09/30/2001 11:00PM

Publication changes address in a hurry


CHICAGO - Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Publication is leaving town as quickly as he came. Publication shipped to Arlington with little fanfare late last week and is scheduled to return to trainer Terry Knight's northern California base as soon as a flight can be arranged. Neither Knight nor the colt's owner, Larry Washington, was in town for the Futurity, and Publication, accompanied on his trip by his groom, Wally Ramirez, was saddled by Andy Wilson, an assistant trainer for Jerry Hollendorfer.

Knight said this weekend that he had no specific plans for Publication, a son of Petionville, who had won only a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Bay Meadows before shipping to Arlington. He was adamant, however, that the Breeders' Cup Juvenile was not being considered for Publication's next start.

Knight, who recalled last starting a horse at Arlington "10 or 15 years ago," said he sent Publication here because it was a one-turn mile and there was an opportunity to run in what seemed on paper to be little more than a glorified allowance race. "He probably wouldn't have come if the race looked like it was coming up a little tougher," Knight said.

Knight said that offers had been fielded for the colt, but that Washington wasn't especially focused on selling Publication right now.

Meanwhile, Futurity runner-up It'sallinthechase, who is based at Remington Park with trainer Wilson Brown, is being considered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Brown told Arlington publicity staff that he was "50-50 right now" on the Juvenile.

Meadowminer still undefeated

Though he hadn't raced in 10 months while recovering from a fracture in his leg, the 3-year-old colt Meadowminer remained undefeated, winning Arlington's Sunday feature, an overnight sprint stakes for 3-year-olds. Meadowminer, owned by Frank Calabrese, showed no signs of rust and was expertly prepared for his comeback by trainer Wayne Catalano. He set a fast pace and fought off challenges turning for home and in midstretch to beat Winnie's Pooh Bear, running one of the faster 6 1/2-furlong times of the meet. Meadowminer has now won all four of his starts.

"It was a good spot to come back in," Catalano said. "Mr. Calabrese gives you time and patience to get one ready, and that helps. This is a pretty nice horse. You can see it on his PP's, he's game."

Catalano said Meadowminer seemed to come out of his win in good physical condition. Catalano, Calabrese, and stable manager Steve Leving haven't yet decided where the colt will run next.

The win capped off a big weekend for Calabrese's operation, which won four races, including two on Saturday, between Sunday and Friday. Calabrese is the leading owner at the meet, while Catalano has drawn within four wins of leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Time for Tyke

Tyke fits the profile of a late-season allowance winner, a lightly raced horse who has flashed talent, but hasn't yet had a real opportunity to develop it. And because Tyke ran poorly in a comeback race here just more than two weeks ago, she should offer value in Wednesday's featured eighth race, a second-level Illinois-bred sprint allowance race.

Before she finished ninth here on Sept. 16, Tyke hadn't raced in almost a full year, and trainer John Wainwright said Tyke, now 3, spent most of this season recovering from "a minor problem" that cropped up last fall.

"I kind of expected more from her when she came back," Wainwright said. Indeed, Tyke showed enough as a 2-year-old to finish fourth in an open stakes race at Prairie Meadows, and she figured to contend with Illinois-bred allowance rivals.

But Tyke had a fairly typical trip for a horse coming off a long rest. She was eager to run, perhaps too eager, and set the early pace on a track that did not promote speed. In the stretch the effects of her layoff showed, and as she tired, jockey Randy Meier did not abuse the filly.

"She had a good work since her last out," Wainwright said. "She should run much better."

Tyke may cede the early lead this time to likely favorite Kali's Smile, who regularly shows speed and adds blinkers on Wednesday. A speed duel between the pair sets the race up for Beartooth Pass of Wild Woman.