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Saint Leon Wins Gate to Wire in the Arlington Sprint!

On this gorgeous day in Chicago, seven year old Saint Leon wires the field defeating Breeders’ Cup champions Chamberlain Bridge and Regally Ready in the 2012 Arlington Sprint Handicap!
 
See the post parade video HERE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Birdie Beats Par)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Chamberlain Bridge) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Saint Leon) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Longhunter)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Regally Ready) 
 
 
There was no twist in the plot of this race as Saint Leon went straight to the lead with pace-setting jockey E.T. Baird. The expected speed of Birdie Beats Par did not hold as he faded throughout the race. Eight year old champion Chamberlain Bridge missed the break entirely right out of the gate.
 
Saint Leon set some pretty fast fractions of :22.1 and :45.3 in this dash for the finish, but his recent form would tell you that he had enough to hang on…and he did just that. At the top of the stretch he had a four length lead over Longhunter, who also tried to hang in. The lead diminished throughout the stretch however as Chamberlain Bridge came out of the clouds to make up for the bad start. However it was Saint Leon who held on to win by half of a length.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Winner!)
 
My other photos for the day can be seen HERE
 
I caught up with E.T. Baird after the race and I asked him about whether or not he saw Chamberlain Bridge coming or not. “I heard him” he said!
 
 
 
 
This was a very exciting, yet brief, race and I was so excited to see the local Chicago runner take home the graded stakes! I also spoke with the owners after the race and apparently there is a fascinating story about Saint Leon’s background and journey to the race track. I’ll dig more into that story.
 
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Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I also had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!

I followed racing all through the remainder of high school and college in Illinois, paying close attention to the likes of Lost Code, Alysheba, Cryptoclearance, Risen Star, Sunday Silence, and Tabasco Cat.  I spent every possible moment at Arlington Park with my dad, taking time to develop computer programs (on Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS) to try to find patterns and handicap races more accurately.  My dad taught me a lot about handicapping races, paying particular attention to class moves!

I'm more of a fan of racing now than ever before, and have made a lot of friends in, and because of, the industry.  For that I am eternally grateful!  Once being deemed the second best racing ambassador in Chicago (hey I've been called worse),
I now reside in the Richmond, Virginia area and will be covering many different aspects of racing - DARK HORSE STYLE!  My goal for this blog is to get people more interested in horse racing while focusing on my home(s) away from home, the race tracks of America! My favorite tracks are Arlington, Colonial, Canterbury, Del Mar, Gulfstream, Hawthorne, and Keeneland!
 
At the end of the day though, I'm just a regular guy who loves horse racing a whole lot.   It is my honor to be a part of the Horse Racing Nation team and I truly hope you enjoy this blog. 

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