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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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Friday, March 29, 2002


Mercedes Stable's Publication worked six furlongs in 1:18 4/5 at Hawthorne Race Course Friday morning at 8:30 over a sealed track officially labeled as fast despite persistent morning precipitation. Jockey Randall Meier was aboard for the move, the only one at the distance this morning. Publication is being pointed toward the Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby here April 6.

"I thought he went pretty good," said Meier, Sportsman's Park's all-time leading rider. "The times were kind of slow (over there) all morning. They had just sealed the track. We wanted to work at Sportsman's, but they closed it up on us before we could get over there.

"I liked the way he worked," he continued. "He looks great. I had never worked him before today. They tell me he's not a good work horse. He usually goes with company or they have somebody 'pick him up' along the way. Today, he went by himself."

The workout reunited Publication with Meier for the first time since they teamed up to win the Grade II $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park last September.

In three starts since the Futurity, the son of Petionville ran a good fourth at odds of more than 100-1 in the Grade I $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park and fifth behind Siphonic in the Grade I $200,000 Hollywood Futurity to conclude his 2-year-old campaign. In his sophomore debut in the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds, he was seventh behind Illinois Derby probable Repent.


Trainer Ken McPeek outlined work and travel plans for likely Illinois Derby favorite Select Stable's Repent.

"Repent will breeze at Gulfstream Park on Saturday and fly from Florida to Kentucky on Sunday," McPeek said from Florida earlier this week. "We'll make a decision on when to van up (to Sportsman's Park) once we get to Kentucky, but we'll probably come up to Chicago the day before the race (Friday)."

McPeek confirmed that Hall-of-Fame reinsman Jerry Bailey will again be in the saddle. Bailey rode Repent for the first time in the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.

"I think in (the Louisiana Derby), the only way they were going to beat him was to slow the pace and box him in," McPeek said when asked if he had some anxious moments watching the race. "That's just what they did and he won anyway."


Daily Racing Form chairman and publisher Steven Crist and DRF handicapper Dave Litfin will participate in a Daily Racing Form seminar and book signing for DRF Press's most comprehensive new handicapping book Bet With The Best on April 6 at Sportsman's Park.

The informative, one-hour seminar will commence at 11:45 a.m. on the Main Floor of the Sportsman's Park Grandstand and will be followed by a book signing. Crist and Litfin will provide in-depth analysis of that day's racing card, as well as offering handicapping strategies.


Six people were knocked out of the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge on Tuesday, leaving only 11 contestants from the original field of 1,736 participants to battle for the $5,000 betting voucher prize that will be awarded to the last player left standing.


Jockeys Chris Emigh and Carlos Montalvo each earned riding doubles Tuesday. For Emigh, who tallied with Ms. Prenup in the second race and Holy Kitten in the sixth, it was his third in one racing week and fourth of the season. For Montalvo, who took the opener aboard Hay Jude and the third race with Martin O'Brien, it was his first of the meet.




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