12/13/2001 12:00AM

Publication, fourth in BC Juvenile, is sold


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Publication, who was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is entered for Saturday's Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park, has been acquired privately by Ernie Moody and Mercedes Vila's Mercedes Stable. The transaction took place earlier this week, according to trainer Terry Knight. The price was not disclosed.

Previously owned by Larry Washington, Publication won the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park on Sept. 29 before finishing 3 1/4 lengths behind Johannesburg in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. By Petionville, Publication is a gelding who was purchased for $29,000 at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Knight said there were prospective buyers for Publication before the Breeders' Cup, but no deal was finalized until this week. Publication has won two of three starts and could take a more prominent role among the nation's Triple Crown hopefuls with a strong performance in the Hollywood Futurity. In the Breeders' Cup, he closed from 12th to reach contention in the stretch.

"We had nothing beat at the start," Knight said. "I thought he'd be off the pace, but I didn't expect him to be there. He got away a little slow." Knight said Publication will return to Bay Meadows after the Hollywood Futurity, but no future plans have been discussed. He said he has had only a brief conversation this week with Moody, who lives in Las Vegas.

Santa Anita television show canceled

Santa Anita has discontinued a 30-minute magazine television show that aired on a local independent station because of concerns over costs and a poor time slot.

The program, which originated in 1994 and was produced by the Santa Anita television department, aired on KDOC (Channel 56) in Southern California. Last year, the show aired at 9 p.m., but in 2002 the program would have been shown at 10 p.m., according to Amy Zimmerman, Santa Anita's director of broadcasting.

The program offered previews of upcoming races, features on racing personalities, and handicapping tips.

"It became difficult to justify the expense," Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said that many aspects of the Friday night program will be incorporated into a one-hour live program that airs each racing day on Fox Sports West 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. and is available via satellite.

"The only thing that has changed is the outlet from where people can see it," Zimmerman said. "We think it will enhance visibility." Hollywood Park presents a similar program each racing day. Zimmerman said KDOC will continue to televise Santa Anita's nightly replay show at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 p.m. on weekends.

Tout Charmant to wait for San Gorgonio

Tout Charmant, who was under consideration for Saturday's Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park, will pass the race in favor of the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, trainer Ron McAnally said. McAnally had considered starting Tout Charmant on the main track instead of in Saturday's Dahlia Handicap on turf but has opted for the San Gorgonio, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

"We looked up her form and the best dirt races she'd run were at Santa Anita," McAnally said. "More than likely, the San Gorgonio will be her last start."

McAnally said Tout Charmant, a 5-year-old, will be bred to Storm Cat in 2002.

Bienamado back in training

Bienamado, the top turf marathon horse in California in 2001, has resumed training at Santa Anita with trainer Paco Gonzalez.

A 5-year-old, Bienamado is being pointed for the $200,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on Feb. 16. He has not started since finishing seventh as the favorite in the Arlington Million on Aug. 18, emerging with a splint bone injury that kept him away from training until early November.

"He's about ready to breeze," Gonzalez said. "He's the kind of horse that gets fit quicker than a young horse."

Gonzalez said 2-year-olds Came Home and Fragrant Cloud are preparing to run at Santa Anita. Came Home, the winner of the Hopeful at Saratoga who was seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is pointing for the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs Feb. 2. Fragrant Cloud, second in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies in her stakes debut Nov. 3, will run in the $150,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes (fillies division) Dec. 28.

* The Hollywood Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday is the final major stakes of the autumn meeting, which ends on Monday. As of Thursday, there were five probables for the Starlet, run over 1 1/16 miles. You, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, is the likely favorite against Habibti, Renaissance Woman, Respectful, and Tali'sluckybusride.