09/06/2002 11:00PM

Sharp Impact ends Godolphin drought


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - His odds just kept falling lower and lower - 6-5 at post time - and then Sharp Impact showed why. Finishing resolutely under jockey Ray Sibille, Sharp Impact beat the Illinois-bred Wiggins by three-quarters of a length Saturday in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.

It was the first stakes win at Arlington for Godolphin, the powerful international stable that started running an Arlington string last summer. With a solid debut win here July 18, Sharp Impact showed he was one of the more forward 2-year-olds in the Arlington barn, and he was ably pointed to the Spectacular Bid by Davey Duggan, assistant trainer to Eoin Harty.

The six-furlong Spectacular Bid was full of unproven maiden winners, but Duggan said this week that Sharp Impact had trained well and was acting professionally, and bettors targeted him as the most likely to progress. Always close to a quick pace set by Bold America, Sibille asked Sharp Impact for his run turning for home and got the response he was looking for.

Racing on a fast main track that produced quick times all day, Sharp Impact was timed in 1:10.29.

Wiggins ran well in defeat, rallying from third to clearly finish second, a length in front of the late-running Unleash the Power.