|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 September 29, breezed a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Arlington Park Monday in preparation for his upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
With jockey Frank Lovato Jr. aboard, Publication notched early splits of :24 and :36 3/5 while working in company with Tower of Mercy, a 3-year-old owned by Jerry Hollendorfer, before galloping out five-eighths in 1:01 1/5 and six furlongs in 1:16 2/5 over the strip rated fast.
Andy Wilson, an assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, supervised the Monday morning move. Publication's trainer, the Northern California-based Terry Knight, had returned to the West Coast Sunday night. Publication, who had broken his maiden by a length and a half at Bay Meadows in his career debut September 2 in a five and a half furlong-dash, has been stabled in Hollendorfer's barn since arriving at Arlington shortly before the Futurity.
"I was pleased with the work," said Wilson, moments after the breeze was completed, "and I was really pleased with the way he galloped out. He didn't want to pull up, so we know it (the move) didn't hurt him, any."
"He takes his time getting going," Lovato said to Wilson, "but once he gets going and gets a full head of steam he's hard to slow down."
When Publication captured the Arlington-Washington Futurity at one mile, the Kentucky-bred son of Petionville out of a Storm Cat mare was allowed to settle early, challenged for command at the furlong grounds and then held sway to be best by a neck at the wire.
As the winner of the local Futurity, Publication 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.
The last Arlington-Washington Futurity winner to go on and win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile was Milch & Silverman's Gilded Time in 1992, who went on to win an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old colt or gelding division that season.
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