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'RENO' RUMBLES LATE FOR TEX'S ZING VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2001) -- Team Block's Reno Rumble, a 7-year-old gelding, caught Grade II stakes winning 3-year-old Fan Club's Mister in the final stride to win the $45,000 Tex's Zing Handicap for Illinois-breds Sunday at Arlington Park. Rene Douglas rode the son of Vigors who stopped the timer in 1:42.28 in the mile and a sixteenth turf test.
Fan Club's Mister, winner of the Grade II American Derby here July 22, set the pace in the race, taking the field of seven runners through a moderate quarter mile of 23.07 seconds before slowing the pace down through a half mile of 47.93 seconds and a three-quarter mile split in 1:13.15.
Reno Rumble had only one horse beat at the quarter and was still in fourth, three lengths from the front, as the field turned for home. He rallied well from off the fence to earn the victory in the shadow of the wire.
"He was a nice ride," Douglas said of the winner. "The pace was really slow so I was worried. This horse likes the pace to be fast and I knew they were walking. At the three-eighths pole I wasn't sure that we were going to catch him. He went to switch leads and I lost my foot out of the iron for a stride or so. I was afraid that was going to cost him the race. He made a strong tremendous move and I like the way he won. That was impressive."
Fan Club's Mister was a clear second, 1¾ ahead of Smilin' Slew. Grandpa Two, G All Day, Mister Volare and Court Lite Kenny completed the order of finish.
"He ran hard," said jockey Randall Meier of the runner-up. "It was just an old hard-knocking horse that beat him. That's all."
Reno Rumble earned $27,000 for the win, his second of the year and 11th in 40 career starts, and boosted his lifetime bankroll past the $400,000 mark to $408,328.
The 2-1 second choice, Reno Rumble paid $6.80, $3.20 and $2.60. Fan Club's Mister, the 6-5 favorite, paid $3.00 and $2.40. Smilin' Slew paid $4.00.
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