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Sunday, September 17, 2000
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Dee & Bill Davenport's Spectacular Cat and Mark & Kate Herzog's Wheat Penny, who matched strides in an exciting stretch duel Labor Day weekend here, may meet again in Saturday's Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity, but face added challenges from several other promising juvenile winners making their Arlington International Racecourse debuts.

Ridan and Buckpasser both won this race in the Sixties, as did Spend a Buck and Bet Twice in the Eighties, and as recently as 1992 Gilded Time won an Eclipse Award after including a score in this one-mile test as part of his two-year-old resume.

Aware of its importance on the national scene, the connections of 10 juvenile colts are now slated as probable for the centerpiece event of the season for two-year-olds at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.

Joann & Alex Lieblong's Firststatedeposit, who went to the post as the favorite in Churchill's Grade 2 Bashford Manor July 9 but finished fourth after racing wide, is among the highly-regarded invaders who will be making his local bow.

In his most recent trip to the post August 13 at Ellis Park, the entire son of Deposit Ticket was once again the choice of the fans but once again lost ground racing wide. The Jenks Fires trainee was beaten a length as the runner-up that afternoon.

Kinsman Stable's Starbury, an inexperienced Saint Ballado colt who finished fourth in Monmouth's Grade 3 Sapling August 19 after breaking tardily, is another promising individual with designs on Arlington's Saturday fixture.

Earlier in the summer Starbury broke his maiden at Laurel Park by more than five lengths although less than fully extended at the wire.

G. A. Smith & W. E. Johnston's Blame It On Ruby, an Ohio-bred son of Sky Classic, won Thistledown's restricted $75,000 Juvenile September 9 by 14 lengths, and is pointing toward the Arlington-Washington Futurity based on that performance. Earlier in the summer, Blame It On Ruby had missed by only a head in Calder's $100,000 Criterium despite an awkward beginning.

Locally, both Spectacular Cat and Wheat Penny, first and second respectively in Arlington's $75,000 Spectacular Bid September 3, were using that race as a final local prep for Saturday's Grade 2 event.

Lee Phillip Forman's Eighth Avenue, third behind those two in the Spectacular Bid, rallied belatedly in that six-furlong sprint and should appreciate the added quarter mile distance of Arlington's Futurity.

Winstar Farm's One by the Knows, who showed early foot in Saratoga's Grade 1 Hopeful September 2 before tiring, is seeking to rebound from that disappointment Saturday. The son of Tabasco Cat won the $25,000 Canterbury Juvenile by more than 11 lengths and the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile by almost eight.

Virginia Tarra Trust's Sky Tower, a Gene Cilio trainee who broke his maiden by four and a half lengths here before disappointing in the $200,000 Cradle at River Downs, is also considered probable in Saturday's headliner.

Jack Liebau et al's Trailthefox, front-running hero of Woodbine's $125,000 Bull Page Stakes July 30, a race restricted to juveniles by Ontario sires, returned to his California birthplace to finish second in Del Mar's Grade 3 Best Pal Stakes August 23. The Foxtrail colt is probable at this time for the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

James McIngvale's What's Up Dog, who broke his maiden by four and a half at Delaware Park and was then fifth in Saratoga's Hopeful, is also probable in Saturday's Arlington feature.

Ray H. Cottrell's Gift Of The Eagle, second in the Cradle; and Dan W. White's Solingen, who broke his maiden at Ellis Park in $50,000 claiming company in the only start of his career, are both considered possible in the local Futurity.

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