10/10/2001 12:00AM

Juvenile may be fit for Publication

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Publication worked a half-mile at Arlington on Tuesday, as plans to ship the horse back to his northern California base were scrapped. Instead of returning home after the Sept. 29 Futurity, Publication remains in Chicago, and now is under serious consideration for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a race his connections initially said he would pass.

"We'll probably decide for sure on that in the next day or two," said Terry Knight, who trains Publication for owner Larry Washington. "There were no flights out of Chicago until the 10th [of October], so I decided just to leave the horse where he was."

The unbeaten Publication, a Petionville colt who won his sprint debut at Bay Meadows, stretched out to a mile in the Futurity, which he won by a neck. Because of Arlington's track configuration, that race, like the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is run around one turn.

Knight flew to Chicago for Publication's Tuesday work, a relatively easy half-mile that was clocked in 48.80 seconds. "He went fine. He's not a terrific morning horse unless you want him to be. He had a comfortable half-mile with a good gallop-out," Knight said.

If Publication does point to the Juvenile he will continue to train at Arlington, and Knight said he would come to Chicago to oversee the colt's preparation.

Turf is the key for Ioya Two

Friday's $45,000 Explosive Kate Handicap is plan A for the turf mare Ioya Two, who will be an overwhelming favorite in the race - provided she gets a chance to run. It was raining at Arlington on Wednesday, and if the Explosive Kate, a nine-furlong grasss race for Illinois-breds, is moved to the main track, trainer Chris Block will turn to plan B, Saturday's Lazer Show Stakes.

The Lazer Show is at five furlongs, the distance of Ioya Two's last start, which she won, but far shorter than is ideal for her. The Lazer Show is not restricted to Illinois-breds, so Block favors the Explosive Kate, which has a comparable purse. He will turn to the Lazer Show, however, if it means that Ioya Two can run on turf this week.

Ioya Two, owned by Team Block, won the most important race of her career this summer when she won the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap. The conservative Block felt it would be asking too much to push Ioya Two into the Grade 1 Beverly D., and instead pointed for a less demanding late summer and fall campaign. His plan went awry when two races in which he had intended to start Ioya Two were rained off the grass, forcing her to scratch. When Ioya Two finally got a chance to run here it was in a five-furlong allowance race, and though Ioya Two was unproven in sprints, she was able to rally from last place to win by a half-length.

In the Explosive Kate she will return to a much more familiar distance and faces a field she outclasses. On turf, Cozy Lass, who won a third-level allowance race this summer in her last Arlington start, will probably be a distant second choice. Sabathani would also have a chance to win if the favorite fails. On dirt, Magic Motel, part of a Harvey Vanier-trained entry with Lorraine, is the horse to beat. Magic Motel comes off a head loss in a statebred overnight handicap here.

Cashel Castle impressive in debut win

On Sunday, Block sent out one of the more impressive 2-year-old maiden winners of this meet, Cashel Castle, who rallied up the rail to win his debut by almost five lengths. A Silver Ghost colt bred and owned by Sandra and Barry Buchholz, Cashel Castle easily beat a field of 10 in a six-furlong sprint despite a somewhat troubled trip. He was steadied at about the three-furlong pole and was in traffic through much of the race.

"Yes, I liked him all along," said Block, who wasn't surprised that Cashel Castle won his debut. Cashel Castle had sore shins earlier in the year, which kept him from starting sooner. "He's an extremely intelligent horse. Nothing bothers him at all, and he'll do whatever you ask him."

Block said he will not ask Cashel Castle to do too much as a 2-year-old, hoping that the colt will continue to develop and have a strong

3-year-old season. Block said he would prefer Cashel Castle to make his next start at Arlington, but if he cannot find a suitable allowance race here, Cashel Castle could run at Churchill.

* Where's Taylor, back at trainer Mike Stidham's Arlington barn, appears to have come out of his strong second-place finish Sunday in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile in good order. Stidham said that Where's Taylor probably will make his next start at Hawthorne, where he'll defend his title in the Grade 3 Carey Memorial on Nov. 3.