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BET ON SUNSHINE REPEATS IN ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- David P. Holloway Racing Stables Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine, who dead-heated for the win in the most recent running of the Arlington Sprint in 1997, repeated in the $100,000 race with a come-from-behind 1¼ length victory Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.
The gelded son of Bet Big sat well off the brisk early fractions of 22.04 seconds for the quarter mile and 45.22 seconds for the half-mile set by longshot Burger Day in the six-furlong dash.
Under a patient ride by Francisco Torres, Bet On Sunshine began to pick up ground on the frontrunner around the far turn while racing well off the rail, challenged that rival mid-stretch and drew off for the win under a confident hand ride.
"He's an awesome horse to ride," Torres said. "When he's ready - he's just going to explode. It feels just like when a Corvette takes off."
Chindi, second choice in the wagering at odds of 3-1, rallied on the inside around the far turn, but could not keep up with the winner in the stretch.
"I had him going pretty good at the end," said Tim Doocy, who rode the runner-up. "I was just trying to keep him into it as much as I could during the early part. All I could do was save ground and hope to get lucky."
Pacesetter Burger Day saved the show spot. Magic Doe and Vinnie's Boy completed the order of finish. Hustler was scratched.
Bet On Sunshine, the 1-2 favorite, paid $3.00, $2.10 and $2.10. Chindi paid $2.60 and $2.10. Burger Day paid $2.10.
The Arlington Sprint was the final leg in the day's Pick 6 wager. The lone winning ticket, purchased at an out-of-state simulcast location, was worth $139,730.60.
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