06/23/2007 12:00AM

Tune of the Spirit wires in Sussex


Tune of the Spirit notched his sixth win in 14 starts over the Delaware turf course, leading from start to finish in the $100,000 Sussex Stakes, beating the late-running Dreadnaught by a head.

With his post 3 draw made the inside slot after scratches, Tune of the Spirit broke sharply and quickly made the lead under jockey Roberto Alvarado Jr. Pressed by the 8-5 favorite, Giant Wrecker, through fractions of 25.16 seconds, 49.62, and 1:12.62 through three-quarters of a mile, Tune of the Spirit began to increase his lead on the far turn, going ahead by 2 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch. As Giant Wrecker continued to run evenly, Dreadnaught, who had sat close to the early pace under Jean-Luc Samyn, made his rally from fourth place, took aim on the leader, and just fell short. Giant Wrecker finished another three-quarters of a length back, having held third over Gray Suitor by a half-length.

Tune of the Spirit, a 6-year-old gelding by Concorde's Tune, finished the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.35, paying $33. He is trained by Stacey Parker for Patricia Generazio.