Sunny Sunrise comes up as favorite De Francis Dash gets speed from California

July 17, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

LAUREL -- Sunny Sunrise, who has been established as the 7-2 favorite, will start from the No. 9 post position in tomorrow's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a $300,000 six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Race Course.

The field for the second richest sprint race in the nation is set at 12, with Arrowtown being scratched yesterday before the draw for post positions.

Sunny Sunrise, a 5-year-old gelding by Sunny's Halo out of the Rising Market mare, Xalapa Sunrise, is trained by Bud Delp and will be ridden by Mike Luzzi.

"He [Sunny Sunrise] seems ready," said Delp of his speedster who has won 12 of 33 career races and finished in the money in 11 others. "He has worked very well and is a very versatile horse. I doubt he'll be in front early because those California horses can really roll. We just want to be in a good position."

Second choice in the early line at 5-1 is the entry of the lone filly in the field, Parisian Flight from Louisiana, and Canadian speedball Key Spirit. Parisian Flight, to be ridden by Edgar Prado, drew the No. 11 post and Key Spirit, with David Penna aboard, drew No. 5.

Also at 5-1 is To Freedom, to be ridden by Art Madrid out of the No. 6 post.

Four horses, including the three from California -- Southern Justice, Fabulous Champ and Dolly's Fortune -- and Burn Fair, are 8-1.

Dolly's Fortune, a 3-year-old colt who has won his past three starts and will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux, is a member of the California contingent.

"My horse [Dolly's Fortune] is just starting to come into his own, and we believe this is the time for him to run in a big race like this," said trainer Doug Peterson. "I'm very happy with [No. 7]. I wouldn't want to be on the rail or too far inside."

Fred Groves, trainer of Hooliganisim, which is 12-1 and drew the No. 10 post, said his horse is ready for a big race. "He ran third in the Decathlon at Monmouth and then destroyed horses in his last race at Laurel [won by eight lengths in an allowance race]. He's sharp right now, on the top of his game."

Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash

Tomorrow's eighth race at Laurel. $300,000 Grade III Handicap, six furlongs, 3-year-olds and up. Value to winner: $180,000. 2nd $60,000. 3rd $30,000. 4th $18,000. 5th $12,000. Track record: 1:08, Fighting Notion, July 2, 1992. Stakes record: 1.08 3/5, Housebuster, July 20, 1991.

Post... Horse..... ..... ..... Jockey.... .... Weight... Early odds

1...... Southern Justice ..... A. Solis.. .... 117...... 8-1

2...... King Corrie..... ..... R. Sabourin.... 117...... 12-1

3...... Smart Alec...... ..... M. Pino... .... 117...... 12-1

4...... Burn Fair....... ..... J. Chavez...... 114...... 8-1

5...... a-Key Spirit.... ..... D. Penna....... 119...... 5-1

6...... To Freedom...... ..... A. Madrids Jr.. 117...... 5-1

7...... Dolly's Fortune....... K. Desormeaux.. 107...... 8-1

8...... Fabulous Champ........ C. Nakatani.... 107...... 8-1

9...... Sunny Sunrise......... M. Luzzi....... 123...... 7-2

10..... Hooliganisim.... ..... S. Chavez...... 114...... 15-1

11..... a-Parisian Flight..... E. Prado....... 114...... 5-1

12..... Superstrike..... ..... D. Sorenson.... 110...... 12-1

a-John Franks entry.

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