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Orientate victorious in Sprint
Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Orientate continued his march to the champion Sprinter crown with a victory in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park.

Jockey Jerry Bailey (right) celebrates aboard Orientate.
Ridden by Jerry Bailey, Orientate ($7.40) caught the longshot Thunderello in the final furlong and won by a half-length, finishing six furlongs in 1:08.89. Crafty C.T., another longshot, finished third in the field of 13.

Orientate won his fifth consecutive race in the BC Sprint, a streak preceded by wins in the Aristides, Smile Sprint, Vanderbilt and Forego handicaps since late June. A 4-year-old, Orientate is owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by D. Wayne Lukas. He has won 10 of 19 starts.

Orientate was always prominent, but did not challenge Thunderello in the first half of the race.

On the backstretch, Orientate was fourth behind Thunderello, Carson Hollow and Xtra Heat. With a wide rally, Orientate moved closer at the head of the stretch. He needed the entire lane to catch 45-1 Thunderello, who was making just his sixth career start for owners Charles Mady and trainer Scott Lake.



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