Sunny Sunrise gets OK to race


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.

Havens scheduled the gate test during the Laurel card yesterday to simulate racing conditions.

After the seventh race was completed, Sunny Sunrise entered the starting gate alone under new jockey Edgar Prado, broke alertly and ran five furlongs in a quick 58 1/5 seconds.

"Pull him up, pull him up," Delp said after he watched the horse race the first three furlongs in 34 3/5 seconds and a half-mile in 46 3/5 seconds.

Havens said the horse "broke good" and will be allowed to race Saturday.

Delp added, "I just hope he didn't leave his race on the track," meaning that he hoped the horse didn't work too fast before the race and will be able to rebuild his energy reserves by Saturday.

Only four other horses -- Conte Di Savoya, Frottage, Super Memory and Crafty Coventry -- are expected to face Sunny Sunrise in the race.

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