be contested October 27 at Belmont Park. Publication, owned by Larry Washington of Triple Crown Bloodstock, remains stabled in Jerry Hollendorfer's barn at Arlington Park, but his Northern California-based trainer Terry Knight is planning to fly in Tuesday to work the local Futurity winner.
"As far as I know, Larry was going to go ahead and pre-enter him," said Knight, over the phone from the West Coast Sunday morning. "That's all I know. I plan to come back to Arlington to work him Tuesday providing the track is all right. I understand you've had some rain back there."
Knight flew in to Chicago last Tuesday to watch Publication work an easy half in :48 4/5 breezing and was pleased with the maintenance drill. The colt by Petionville out of a Storm Cat mare won the local Futurity at the one-mile distance September 29 by pressing the pace and continuing willingly to be best by a neck. It was only the second start of his career. In his previous outing at Bay Meadows on Labor Day weekend, the Kentucky-bred had broken his maiden by a length and a half in a five and a half-furlong dash.
Jack Liebau et al.'s Trailthefox, winner of the 2000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, finished 13th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year. The last local Futurity winner to go on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile was Milch & Silverman's Gilded Time in 1992.
Frank C. Calabrese's Jaha, who won his only trip to the post by two and a half-lengths September 8 over the grass course here, is being pointed for Saturday's $75,000 Manila Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile over the lawn.
However, with less than ideal weather in the Chicago area recently, there remains the possibility that the Manila will come off the grass, and should that happen Jaha will not be a starter.
"That's the way he is," said trainer Wayne Catalano Sunday morning. "He's strictly a grass horse, but he's doing very well right now and everything is right on schedule for Saturday."
In that career bow, also at eight furlongs, Jaha was unhurried early, rallied boldly when set down for the drive, took command after the furlong marker and drew off impressively. The colt was bred in France and is by the British sire Diesis out of the Lear Fan mare Lyrical Dance.
Catalano, the defending trainer champion, was four wins behind current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer going into Sunday's racing program, and was asked his assessment of his chances for a second consecutive title with 11 racing days remaining.
"We've got a little chance," Catalano said. "We're not shipping any horses in or anything like that. We're going to try and do it right. We may buy a horse here and there. There's always horses sitting in the wings."
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Startac, winner of the Grade I Secretariat at Arlington Park during the 2001 International Festival of Racing, finished sixth in Saturday's $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita, his first start since the $400,000 Secretariat August 18.
The son of Theatrical was placed just behind the early leaders, challenged when set down for the drive but had no late rally in the Oak Tree, won by Amerman Racing Stables' No Slip, who is trained by the red-hot Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.
The Oak Tree was contested at nine furlongs on the turf, and Startac was only beaten two and a quarter lengths for all of it, despite the lack of true pace in the race.
There was a strong link between the Secretariat and the Arlington Million of succeeding years throughout the Nineties. Paradise Creek finished second in the 1992 Secretariat and won the Million in 1994. Awad won the Secretariat in 1993 and the Million in 1995.
A pair of Florida-breds then kept the Secretariat-Million connection going. Mecke was second in the 1995 Secretariat and won the 1996 Arlington Million. Marlin won the 1996 Secretariat and the 1997 Million.
Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay, who came to Arlington to finish fourth in the Grade II American Derby July 22, finished second, beaten a nose by No Slip in the Oak Tree. Sligo Bay was scratched from the Secretariat due to the soft going.
Arlington Park's closing day feature attraction - the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth over the lawn on October 28 - may attract James Tafel LLC's Scoop, winner of the Grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks October 5 at Hoosier Park.
"The way we keep getting rain, that race may come off the turf, and Scoop loves the mud," said trainer Gene Cilio who also planned to nominate Tafel's Lakenheath to the Estrapade.
When Scoop, who won the Flawlessly at Arlington earlier in the summer, won the Indiana Oaks earlier this month, it made Cilio's record three-for-three at the Anderson, Indiana oval that is owned in majority by Churchill Downs, Inc.
In two previous trips to Hoosier Park, Cilio saddled Take Note of Me and Crafty Oak to win stakes races there.
Crafty Oak, incidentally, has a foal by Boston Harbor by her side, is in foal to Forest Wildcat, and is booked in the spring to Giant's Causeway.
Amateur riders are selected for their mounts in the World Cup of Nations by random draw.
On October 17, 1927, 74 years ago Wednesday, a 14-year-old jockey named G. Hurst Philpot recorded the first riding triple in Arlington Park history by winning the third, fourth and sixth races on the seven-race card.
Jockey Eddie Razo Jr. recorded a riding double on Saturday, winning the fifth on Par Racing Stable's Creek County and the sixth on Wheeler Farm's Raise N Angel.
Sunday's Tom Rolfe Handicap is named in honor of Powhatan Stable's Tom Rolfe, who was the first horse to sweep Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple in 1965. Ridden by Ron Turcotte, Tom Rolfe also won the 1965 Preakness earlier that spring.
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