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Penney Barn has Sabertooth on Mile track


June 8, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sabertooth wins FSN Handicap
(photo by courtesy Emerald Downs)
By Patrick Kerrison

Auburn, WA--State Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney was all smiles when his 7-year-old horse Sabertooth returned to the winner's circle with a 6- furlong world record in FSN Handicap on Saturday, May 28.

The record-breaking performance puts Sabertooth firmly on the Longacres Mile trail. The Washington-bred son of Petersburg by Exit's Baby won the Mile in 2002 and Penney has won the Mile four times--with Silver Mallet in 1973, Theologist in 1977, Edneator in 2000 and Sabertooth.

"Sabertooth trains well into a race," Penney said. "That's proven."

The gelding is 6-6-0 from 21 starts lifetime and has earned $273,070.

Tim McCanna said 7-year-old Poker Brad came back in good shape from the FSN Handicap after finishing a strong closing fourth in the 6 furlong stakes. "I have to sprint him every so often just to remind myself he can't do it," McCanna said.

Trainer Diane Garrison plans to bring 7-year-old Alfurune to the track later in the season. "Once we get him here he'll be ready to work in 10 days," Garrison said. Alfurune finished fourth in the 2003 Longacres Mile and may get another look at the Gr. 3 stakes this year. The Washington-bred by Alfaari won the Independence Day Handicap in 2003.