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BET ON SUNSHINE GETS UP IN FINAL STRIDE TO WIN ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 25, 2001) -- David P. Holloway Racing Stable, Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine, the 7-10 favorite and 123-pound highweight, got up in the final stride to win the $100,000 Arlington Sprint by a nose for the third consecutive time Saturday at the suburban Chicago racetrack. Marlon St. Julien rode the 9-year-old son of Bet Big who covered the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:10.06.
"I had no idea this morning that this was going to happen," said St. Julien alluding to the fact that he picked up the mount aboard the winner when scheduled rider Calvin Borel was unable to get to Chicago from Kentucky because of inclement weather. "I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to pick up a horse that Paul McGee brought to the tee."
St. Julien kept Bet On Sunshine wide most of the way while Illinois-bred longshot Tic N Tin, with Ramsey Zimmerman aboard, took the field of eight sprinters through fractions of :22.44, :45.19 and 57.34. Bet On Sunshine, who was still more than six lengths off the lead with three-eighths of a mile to run, began to make his move on the second turn and moved into contention mid-stretch. He was all out to put his nose in front on the wire.
"I found that riding a couple races earlier (in the day) that the inside was a tad deeper than the rest of the racetrack," St. Julien said. "I thought I'd save as much ground as I could (earlier) and swing around. I went around a little earlier than I had anticipated because speed had been holding and I saw that horse (Tic N Tin) out there by himself, so I went four or five seconds earlier than I had wanted to. I was fortunate to get the job done."
Tic N Tin was a game second, with Robin de Nest only a half a length farther back in third. Boots On Sunday, Chindi, Smokin Pete, Proven Cure and Vinnie's Boy completed the order of finish.
"I knew I was beat," admitted Zimmerman. "He didn't give anything up, but I knew I was nailed in that last jump. But he ran super and that's all I could hope for."
Bet On Sunshine, who dead-heated with Hunk Of Class for the Arlington Sprint victory in 1997 and won the race outright in 2000, earned $60,000 to boost his bankroll to $1,236,197. Saturday's win was the 20th in 40 trips to the post for the Paul McGee-trained gelding who will likely make his next start in the Oct. 6 $150,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland.
Bet On Sunshine paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20. Tic N Tin, who went off at odds of more than 26-1, paid $11.20 and $6.00. Robin de Nest paid $3.40.
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