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DOUBLE ZERO SEVEN WINS SPECTACULAR BID STAKES
Sellers Scores Stakes Tally; Takes Time Off
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 8, 2001) -- Double Zero Seven's rail-skimming victory over favored Lunar Bounty in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park was overshadowed by a post-race announcement from his jockey, Shane Sellers, who told a stunned crowd that he was taking time off to re-evaluate his comeback following knee surgery last December.
"This is a very emotional moment for me after coming back," Sellers said over the track's television network. "My knee is just not good. The pain is just too much. I'm going to have to take some time off now. I'm just grateful that I was able to come back and get to the winner's circle one more time. It (taking some more time off) is just something I have to do. I just have to go back and regroup. Maybe it's time to call it quits but I hope not."
The Spectacular Bid, the final local prep for the Grade II $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 29, was the second straight stakes score and fourth consecutive victory overall for the son of Beau Genius. The $45,000 winner's share boosted his career earnings to $132,300 for owner Larry F. Telle, who was celebrating his birthday in the winner's circle.
Double Zero Seven sat on the rail, well off the very quick pace of 21.61 seconds and 44.45 being set by 10-1 outsider Super Striker. He rallied along the inside in the stretch and got up for the half-length score in the final strides, covering the six furlongs in 1:11.07.
"You never know how fast they're going," Sellers said when turning his attention back to the race. "I knew they were going pretty quickly. He's a bad horse in the gate and he got off pretty badly. Mr. Montano (Angel, the trainer) told me not to worry if I wasn't on the lead. I rode him with confidence back there, called on him at the quarter pole and gave him a chance to win from there."
Favored Lunar Bounty pressed the pace from just off the rail but could not hold off the eventual winner in the late going and had to settle for the place, a length and a half clear of Tinker. It'sallinthechase, Super Striker, Ammodio and J. P. Jet completed the order of finish.
"My horse put up a heck of a fight laying off those fractions," said Frank Lovato Jr., who rode the beaten favorite. "I just couldn't hold off that winner at the end."
Double Zero Seven paid $12.20, $4.20 and $2.60. Lunar Bounty returned $3.40 and $2.40. Tinker paid $2.40.
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