05/23/2006 12:00AM

Publication solid in return

Benoit & Associates
Publication (right) received a freshening that lasted nearly two years.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Publication already has outlasted 11 others who ran with him in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. When the 7-year-old gelding runs July 2 in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park, he will try to do what none of his colleagues could do - win a Grade 1 as an older horse.

Publication, fourth in the BC Juvenile, scored an improbable comeback win Saturday at Hollywood. It was Publication's first start in two years. He is the only 2001 BC Juvenile starter still in training. Trainer Vladimir Cerin was among the few who still believed in him.

"There was never any doubt in my mind," Cerin said. "He was 100 percent sound, he looked great, and he wanted to train." Publication was turned out in spring 2004 with no timetable for a comeback.

"He was a little worn out and had a little bit of wear and tear in his ankles," Cerin said.

Publication ended up staying at Moody Creek Farm near San Diego for nearly two years until returning to Cerin in February.

"He came back beautifully - he came back like a 2-year-old," Cerin said.

Owned by Mercedes Stable, Publication rallied from far back Saturday to win the seven-furlong allowance race with a Beyer Speed Figure of 98. The fast-paced race unfolded perfectly for his closing style.

"But when it was time to run, he ran," Cerin said.

Cerin said Publication will run next in the seven-furlong Triple Bend, a race in which he finished second by a neck in 2003. A win would make Publication the only horse from the 2001 BC Juvenile to win a Grade 1 as an older horse. Came Home, seventh in the Juvenile, beat older in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic but retired at the end of his 3-year-old season. Publication has won 4 races and $399,230 from 13 starts.

New home base for Battle Won

Publication is not the only veteran sprinter seeking resurrection in Southern California. Battle Won, a 6-year-old who last summer was among the country's top sprinters, has relocated to Hollywood Park, where new trainer Mike Mitchell will train him up to the Triple Bend.

Battle Won was trained by Chuck Simon last year, winning the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap and placing in two Grade 1's - the Bing Crosby at Del Mar and Forego at Saratoga. Battle Won lost both comeback races this spring in Kentucky, after which owner Jay Manoogian sent him to California.

"We want to get him settled here," he said. Battle Won has won 7 races and $573,236 from 23 starts.

Cohen gets solid stakes mount

It keeps getting better for improving journeyman David Cohen. The 21-year-old jockey won Sunday's Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes aboard Stratham at Hollywood Park, he ranks third in the standings, and early this week Cohen landed a choice mount - Willow O Wisp - for the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile to be run Monday.

A front-runner who wired the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap last out, Willow O Wisp is the main speed of the Shoemaker Mile. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Willow O Wisp was ridden last out by Victor Espinoza, who was locked on Silent Name for the Shoemaker even before the Inglewood was run. Silent Name's trainer, Gary Mandella, hopes that Espinoza's familiarity with the front-runner proves to be a benefit.

Noting Espinoza's experience on Willow O Wisp, Mandella said, "He'll have the proper amount of respect for him." As for Cohen, he will try to beat the trainer who gave him the first stakes win of his career. Mandella trained Courtly Jazz last fall in the $98,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap, Cohen's first stakes win.

Remembering Star getting a break

The Grade 2 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes on Saturday was a turning point for its top two finishers. Northern Soldier stayed unbeaten for his third win in the seven-furlong stakes, and trainer Brian Koriner indicated afterward that the colt will stretch out to two turns June 17 in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

The Barrera runner-up, Remembering Star, however, is done for the meet.

"You're still not seeing what he can really do," trainer Mike Mitchell said. "If I went on with him, it would only make him cheaper. I think he'll be a really nice 4-year-old, so I'm going to back off him."

Mitchell said Remembering Star will not race until the fall meet at Hollywood, with the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita the main goal.

Corazondelcampeon bled slightly

Corazondelcampeon bled when he finished sixth as the 2-1 favorite Sunday in the Grade 3 Will Rogers Handicap, according to trainer David La Croix. On a scale of 1 to 5, La Croix called Corazondelcampeon's bleeding a 2.

"He didn't gush," La Croix said. "He'll be on antibiotics and we'll back off." Corazondelcampeon ran two turns for the first time in the Will Rogers, but did not relax setting the pace and caved in at the eighth pole.

I'm not saying I won't try him again a mile on grass," La Croix said, "maybe the Oceanside," which is July 19, opening day of Del Mar.