|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, hero of the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity September 29 at the local oval, is scheduled to have his final serious tune-up at Arlington Park Monday morning in preparation for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Belmont Park.
"That's what we're shooting for," said trainer Terry Knight, when asked Sunday afternoon if Monday morning would be Publication's final work for Saturday's 2-year-old fixture that is part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in New York.
"We'll probably go a half-mile or maybe five-eighths," said Knight when asked the distance of the move. Monday's final tune-up is being scheduled to take place shortly after the break at about 8:30 a.m.
Knight, a Northern California-based conditioner, flew to Chicago on the red-eye last week for Publication's most recent work last Tuesday at Arlington. That day the colt by Petionville worked six furlongs handily in 1:15 2/5 and galloped out the seven-eighths pulling up in 1:29 under local jockey Frank Lovato Jr.
Prior to his neck tally in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, Publication's only trip to the post had been a length and a half-score in a five and a half-furlong dash at Bay Meadows September 2.
Publication, undefeated in only two career starts including the local Futurity score, would earn a $250,000 bonus for his owner with a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile under the conditions of the Bessemer Trust 2-year-old Challenge. The title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Division is a unique wealth management and investment advisory firm.
Conditioner Wayne Catalano, the defending trainer champion at Arlington after winning his first title at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval last season, saddled two winners on Saturday's program at the local oval to pull within one victory of current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the noted perennial Northern California champion.
Catalano saddled Frank C. Calabrese's Beware Avalanche to win the fourth race on the program, and came right back in the fifth event with Calabrese's Flatline to finish in a dead-heat with Jeff Sullivan & Robert Shapiro's Paul's Dream. That rival was subsequently disqualified and placed second for coming out and interfering with Flatline.
Hollendorfer, who is campaigning a string at Arlington on a season-long basis for the first time in 2001, has led the local standings for practically the entire summer and fall. However, Catalano, with 10 wins from 28 starters since October 1, has launched an increasingly serious challenge in recent days in defense of his title.
Michael L. Reavis & White Eagle Stable LLC's Dead Serious rolled over on Saturday, winning twice in a three-day span after having previously visited the winner's circle Wednesday at Arlington Park.
Together, the two wins in the same week were the closest back-to-back scores posted at the local oval during the current season.
Trainer Michael Reavis had claimed the 5-year-old son of Iriquois Park out of Wednesday's race for $35,000 from the partnership of Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer.
Trainer Jim Eckrosh, the 92-year-old conditioner who may be the oldest winning trainer in the nation, saddled William Cortesi's Magic Doe for his second straight score of the season at Arlington Park in Saturday's seventh race.
Magic Doe, placed just behind the early leaders, gained a clear advantage in upper stretch and drew off the rest of the way for a six-length score.
On October 5, Eckrosh sent Magic Doe postward using the same tactics to tally by a neck. Jockey Randy Meier was aboard for both victories.
Jockey Randy Meier also registered a riding double on Saturday, as did jockey E. T. Baird.
Jockey Frank Lovato Jr. had a riding double on Friday's program at Arlington.
Trainer Charlie Vinci saddled a training double on Friday.
Date Time Event
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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