|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 four weeks ago, turned in another impressive performance Saturday at Belmont Park when he finished a fast-closing fourth in the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the World Thoroughbred Championships for 2001.
After being shuffled back at the break, Publication trailed the 12-horse field down the backstretch and began to pick up horses entering the lane. The precocious colt, making only the third start of his career, improved to seventh position by the eighth pole and was gaining ground at the wire. He was beaten three and a-quarter-lengths at the wire.
Trainer Terry Knight, briefly stopping in Chicago Sunday morning on his way home to Southern California, accepted congratulations on Publication's promising finish.
"I thought he ran terrifically well," said Knight. "He kind of missed the break and got shuffled back to last, but he put in a hell of a late run.
"It's funny, but there is a little bit of side to me that is disappointed because he got shuffled back and had all that sand hitting him in the face early, and he didn't like that," said Knight. "However, there are a lot more positives about the race than that one thing. Most important, he finished well and looks like he can go on.
"We're excited," concluded Knight. "We'll head back to California and regroup for now and start to plan a 3-year-old campaign for him. The horse flies out on Tuesday."
Defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano will saddle a two-horse entry in one race and a third horse in another in a last ditch attempt to wrest leading trainer honors from Jerry Hollendorfer on the closing day program at Arlington Park.
Hollendorfer, the Northern California-based conditioner campaigning at Arlington for the first time this season, has a one-win advantage going into the final day of the 2001 season on Sunday at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
Hollendorfer has saddled 40 winners from 212 starters, and Catalano has visited the winner's circle 39 times from 135 starters.
Last year at Arlington, Catalano won the training title with 37 winners from 128 starters. Trainer Chris Block was his closest pursuer with 30 winners from 117 starters.
On Sunday, Catalano and Hollendorfer meet head-to-head in the featured eighth race of the day - the inaugural running of the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward at a mile and a sixteenth over the Arlington Park lawn.
Catalano saddles Frank C. Calabrese's Golden Antigua in the Estrapade, third choice in the morning line at 5-1 in the final stakes race of the season, while Hollendorfer counters with J. DeHaven, T. Hazelrigg & M. Bello's Mauricienne at 15-1.
Earlier in the day, Hollendorfer sends Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer's Captain Duffy to the post in the second race of the afternoon at 8-1 in the morning line, and comes right back with Peter Abruzzo & George Todaro's Gaelic Thunder in the third event, also pegged 8-1.
In the seventh race of the afternoon, Catalano saddles a two-horse Calabrese coupling consisting of Overtone and Silver Kid who are 7-2 in the early line.
Although Hollendorfer has led the trainers' race virtually since the beginning of the season, Catalano briefly held a one-win advantage at the conclusion of last Sunday's program.
A season-high superfecta payoff of $41,753.20 was posted after Arlington's eighth race on Saturday.
Charles M. Lake's Jester, who paid $78.20 to win, won the race, with Glen Hill Farm's Introducer, who went to the post at 14-1, finishing second. The third-place finisher was Richard Englander's Oval at 15-1, and finishing fourth was Tom Boy Stable's Manicured at 7-1.
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