Following a long, often strange path over the past few years, former Arlington riding champion Shane Sellers is returning to his old stamping grounds to ride again.
"I'm looking forward to coming back to the place where I had such success," Sellers said. "I'm very grateful for the opportunities I've been given since I came out of retirement, and also for this opportunity to get with Pat Cuccurullo as my agent and come back to Chicago."
Sellers, who set a single-season record of 219 wins during a meeting at Arlington, a record that still stands, admitted to Arlington's Graham Ross that he has some atoning to do for some mistakes he made that led to his retirement from the game 41/2 years ago, a retirement that ended last year.
"I have a long way to go," he said, "and I have a lot of amends to make, but I'm making progress.
"When I first got to Delaware Park, I went by the barn of Larry and Cindy Jones to say hello, and basically they let me know I could say hello but they weren't going to use me on any of their horses.
"Then Larry and Cindy and I kept running into each other after Bible classes at Delaware and eventually we got to talking. Then one day I looked on the overnight (entry sheet) and they had put me on one of their horses.
"One thing that made me feel real good was something that Larry said to me the other day. He said, 'I like the Shane Sellers I'm seeing today.' "
He's not the only one.
"I like the 'me' I'm seeing today, too," Sellers said.
Arlington Sprint: Slight second favorite Chamberlain Bridge ($1.10-1) rode the rail behind a fast pace, then spun three-wide heading into the stretch and pulled away for a 41/2-length victory over Bullet From Abroad (15-1) in Saturday's $125,000 Arlington Sprint.
The win was Chamberlain Bridge's 13th in 27 career starts and snapped a two-race winless streak.
"It was just a matter of time," winning jockey Jamie Theriot said. "The last couple of times he's run, he's stayed right off the pace and hasn't shown all the speed he has in the past."
The race favorite, Sacred Journey, finished fourth in the five-horse field.