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PUBLICATION EARNS UPSET SCORE IN ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 29, 2001) -- Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, making only his second career start, posted a mild upset when he captured the Grade II $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity by a neck Saturday at Arlington Park. Randall Meier rode the son of Petionville who covered the mile over a fast track in 1:38.78.
The Terry Knight-trained 2-year-old remains unbeaten in two starts. The winner's share of $90,000 boosted Publication's earnings to $105,400. Triple Crown Bloodstock is now eligible for a $250,000 bonus if Publication goes on to win the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park October 27, and can earn an additional $1 million bonus if he also captures Kentucky Derby 128 at Churchill Downs next May.
Never more than a length off the pace, Publication raced between horses, took a short lead in the stretch and was game in holding off the late challenge of 17-1 longshot It'sallinthechase in the final sixteenth of a mile.
Dubai Squire, the 6-5 post time favorite, raced wide and finished third, only a length behind the winner. Major Storm, Tinker, No Trouble and Lunar Bounty completed the order of finish.
"The pace was very slow," said Meier, who earned his second graded stakes score of the season after previously riding Fan Club's Mister to victory in the Grade II American Derby. "He was closer than I thought. He was really relaxed. I think I had another gear. Once he made the lead, he went to looking around. He's not a really big colt, but he felt strong. When I called him, he got his head in front pretty easy. He was loafing a little bit and I think he had another gear if he got challenged again. For a colt that had only run once at 5½ furlongs to come back and run a mile, he's got a lot of potential."
"He broke real sharp, not like the last time at all," said R. D. Williams of the runner-up, who was fractious in his last start, the Spectacular Bid Stakes. "I had a perfect trip. We sat behind the leaders, just like we wanted to. No excuses today."
"We were not disappointed," said Dave Duggan, assistant to trainer Eoin Harty, of Dubai Squire's third-place run. "We got beat fair and square. We'll see what they (owner Godolphin Racing Inc.) want to do next."
Third-choice in the wagering, Publication paid $12.20, $5.80 and $3.40. It'sallinthechase paid $11.00 and $4.00. Dubai Squire paid $2.40.
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