Bet On Sunshine, the 7-10 favorite, beat pacesetter Tic N Tin by a nose Saturday to capture the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap for the third straight time.
Bet On Sunshine, a 9-year-old chestnut gelding ridden by Marlon St. Julien, was more than six lengths off the lead with three-eighths of a mile left. He moved into contention at mid-stretch, finishing the six furlongs in 1:10.06 on a sloppy course and paying $3.40, $2.40, and $2.20. Tic N Tin returned $11.20 and $6. Robin de Nest was third in the eight-horse field and paid $3.40. The winning exacta paid $59.40.
"I had no idea this morning that this was going to happen," said St. Julien, who picked up the mount when scheduled rider Calvin Borel was unable to get to Chicago from Kentucky because of inclement weather. "I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to pick up a horse that (trainer) Paul McGee brought to the tee."
Bet On Sunshine ended up in a dead-heat for first in the Arlington Sprint in 1997 and won the race outright in 2000. The track was closed in 1998 and 1999. (Chart, Equibase