03/20/2009 11:00PM

Siren Lure rallies in sprint


Last early as Red Arrow cut out fast fractions, Siren Lure flew through the lane to score his 15th career victory and edge close to the $1 million mark in career earnings as he won the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint on Saturday.

Red Arrow outhustled A Cat Named Snipe to take the lead down the backstretch through a 21.65-second opening quarter-mile as Siren Lure trailed the other four runners in the field, sitting 10 1/2 lengths behind the leader.

Siren Lure ($5.60) began moving up on the turn, rallying outside Big Bad Leroybrown, who stuck his head in front in the stretch. But the 8-year-old Siren Lure, making his first start since Dec. 21, had too much momentum and pulled clear to win the six-furlong race by a length in 1:09.76. Big Bad Leroybrown finished second, and Mutak Gold was third.

"The fractions helped me a lot," winning rider Frank Alvarado said. "I knew by the three-eighths pole that we'd win."

Winning trainer Steve Sherman said he would consider the San Francisco Mile on the turf on April 25.

"This horse is just the epitome of the word class," he said.

The victory, worth $45,000, boosted Siren Lure's career earnings to $982,244 from 15 wins in 35 starts. A Joyeux Danseur gelding, he is owned by Stuart Kesselman and Tony and Marilyn Melkonian.