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SAN PEDRO RALLIES FOR NATIVE DANCER WIN
Sellers Wins Two Races in Comeback Bid
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 2, 2001) -- Richard F. Rudolph's San Pedro rallied five wide in the lane and overtook pacesetter There's Zealous inside the sixteenth pole to post a three-quarter length victory in the $68,200 Native Dancer Handicap before a crowd of 12,275 Sunday at Arlington Park. Ray Sibille rode the Illinois-foaled son of Leo Castelli, who covered the mile over a fast track in 1:35.60
"Once he got to the outside, he galloped right up to them, galloped right on past 'em," Sibille said. "He really wasn't running hard. He was just galloping along. This horse can really run."
There's Zealous, who led by a length for the first seven furlongs through fractions of 23.71, 46.05, 1:10.16 and 1:22.65, held on to finish second, a length ahead of the show horse, Storm Mist. Don Regino, 4-5 favorite Compendium, Tub Tosser and Freeway Ticket completed the order of finish.
"I had him in good position but I had no horse down the lane," said jockey Donnie Meche of his ride aboard Compendium.
The win, his second in stakes competition and fourth in six starts overall, was worth $46,200 and boosted his bankroll to $140,280. The 5-2 second choice in the race, San Pedro returned $7.00, $4.40 and $3.80. There's Zealous paid $7.60 and $4.80. Storm Mist paid $4.80.
Earlier in the day, jockey Shane Sellers won his first race since returning from a serious knee injury suffered last December at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The 34-year-old Louisiana native scored in Sunday's fourth race astride John Castro's Bet On Joe who paid $17.40. Sellers also won the day's seventh race aboard Summerhill Gal who paid $6.60.
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