Saturday, October 1, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . October 1, 2005 . . . The bettors overlooked Artemus Sunrise in the crowded $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, but at the wire he was right in front where everyone could see him. The four-year-old colt’s 30-1 odds were a mystery to trainer Steve Flint, who claimed him in May for $40,000 for owner Thad Ackel.
“He hasn’t run worse than third since I claimed him,” Flint said, “and I think it was my fault when he ran third [in the Governor’s Handicap at Ellis Park]. I ran him back 13 days apart. I wanted to give him a little more time, and this race fell in perfect. I wanted to run him here and then back in the first stake at Churchill [the Grade III Ack Ack Handicap], and I wanted to see if he liked this track because we’re going to stay here this winter. He seemed to handle it well, and hopefully he can continue his success.”
Artemus Sunrise had no experience over Turfway’s Polytrack surface before his win Saturday but Flint expected no hesitation from the colt. “He adapts to everything,” Flint said. “He’s raced over fast tracks, sloppy tracks—he’s a very consistent horse; that’s why we claimed him.” Artemus Sunrise is now 7-7-1 from 22 starts and has earned $305,595.
Anticipating a hot pace, Flint instructed jockey Jesus Castanon to sit off the pace. Running three wide, Artemus Sunrise tracked the :23.47 and :46.81 fractions set by Old Deuteronomy and then moved out one more lane on the turn to make his bid for the lead. Mr. Krisley, in after One Nice Cat scratched, made a run from near the back of the pack to finish second, 3/4 of a length behind the winner. Turf specialist Mighty Military, also running just off the pace, finished another half-length back in third. With Distinction, running on one week’s rest, finished a nose back in fourth after pressing the pace and briefly leading.
Final time for the one-mile race was 1:37.31, now the Turfway record on Polytrack. The winner paid $63.80, $28.40, and $16.20. Polytrack is always rated fast.
Completing the order of finish were Nkosi Reigns; Senor Swinger; Paging; Chippewa Trail; Wiggins; Pro Prado; Stormy Impact; and Old Deuteronomy.
Live racing continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern and then returns at 7:00 p.m. next Wednesday and Thursday, the last two days of Turfway’s Fall Meet.