|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, winner of the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity, worked three-quarters of a mile Tuesday at Arlington Park in 1:15 4/5 in preparation for an upcoming engagement in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile October 27 at Belmont Park.
Should Publication win his projected next start - part of the World Thoroughbred Championships at the New York oval that day - the promising colt's ownership would earn a $250,000 bonus in addition to the winner's share of the purses in both the Futurity and the Juvenile. The bonus was sponsored this year as part of the Bessemer Trust 2-Year-Old Challenge.
For Tuesday's work, the plan was for Publication to work six furlongs while being joined by a work companion for the last half-mile. Although the two horses did not hook up quite as scheduled, Publication saw another horse on the track in the drive to the wire and tried to hook that rival, and got seven furlongs pulling up in 1:29 under jockey Frank Lovato Jr. Consequently, Publication got the last half in :51 and the last quarter in :24 2/5.
"He didn't get anything out of the first quarter," said trainer Terry Knight, who had flown in from Northern California on the red-eye shortly before the work, "but when he saw that other horse he really finished up strong. He definitely finished well and I liked that. I don't want to see a horse coming back at me at the end of a work and he didn't do that. He finished strong."
"This horse has plenty of bottom in him," Lovato told Knight after the work. "He really finished well. He wasn't even breathing hard."
"I plan to stay around Chicago this week," said Knight. "We'll gallop in a couple of days and try to get another work in him before we leave the first part of next week. We have to go to Louisville to catch the plane to New York which leaves Wednesday, so we'll probably leave Arlington Tuesday night."
Including his neck tally in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, Publication has only made two starts in his career. Prior to his score at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval, the Kentucky-bred son of Petionville out of a Storm Cat mare had broken his maiden in a five and a half-furlong dash at Bay Meadows by a length and a half on September 2.
Arlington Million winner Silvano was the star of the show Sunday at Australia's Sandown Racecourse, drawing plenty attention and cameras as he worked over a mile while getting ready for his proposed next start in the Group I Carlton Draught Cox Plate October 27 at Moonee Valley.
Silvano, owned by Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof, was part of a Northern Hemisphere-trained contingent that also included Gary A. Tanaka's Caitano, fourth in the Million, who arrived in Australia October 8 after a 27-hour flight from Europe. The length of the flight time was extended due to restrictions on the normal flight route following the September 11 national tragedy.
Both Silvano and Caitano traveled well and were doing well following their somewhat arduous journey. They had light exercise during the week before Sunday's more serious move.
The Cox Plate is the eighth leg of the World Series Racing Championship, and the German-bred Silvano would take over sole possession of the lead in World Series 2001 with a win in the Australian classic. The Arlington Million, run as part of the International Festival of Racing here August 18, was the third leg in the World Series, and Silvano would be the first horse to win more than one Series race this season.
Two-year-olds with potential over the grass course will be featured in Saturday's $75,000 Manila Stakes at one-mile over the world-famous Arlington Park turf course, and a field of nine looks likely at this time.
Among those likely in the Manila field is James Arnold's Spring Winds, undefeated in three trips to the post, although all are on the main track in restricted Michigan-bred races at Great Lakes Downs.
Frank C. Calabrese's Jaha, a French-bred trained by Wayne Catalano will be well regarded, as will Eusebio Razo Sr.'s undefeated El Malicia.
Others likely are Alan Drey's Chadsworth, Glen Hill Farm's Dell Place, John Franks' Native Mark, Tom R. Durant's Runaway Choice, Choctaw Racing Stable's Rylstone, and Scott E. Ricker's Secret Command.
Arlington Park racing fans will receive an up-to-date, detailed preview of the October 27th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship at Belmont Park when Daily Racing Form presents a special Breeders' Cup Advance Edition handicapping seminar at the Starting Gate Theater on the second floor at Arlington on Saturday, October 20 starting at 11:15 a.m.
Hosted by Marcus Hersh, Daily Racing Form's Midwest correspondent, and Dave Surico, the Chicago Tribune's turf writer, the informative 45-minute seminar will provide in-depth analysis of each of the eight Breeders' Cup races, as well as offering handicapping insight and angles.
In addition, the first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free copy of Daily Racing Form's annual Breeders' Cup Advance Edition, with past performances for all horses pre-entered in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred Championships.
John Volpe, who selected seven winners, won the third round of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Contest at Arlington Park last Saturday, earning a $300 prize, while another Arlington contestant, Vern Green, earned $50.
Preliminary winners such as Volpe will compete in the finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, November 10. The fourth and final preliminary round will be this Saturday. The four finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to compete for the $100,000 first prize against top qualifying handicappers from across the country. The quartet will compete as Team Arlington in the team competition.
On October 21, 1927, four days after recording the first riding triple in Arlington Park history, 14-year-old jockey G. Hurst Philpot registered the first four-bagger at the local oval, winning the first four races at Arlington Park.
Trainer Wayne Catalano saddled a training double on Sunday, to move within two wins of the current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and further tighten the race for the trainer championship of the 2001 season here. Catalano is defending the title he captured last year.
Jockey Carlos Silva posted a riding double on the Sunday program at Arlington Park.
Date Time Event
Sat. Oct. 20 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (4th Round)
Sun. Oct. 21 First post 12:30 p.m. NFL Pigskin Pig Roast at Arlington Park
Wed. Oct. 24 6 - 8 p.m. Breeders' Cup Handicapping Seminar Trackside Arlington Park
Sat. Oct. 27 First post 10 a.m. Breeders' Cup Day
Sun. Oct. 28 First post 12:30 p.m. Free Admission - Fan Appreciation Day at Arlington Park
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