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Arlington Sprint Attracts Three Former Champions

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/03/2013 #
  • 2012 Arlington Sprint winner Saint Leon looks for a repeat in the 2013 edition of the 5 1/2-furlong grass dash.

Saturday’s Listed $100,000 Arlington Sprint has attracted three of the last four winners of the 5½-furlong turf dash including one who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint that same season.  The three former winners of the race slated to return for this year’s renewal are Margaret Burlingham’s defending champion Saint Leon, Carl Moore Management’s 2010 victor Chamberlain Bridge and Ginger Haas’ Yankee Injunuity, the 2009 hero.

Since capturing last year’s renewal by a half-length over Chamberlain Bridge, Saint Leon has made just one start.  The 8-year-old Michele Boyce-trained gelding was a three-length winner as the 2-1 favorite in a conditioned allowance race at six furlongs over Polytrack on May 12.  The son of Stravinsky was at one time claimed away for $5,000 before being claimed back by his owner and nursed back to racing condition by the ever-patient Boyce, hence the long layoff after winning last year’s edition of this race.  Regular rider E. T. Baird retains the mount.

Second in this race in 2009 as well as last year, Chamberlain Bridge was at the top of his game when taking the 2010 renewal by 4½ lengths as part of a campaign that culminated with victory in the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint that November at Churchill Downs.  Though the son of War Chant has won just three times since that Breeders’ Cup score, the now 9-year-old has shown signs of his old self with a runner-up finish in the Grade III Turf Sprint at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day.  He endured a trouble trip last out in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Handicap on June 1 and is looking to rebound here.  Miguel Mena will ride.

Yankee Injunuity has been a solid performer in the allowance and high-end claiming ranks of late.  The Jim McMullen-trained son of Yankee Victor captured a June 9 allowance race at the Arlington Sprint distance and has finished second in two other turf dashes at the meet.  Channing Hill picks up the mount.

Several other stakes winners have been entered in Saturday’s affair including William Stiritz’s Hogy, Hugh Robertson’s Bet Seattle and Looch Racing Stable’s Global Power.  Of these, only Hogy is coming in off a graded stakes tally having captured the Grade III Hanshin Cup at a mile over Polytrack in May.  The Scott Becker-trained son of Offlee Wild has turf dash experience having scored twice here and once at Hawthorne in such events.  Chris Emigh will have the mount.

The Robertson-trained Bet Seattle enters off a tally in the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes over soft turf at Canterbury Park at the end of May, while the Jeff Radosevich-trained Global Power won several two-turn turf races last summer.  Seth Martinez has the call aboard Bet Seattle with Kent Desormeaux named to ride Global Power.

Others in the Sprint line-up include: Silverleaf Stable’s Batito (Florent Geroux); Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust & the Estate of Hoss Inman’s Cherokee Lord (Inosencio Diego); and Dare to Dream Stable & Ingrid Mason’s Que Posse (Rosemary Homeister Jr.)