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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1994
Don't mess with Sunny Sunrise.Those will be the instructions Tom Schwigen, starter at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., will give his assistants when the horses are loaded in the gate today for the sixth running of the Suffolk Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup."Tail him or tong him and I'll scratch him," is what the horse's trainer, Bud Delp, told the track's general manager, Lou Raffetto Jr., earlier this week.On Preakness Day, Sunny Sunrise went off a slight second choice to favored Taking Risks in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
The old-timer relived his past glory yesterday.Winless in 18 months, Sunny Sunrise reached back for something extra yesterday and stood off stablemate Western Echo by a half-length to take the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.It was the 15th victory in 51 lifetime starts for the 9-year-old chestnut gelding, who pushed his career earnings above $1.3 million.Pimlico and Sunny Sunrise are as compatible and tea and crumpets."He loves this track," said trainer Buddy Delp. "He's run here nine times and won five, including this race three times."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Sunny Sunrise, Maryland's irascible millionaire thoroughbred, received an OK from starter Jimmy Havens yesterday and will run Saturday in the $200,000-added Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Laurel Race Course.The 7-year-old gelding, who has developed a history of problems at the starting gate, flatly refused to break from the gate during a morning workout session at Laurel on Thursday.Havens told the horse's trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp, that Sunny Sunrise would be required to come back to the gate and break sharply before he would be allowed to run in Saturday's rich handicap even though the horse has raced 46 times and won $1.1 million.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1996
The race loomed as a blistering speed battle between Sunny Sunrise and Richie The Coach, with both trying to fend off Philadelphia Park invader Michael's Star at the end.It never happened.Sunny Sunrise upheld his end of the billing and Michael's Star came roaring through the stretch, but Richie The Coach never fired.At the end of a two-horse hookup, Michael's Star had out-dueled Sunny Sunrise by half a length and won the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park yesterday.
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | July 16, 1992
LAUREL -- Sunny Sunrise, top-weighted for Saturday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a $300,000 Grade III handicap for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs at Laurel Race Course, worked three furlongs in 35 seconds yesterday."
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | July 16, 1992
LAUREL -- Sunny Sunrise, top-weighted for Saturday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a $300,000 Grade III handicap for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs at Laurel Race Course, worked three furlongs in 35 seconds yesterday."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer | June 19, 1993
Sunny Sunrise gets a chance for redemption and could top the $1 million mark in earnings today in the eighth running of the $175,000 Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Race Course.In last year's race, Excellent Tipper -- trained by Howie Tesher -- drove past Sunny Sunrise in the stretch to win by a head and set the Laurel track record for 1 1/8 miles: 1 minute, 47 3/5 seconds."[Sunny Sunrise] ran his heart out," said Grover "Bud" Delp, the horse's trainer.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 29, 1993
Sunny Sunrise got the lead.Click.Track announcer Dave Rodman might as well have shut off his microphone yesterday when no one challenged the Bud Delp-trained pace-setter in the early running of the John B. Campbell Handicap.The horse led wire-to-wire at Pimlico Race Course, winning the 39th renewal of the historic handicap by four lengths over 8-5 favorite Ibex.Anyone expecting a repeat of the Sunny Sunrise-Ameri Valay speed duel that developed last month in the Harrison Johnson Memorial at Laurel was fooled.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 18, 1992
LAUREL -- Senor Speedy has plenty of velocidas, or speed, in Spanish.The 5-year-old horse, owned and trained by native Argentinians, proved it in the stretch of the General George Stakes yesterday. He quickened in the final sixteenth of a mile like a polo pony from the Pampas and overwhelmed favored Sunny Sunrise about 70 yards from the finish. He won by two lengths.Senor Speedy, who chased the nation's best sprinters last year, came from last place in the 12-horse field and set a new stakes record of 1 minute, 21 4/5 seconds for seven furlongs.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1996
The race loomed as a blistering speed battle between Sunny Sunrise and Richie The Coach, with both trying to fend off Philadelphia Park invader Michael's Star at the end.It never happened.Sunny Sunrise upheld his end of the billing and Michael's Star came roaring through the stretch, but Richie The Coach never fired.At the end of a two-horse hookup, Michael's Star had out-dueled Sunny Sunrise by half a length and won the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park yesterday.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1996
The field of eight required almost five minutes to load while Sunny Sunrise balked and required some equipment adjustments.Once they were off, Sunny Sunrise seemed to like the changes, setting punishing fractions in the 1 1/8 -mile Native Dancer Handicap yesterday at Laurel Park.But in the end, Gulf Reckoning showed his versatility, rallying from just off the lead to nail the pacesetter by 1 3/4 lengths and win the $75,000 event.Gulf Reckoning had won the Congressional Handicap here three weeks ago by setting his own tempo while running on the front end from wire to wire.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | September 11, 1994
Jeff Carle arrived in Maryland last winter on the tail end of an ice storm and has worked relentlessly since then to try to crack the upper echelon of top jockeys.Yesterday, Carle got his first big break.The 29-year-old rider from upstate New York teamed with the aged gelding Sunny Sunrise and scored a front-running, 5 1/2 -length victory over Aggressive Chief in the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.It was the kind of race that sparked memories of the Sunny Sunrise of old, a multiple graded-stakes winner of more than $1 million, who until yesterday hadn't won a race this year and seemed over the hill.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
Asserche is known for loping along in the back of the pack during route races, seemingly out of contention as the speed horses race away from him.In his previous start, he was truly out of the running, finishing ninth in the Sir Ivor Stakes at Laurel.Yesterday, it was a different story.Jockey Edgar Prado allowed the gelding to go at his own pace, and Asserche was never too far off the lead in the $35,000 Cedar Key Stakes. By the time the turn into the stretch arrived, Asserche was ready.He took command willingly in the 1 7/8 -mile turf test and drew away to a four-length victory over another closer, Vladivostok, in a Pimlico track-record 3 minutes, 14 4/5 seconds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1994
Brass Scale, a 3-year-old competing against older horses, made his stakes debut an impressive one yesterday at Pimlico.The gelding challenged the track record for 1 1/8 miles while coming from just off the pace under Edgar Prado for a 2 1/4 -length victory over Jest Punching in the $53,400 Broad Brush Stakes.In the process, Brass Scale defeated the defending champion of the stakes, Frottage, who passed the tiring pacesetter, Ameri Valay, for third in a five-horse field.Brass Scale stalked the leaders until reaching the top of the lane, then roared past them to finish in 1:47 3/5, only two-fifths of a second off Private Terms' track record.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1994
The aptly named Unlawful Behavior tried to take a bite out of the competition yesterday at Pimlico.The tactic -- fairly common at dog tracks where the competitors are muzzled, but unusual in horse racing -- didn't work, and Ask Me Out lasted to win the $22,000 allowance co-feature by a nose.With Mark Johnston aboard for trainer King Leatherbury, Unlawful Behavior came charging at pace-setting Steve Hamilton and Ask Me Out during the stretch run.Ask Me Out drifted out from the rail toward the closer, who drifted inward slightly.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Sunny Sunrise, Maryland's irascible millionaire thoroughbred, received an OK from starter Jimmy Havens yesterday and will run Saturday in the $200,000-added Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Laurel Race Course.The 7-year-old gelding, who has developed a history of problems at the starting gate, flatly refused to break from the gate during a morning workout session at Laurel on Thursday.Havens told the horse's trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp, that Sunny Sunrise would be required to come back to the gate and break sharply before he would be allowed to run in Saturday's rich handicap even though the horse has raced 46 times and won $1.1 million.
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | July 17, 1992
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.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 16, 1992
LAUREL -- He Is Risen outran expected front-runner Sunny Sunrise for the lead yesterday in the $100,000 Polynesian Handicap at Laurel Race Course and drew off over a sloppy track to post a 6 1/4 -length win.Peanut Butter Onit, winner of his past two starts at Monmouth Park, rallied to finish second, one-half length in front of Sunny Sunrise, the 6-5 favorite.A speed duel never developed between the pace-setters.Greg Hutton, who rode He Is Risen, said he expected Mike Luzzi to take the lead with Sunny Sunrise, who was also the beaten favorite in his last start, the Frank J. De Francis Dash on July 18. "I was surprised when he [Luzzi]
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1994
Don't mess with Sunny Sunrise.Those will be the instructions Tom Schwigen, starter at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., will give his assistants when the horses are loaded in the gate today for the sixth running of the Suffolk Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup."Tail him or tong him and I'll scratch him," is what the horse's trainer, Bud Delp, told the track's general manager, Lou Raffetto Jr., earlier this week.On Preakness Day, Sunny Sunrise went off a slight second choice to favored Taking Risks in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
Edgar Prado and Secret Odds remained unbeaten as a tandem in the $150,000 Maryland Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade III event at six furlongs on the Preakness card yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.Secret Odds proved a prophetic name. The horse went off as the fifth choice in a field of 10 and returned $16.60 to win.Prado took his mount to the front soon after the start and never relinquished the lead.Speed horses were faltering in the preceding races, but Secret Odds defied the trend and trainer Larry Murray said he "was scared to death" before the race.
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