Bright Valour Repeats in Hanshin Cup

Bright Valour won his second consecutive $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park on Saturday. Bright Valour, ridden by Robby Albarado, took the lead in the stretch and beat Apt to Be by three-quarters of a length.

"I had a ton of horse and felt if I could squeeze through there, he could carry me home and he did," Albarado said.

Castlewood finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up. Tic N Tin came home five lengths farther back in fourth, followed by Rocky Robyn, A'fire, and Fan the Flame. Globalize was pulled up on the turn and vanned off the track. Jockey Ray Sibille said Globalize bled during the race.

Bright Valour, declared the winner of last year's Hanshin after the post-race disqualification of Yankee Victor, covered the mile on a muddy track in 1:36.21 and paid $5.40, $3.20, and $2.80. Apt to Be returned $5 and $4.20. Castlewood paid $8 to show. The winning exacta returned $31.20.

Bright Valour earned $60,000 for Lazy Lane Farms Inc. for the win, his eight in 15 career starts. Bright Valour (Wild Again--Burnished Bright, by Well Decorated) is trained by Albert M. Stall Jr. and was bred in Kentucky by Jaime S. Carrion, Trustee.

The Hanshin Cup is an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association, which runs an Arlington-titled stakes race each year at the Hanshin Race Course. (Chart, Equibase)