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Won at 4ARLINGTON SPRINT H.
(T 5.5f , defeating Starticus, Prince Woodman, Fort Prado, Mighty Rule, Native Ruler, Dhanyata (IRE), John's Road, Base Commander, Lovango ).
Mr. Nightlinger doesnÕt run so much as he flies. In his three starts immediately prior to the Aug. 23 Arlington Sprint Handicap, all at five furlongs, he crossed the wire each time in a blazing :56 and change. But he took speed to a whole new level in the Arlington Sprint, getting the 51Ú2 furlongs on the turf in a scintillating 1:01.89. The time, accomplished under highweight of 124 pounds, set an Arlington Park course record.
The two-length victory was Mr. NightlingerÕs fifth in a row, all in grass sprints. He had tried the turf once earlier in his career, right after breaking his maiden early in 2007, but finished fourth at 71Ú2 furlongs and was stretched out afterward. ItÕs safe to say Mr. Nightlinger has officially found his niche now. HeÕs six for seven at 51Ú2 furlongs or less.
ÒIÕm just a passenger on him,Ó jockey Jamie Theriot said to the media after the Arlington Sprint, Òand I think it would take a real good horse to beat him right now. HeÕs the best of the best right now sprinting.Ó
Bred in Kentucky by former governor Brereton C. Jones, whose other 2008 runners include Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I) winner homebred Proud Spell, Mr. Nightlinger was sold for $45,000 at Keeneland sales as both a weanling and a yearling. His final buyer was the team of Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management, both veterans in the horse industry and particularly big players in the Texas markets.
Martin Racing Stable is the husband-wife duo of Bill and Stevie Martin. The Dallas residents have been in racing about 30 years and were instrumental in bringing Remington Park to Oklahoma City. One of their most accomplished runners was 2007 Princess Rooney (gr. I) winner RiverÕs Prayer, raced in partnership.
Fort Worth resident Moore serves as president of the Texas Thoroughbred HBPA. Martin and Mr. NightlingerÕs trainer, Bret Calhoun, comprise two of the other spots on the organizationÕs board of directors.
Indian Charlie is the sire of Mr. Nightlinger and 35 other stakes winners. His 10 2008 added-money winners also include champion Indian Blessing (gr. I) and Indyanne (gr. III). The 1998 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner, Indian Charlie stands at JonesÕ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., where his 2008 fee was $50,000.ÑJ.W.
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