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BET ON SUNSHINE SEEKS SPRINT HAT TRICK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 23, 2001) -- David P. Holloway Racing Stable Inc's Bet On Sunshine returns to Arlington Park Saturday in search of his third consecutive victory in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint, a six-furlong dash, at the suburban Chicago oval.
The gelded son of Bet Big began his Arlington Sprint skein when he dead-heated for the score with Ken Spraggins & Joseph Lombardo's Hunk of Class in the 1997 renewal of the race. The streak continued last year when Arlington re-opened after a two-year absence and Bet On Sunshine was a length and a quarter victor as the 1-2 choice of the fans.
After winning last year's running of the local Sprint, the Paul J. McGee charge was sent to Keeneland where he ran third as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes. He then rallied from far back to finish third, beaten only a length for the top spot, in the Grade I $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Now nine years old, the venerable chestnut is following a similar road in 2001 with an eye on another chance at the Breeders' Cup Sprint. In two starts this year, Bet On Sunshine finished second in a $55,000 allowance race at Churchill in May and won the Grade III Aristides Handicap at the Louisville oval for a second consecutive year June 30.
Assigned top weight of 123 pounds by racing secretary David Bailey, Bet On Sunshine will spot his eight rivals from seven to 11 pounds and will be ridden by Calvin Borel.
Set to face Bet On Sunshine are: Tom Boy Stable's Robin de Nest, 116 pounds, Eusebio Razo Jr.; Wilton E. Scott's Boots On Sunday, 114, Corey Lanerie; Stonecrest Farm's Proven Cure, 113, Randall Meier; Owen Hulse's Silver Zipper, 113, Chris Emigh; Bob Austin & Ron Brandenburg's Tic N Tin, 113, Ramsey Zimmerman; Cresran LLC's Chindi, 112, Rene Douglas; CPC Racing Stable's Smokin Pete, 112, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; and Robert L. Beck's Vinnie's Boy, 112, Shane Laviolette.
Robin de Nest brings a perfect two-for-two Arlington record to Saturday's headliner. The 4-year-old son of Robin de Pins won the $55,000 Dr. Fager Handicap last out on August 5, and had earlier taken top honors in the $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap opening day June 13. Sandwiched between those two local outings was a fifth-place finish, beaten eight lengths by Bet On Sunshine, in the Aristides.
Boots On Sunday brings a two-race win streak and a record of 11 victories in 22 starts to the table for the Arlington Sprint. The son of 1992 Preakness hero Pine Bluff has done most of his racing in his native state of Texas and captured the $35,000 J. R. Strauss Memorial Stakes at Retama Park August 3 after posting a victory in a $39,000 at Lone Star Park in his previous trip to the post June 29. A recent arrival on the Arlington grounds, Boots On Sunday acclimated himself to the track with a four-furlong work Thursday morning, getting the distance in :46 3/5.
Proven Cure, winless this year, ran third in the Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park at last asking July 28; Silver Zipper finished third, beaten 3¾ lengths by Robin de Nest, in the Dr. Fager; and Tic N Tin, winner of the restricted White Oak Handicap here June 23, was eighth in Dr. Fager.
Chindi, second in this race last year, has finished in the money in three of six starts this year; Smokin Pete, also in search of his first win of the year, was third in a pair of stakes races at Gulfstream Park this winter including the Grade III Mr. Prospector Handicap in January; and Vinnie's Boy, who does much of his best running on the turf, was second in the $100,000 Crescent Stakes at Lone Star in his last main track start May 5.
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