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Wednesday, August 30, 2000
79th Day


Setting up to defend his championship in the 1997 Arlington Sprint, David P. Holloway Racing Stable, Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine remains on course to accept the top impost of 122 pounds in Saturday's third running of the six furlong dash.

In that most recent renewal of the Sprint three years ago, Bet On Sunshine dead-heated for the win with Kenneth R. Spraggins & Joe Lombardo's Hunk of Class.

However, in three trips to the post this year as an eight-year-old, Bet On Sunshine is undefeated and apparently unaffected by advancing years. In his last trip to the post July 1 at Churchill Downs, the altered son of Bet Big came from well off the pace in the Grade 3 Aristides Handicap to tally by length and three-quarters as the choice in the wagering.

Previously, he had justified his odds-on favoritism with a four-length score in allowance company at Arlington Memorial Day weekend and had won Turfway's Holiday Cheer Stakes on New Year's Day before that.

Also likely in Saturday's Arlington Sprint is Cresran LLC's Chindi, a late-closing gray gelding who finished second in his last outing in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows July 4. The six-year-old had won his previous test at Churchill June 15, and had finished second in the $42,000 Better Bee Handicap here May 14, opening day at Arlington International. Chindi is assigned 115 pounds.

Others considered probable at this time for the Arlington Sprint are: William Cortesi's Magic Doe, 113; Leslie D. Linkenhoker's Sold to Wallstreet, 113; And William Mackinnon's Burger Day, 112.

Possible starters in the Sprint are: Imagine Stable's Davey's Cutlass, 116; Danny Collins & Bill Casner's Bet Me Best, 114; Jackie D. Huckabay's Silver Chadra, 114; and Robert L. Beck's Vinnie's Boy, 113.


DeeBill Farm's Spectacular Cat, with impressive multi-length wins in each of his last two starts, heads the list of probable starters in Sunday's inaugural running of the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes for two-year-olds. The race serves as a prep for the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity September 23.

Other juveniles likely at this time for the Spectacular Bid include: Kenneth Spraggins, Scott Wilkes, & Ted & Jean Barlas' Count On Cart; Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Dixie's Band; Lee Phillip Forman's Eighth Avenue; Richard F. Rudolph's Freeway Ticket; Okoboji Racing Stables' Molokai Connection; and Mark & Kate Herzog's Wheat Penny.


Yoshio Fujita's Lu Ravi, assigned the top impost of 122 pounds by Arlington Racing Secretary/Handicapper David F. Bailey in the Grade 3 Arlington Matron on Labor Day, is expected to accept that assignment. The five-year-old mare won Delaware Park's Grade 3 Delaware Handicap in her last start July 23, and Monmouth's Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup July 4.

Jack Mandato's Bella Chiarra, next in the weights at 119 pounds, is also considered likely for the Matron.

Other probable Matron starters include Wings of Erin Farm's Masada, 116; Peter P. Scott's Diamond White, 115; and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Tutorial, 109.


Heartiest congratulations go out to Deb Darby and her husband Keith Darby, Manager of Promotions & Sponsorships at Arlington International, on the birth of their son Ryan Gerald Darby.

Ryan was born at 7:08 p.m. August 28th, weighing eight pounds, 10 ounces, and is 21 inches long.

Mother and son are both doing fine.

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