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BONAPAW EASY WINNER IN ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 24, 2002) -- Bonapaw, who races in the colors of twin-brother owners Jimmy & Dennis Richard, picked up his second stakes win of the Arlington Park meet when he cruised to a 4½-length victory in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Saturday at the suburban Chicago oval. The son of Sabona, ridden by Gerard Melancon, covered the six furlongs over a fast track in a meet best 1:09.13.
"He was outstanding today," said the Louisiana-based Melancon. "I knew in the post parade, he was calm and full of himself. I knew he'd run a big race. I was going to let him run his own race. I figured the 3 (Halo Cat) and the 5 horse (Tic N Tin) may go out there. If I found myself on the lead, we were going to run as slow as we could and that's a pretty easy job for him. I didn't pull him down to the inside. Right on the rail it was a little deep so I kept him a little off and kept him quiet."
Bonapw's win, his 16th in 33 starts, was worth $60,000 and boosted his career earnings past the $800,000 mark to $851,636. Earlier this summer, the 6-year-old gelding trained by Norman Miller III captured the Grade III Hanshin Cup, a one-mile race.
"We're looking to go in the Sea O'Erin (Breeders' Cup Mile, a mile on the turf, Sept. 29) but we didn't see anything here for him between (the Hanshin and the Sea O'Erin), so the owners said to go ahead and sprint him," Miller said. "He's a kind horse and as he gets older, he's a little wiser and calmer."
Bonapaw broke alertly and quickly sprinted clear of Tic N Tin, establishing a half-length lead through an opening quarter of 22.09 seconds and maintaining that advantage through a half mile in 44.72 seconds. He began to draw off in the lane, was 2½ lengths in front through five furlongs in 56.70 seconds and prevailed under wraps.
Secret Romeo, last in the early stages of the race, made a belated rally to finish second and a head clear of Tic N Tin, who was runner-up in this race one year ago. Sand Ridge and Halo Cat completed the order of finish.
Sent off as the 7-10 favorite, Bonapaw paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Secret Romeo returned $3.20 and $2.10. Tic N Tin paid $2.10.
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